Lizzy McCaffrey shares her story of becoming part of the Church family at Wrangthorn.
How did you come to faith?
I was brought up a Christian home and went to a lot of different churches during my childhood. I had a growing understanding of who God was and what Jesus had done for me, so when I was about 13 years old I gave my life to Jesus and came to know a relationship with him.
What brought you to Leeds?
I accepted a job in Castleford as an Optometrist after completing my degree at Cardiff Uni in 2011. I found myself moving to Leeds without knowing a single person here (including my housemates!). Coming from a small church background I explored a few different churches but felt God wanted me to settle at St. Georges.
"...although the service was very traditional I came away really moved by God and full of an excitement for the plans that He has for that place."
How did you get involved with Wrangthorn?
Last June I was offered a permanent job at my work and realised I would be staying in Leeds for a while. I felt challenged by God as to how I was going to begin serving at St Georges. I prayed about it and found that every time Wrangthorn was mentioned, God was prompting me. I then visited the church one Sunday and although the service was very traditional I came away really moved by God and full of an excitement for the plans that He has for that place. I have committed to being part of the Wrangthorn morning congregation since last August. In April this year I felt called to be a member of the PCC. I am so excited about God’s future for Wrangthorn and the growth of his kingdom in the Hyde Park area.
"Personally I have found it such a blessing getting to know people over the last few months, and have been really welcomed into the church family."
What is happening at Wrangthorn?
Personally I have found it such a blessing getting to know people over the last few months, and have been really welcomed into the church family. We have an 'under 30's' breakfast meeting once a month before the morning service to pray together and share food and fellowship. This has really grown over the past year. In May the new PCC met for the first time. It was such a positive meeting and our first decision was to increase our mission giving, despite a deficit in the budget, in faith that God will provide. Intern Millie has started a new ministry among the over 60's, and Wrangthorn was the base for the June project a few weeks ago; enabling students to go out and witness to Hyde Park.
Please pray for... an ongoing vision of how God wants us to build His kingdom; a continued sense of excitement about this and strength to face the challenges. For an increasing closeness as we grow together as a church family and an ability to welcome others. For wisdom as a PCC in all the decisions that will need to be made over the coming year. Opportunities to be able to reach out and witness to the Hyde Park community: both to the new students who move into the area in September and the existing residents.