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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Over 160 young people take part in Street Reach Lisburn 08

Over 160 young people from 31 local churches took part in Street Reach Lisburn 08 on Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th March. Each morning they met at First Lisburn Presbyterian Church for prayer, worship and teaching before dividing into five teams for community work in Knockmore and Tonagh; Hillhall and Low Road; Lambeg; Ballymacash and Lisburn City Centre. Organised by Lisburn's Christian youth leaders, they were involved in painting fences, tidying gardens, litter picking, graffiti removal and all the usual Street Reach activities including street parties, children's clubs, games and creative arts.

Some of the City Centre team offered free tea/coffee and balloons to shoppers in Bow Street; some did face fainting etc in Bow Street Mall; and some visited Residential Homes entertaining residents to a selection of well-known items of praise.

The Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley called in with the leaders and volunteers last Thursday morning to see at first hand the work being done by them as they demonstrated a practical display of Christian love throughout our City.

The 31 churches represented were: First Lisburn, Railway Street, Kilmakee, Carryduff, Harmony Hill and Elmwood Presbyterian churches; Balliemills Reformed Presbyterian Church; Lisburn Cathedral, St Paul's, Derryvolgie, Moira and Glenavy Church of Ireland; Seymour Street, Broomhedge, Ballynahinch, Finaghy and Glengormly Methodist; Lambeg, Carr, Ballynahinch, Finaghy and Strandtown Baptist; Lisburn, Hillsborough and Lurgan Elim, Lisburn Congregational; Wallace Avenue Gospel Hall; Base Youth Club; Sanctuary; CFC Strandtown; and Church of the Epiphany Finaghy.

After a hard day's work they met in Railway Street Presbyterian Church at about 5.00pm for a scrumptious meal prepared by a team from Railway Street on Thursday night and a team from Lisburn Elim on Friday night. Led by guitarists Dave Watt and Stephen Woods, some of the young people entertained shoppers in Lisburn City Centre on Saturday afternoon. A barbeque and concert in Railway Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening (6.00pm to 8.00pm) was followed by a Street Reach Celebration in Brownlee Primary School with Focus 24, bringing to a conclusion a great week of Christian outreach.

The organisers wish to thank all of the local churches for their support and to the many people who generously donated goods and money to the project. They also extend a special thanks to Lisburn City Council, Lisburn Community Safety Partnership and to the local businesses who supported Street Reach, including B&Q and Smyth Patterson Ltd.