A few highlights of what has been going on at BPC during the month of April:
At the beginning of the month, guest speaker, Gary Holdcroft, preached a message called ‘The 10 second rule’, all about controlling anger. On Easter Sunday, Pastor Mark preached on the Passover and how it was a special feast that looked forward to Jesus, the lamb, who was slain. The month ended with Pastor Mark introducing the church’s new season of ‘Extravagantly Blessing’, by looking at the feeding of the 5000, and how Jesus took what little the crowd had, blessed it and miraculously multiplied it in the hands of the disciples.
At the beginning of the month, Pastor Mark concluded his Bible study on Charismatics with Character. The following Sunday was Easter Sunday, and we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection with a baptismal service, where two of our young people showed their committment to following Christ by being baptised.
The first Monday of the month we had our meeting for women called the ‘Ladies Lighthouse’, with guest speaker Amy Wyatt who brought an excellent word. We also saw the start of a new home group for youth. The youth meetings ran as usual with the exception of the last Friday in the month, when our youth worship group had the privilege of leading worship at a city youth event called ‘Fierce’, a project aimed at encouraging and connecting the young people in our churches as well as reaching young people for Christ. Our other weekly services ran as usual.
This month has been a busy one for the church, organising a number of special events.
At the beginning of the month, one of our youth leaders, Esther Scrimshaw, organised an Afternoon Tea in order to raise money for ‘Ruff and Ruby’, a charity she works for which is doing an amazing work with young people and the under-privileged in the city.
On Good Friday, the Biddulph Churches Together did a Flash Mob of ‘Amazing Grace’ in Sainsbury’s, started off by Pastor Liz. The video soon went viral on facebook, totalling around 40,000 views. Without doubt, the most viewed Easter witness that Biddulph Churches Together has ever had.
The end of April marked the end of our season of ‘Mutually Honouring’ and so we celebrated it with a Sunday Funday for the whole church which we called the ‘Big Church Day In’. We had guest speakers Paul and Sara Jukes from Breathe City Church, and in between the meetings we had a meal together and then enjoyed various activities together ranging from a quiz to gladiator fights on inflatables. You can see the photos from the day here.
Right at the end of the month, we had the first of several outreaches as part of our church’s vision to be an extravagant blessing. We invited a Hiphop duo from the USA called Rokstedy. The group went into the middle schools and High School in order to perform for them and to teach them about how music can be used for good. The response from the children and the teachers was amazing. In the evening, the Hiphop group performed a concert at the church, and a visiting evangelist called Milan Presburger preached a message. The concert was well attended with around 30 young people in the church for the first time, and a number of people showing an interest in knowing more about God. We finished the week of outreach with an evening service on Sunday at which international evangelist, Milan Presburger, delivered a powerful message about Salvation, the meeting ended with many being touched powerfully by God.