About 76 young people and leaders take part in StreetReach
Lisburn Elim and Elmwood Presbyterian
Church was the base for about 76 young people and youth leaders
involved in StreetReach last week. Co-ordinated by Captain John
O’Neill of the Church Army and Supported by Crown Jesus
Ministries, the event, held from Thursday 20th to
Saturday 22nd April allowed young people from 19
Lisburn churches to give a practical demonstration of God’s love
in the local community.
Each morning the whole team met for
tea/coffee, prayers, worship and inspirational teaching at
Lisburn Elim before leaving divided into two teams for three
days of community work in Hillhall and Ballymacash. The
Hillhall team was under the leadership of Keith Mitchell and
Gareth Murphy - CJM and Matt Craig - First Lisburn. The team
lifted rubbish, painted fences, tidied up gardens and the
tow-path, cleared and weeded a large bank in the estate planting
it out in new shrubs and flowers.
The Ballymacash Team, based at Elmwood
Presbyterian Church, was under the leadership of Philip Kerr -
CJM and Stephen Auld - Elmwood. The team painted out the
graffiti in the subway at the entrance to Ballymacash
replacing it with a colourful Lisburn StreetReach ’06 logo.
They also tidied up gardens and grass areas, painted fences and
gave the area a general clean up.
Many of the local residents remarked
positively regarding the excellent work that was carried out by
the young people and leaders on behalf of the churches
Captain John O’Neill - Church
Army (left in second row), Philip Kerr (6th
from left in back row), Gareth Murphy (right in
second row) and Keith Mitchell - CJM
(right in front row)
local church leaders and some of the StreetReach
team about to leave for the last of 3 days community
work in Hillhall and Ballymacash.
Keith Lunn - First Lisburn,
Gareth Murphy - CJM, Matt Craig - First Lisburn,
Andrew Maze - St Paul’s and Andrew Donaldson -
Kingdom Life and the Hillhall team pictured at a
large bank in the estate that they weeded and tidied
up and planted out in new shrubs and flowers.
Stephen Auld - Elmwood Youth Worker (front
centre) pictured with the Ballymacash team at the
subway at Ballymacash where they painted out the
graffiti with white paint replacing it with the
colourful Lisburn StreetReach ’06 logo shown.
Leaders involved in last
week’s StreetReach L to R: (back row) Philip Kerr -
CJM, Captain John O’Neill - Church Army, Stephen
Auld, Matt Craig, Andrew Donaldson, Craig McConnell,
Keith Lunn, William Duncan and Gareth Murphy - CJM.
(front row) Ashley Parks, Gillian Walker, Roberta
Cowan, David Acheson, Kylie Duncan, Louise Monroe,
Lynn Acheson and Laura Best.
David McKechnie, David Morrison
and Timothy Whan hard at work in a garden at