Young Christians doing service in Wallasey 2014

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undefinedForty-nine young people and leaders from Heswall Youth Fellowship (YF) went over to Wallasey to work for the local community for three days this summer. The visit impacted the lives of many young people both volunteers and those they helped. After much prayerful preparation, and in consultation with several church leaders in Wallasey, three teams were involved in mission work in Seacombe, Liscard and Leasowe.

Providing training and encouragement for everyone taking part were:  YF leader Christine Blair; Emily Kim and Alex Lederer (interns with ‘Time for God’, an organisation which helps young Christians travel abroad on faith work), and trainee youth worker Chris Jarvis.

A free trip to Rampworx – a place for skateboarders and BMX (sporty) cyclists – in Liverpool was taken up by around 40 young people from Wallasey, allowing the young leaders to start building relationships and invite people to further events, including a barbecue and a movie night.

A holiday club at St Chad’s church was welcomed by parents, with around 25 children coming along each day. There was also a drop-in for teenagers, which was a lively place full of fun and food.

Macdonald’s burger place in Liscard (the traditional shopping centre of Wallasey) welcomed YF members who erected a gazebo nearby, offering face-painting, nail art and Christian literature.

The street evangelism was a real challenge for the YF team but over the days many significant conversations happened, including people being prayed for and giving their lives to Christ.

Those doing acts of kindness in Seacombe ran a free car wash at Tesco, cleaned streets, and helped out where they were needed.

On the last night of the mission, the evangelical Christian Darrell Tunningley from Runcorn shared his testimony, and answered some difficult questions.  Many people asked for prayer and more than 60 people filled in response cards for leaders in Wallasey to follow up.

One of the Heswall team said “I have learnt a lot. God grows our faith by perseverance. And God has helped me to grow so much during the few days we were serving”.

Another commented: “Someone I prayed with made a commitment to follow Jesus after Darrel's talk. She wants to find out more about Jesus and would absolutely love to be part of a Christian youth group.”

YF leader Christine Blair said: “We saw God at work, made friends with many people, and developed our partnerships with the Wallasey churches. Our young people have grown incredibly as they took risks for Jesus and stepped out of their comfort zones. God has done so much in and through us. The teams were frequently asked what we were doing in Wallasey, giving us a great opportunity to share the Gospel.”

Several house groups from Heswall became involved and so the mission was very much embraced by the whole parish. Those involved are now discerning how and where God will sustain the work and where they can continue to develop their partnerships.

Above, Heswall YF leader with one of the new friends made recently in Wallasey

Below, a toddler joins in the fun of Heswall YF's mission project with Emily Kim