"Thanks to all of you for playing your part in the St George’s family, and in furthering our mission to Share Life and Love Leeds. Thank you for giving your time, gifts, energy, commitment, prayers and financial support. It is a big team effort." Jonathan Clark
Here is an overview of our ministries and activities in the last 12 months. Together as a Church we can celebrate what God is doing!
"Several have becomes Christians, dozens have been encouraged in their own journey of discipleship and we have seen God at work in prayer ministry, prophetic words and healings."
We have had another good year with Alpha as we have transitioned from leadership by Joanna to Jon. Over 200 people have been exposed to Alpha with just under 100 people completing the entire course. This has included a weekend away in the Autumn Course and a day away in the Spring Course. Guests have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, several of whom came on the course because they searched the internet or saw the banner outside. We have been particularly blessed this last year in having international tables and tables with a focus on crypt clients. Several have becomes Christians, dozens have been encouraged in their own journey of discipleship and we have seen God at work in prayer ministry, prophetic words and healings. This ministry not only serves St G's but also blesses Christians and their guests who come from other churches in the city and beyond.
"Half a dozen people with addiction issues who have been met on the street have been placed in Christian residential centres with some of them staying several months, finding Jesus and breaking free from addiction."
In the last year we have regularly served the local community through bridge cafe, street evangelism and through occasional events such as Community BBQ and skate park mission. Some of the contacts made through these events have come to church, some to Alpha, and others have become followers of Jesus. It is evident in these situations that God is often going ahead of us and leading us into the opportunities for prayer and ministry. The pioneering skate mission last year, in association with Leeds City Mission, was particularly encouraging as we moved into a new area with a small team but made an impact. It is likely that an ongoing regular skate mission project will be launched within the coming months. Half a dozen people with addiction issues who have been met on the street have been placed in Christian residential centres with some of them staying several months, finding Jesus and breaking free from addiction. Links with the community have also been maintained and developed through the ongoing work of community choir and English classes.
During 2012 the Overseas Mission Committee awarded seventeen grants for short term mission projects and reviewed and renewed grants for five long term partners and the Tearfund/Uganda project. News and prayer requests from long term partners were disseminated via monthly blogs on St George's LIFE. An Xchange Xtravaganza evening was organised in July 2012, which included three speakers and a commissioning of the team to Romania. An 'Africa' evening in September brought together short term partners who had visited Africa and some of the African members of our congregation. In response to a request from Hugh and Heather Nelson, five members of St George's were sent to Japan to work with the Nelson family and allow Hugh some time off. The committee is in a transition phase; seeking to encourage and resource networks to take on responsibility for supporting short term mission and the organisation of overseas mission-related events.
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