"To befriend and show God's love to asylum seekers, refugees and all who attend the St G’s English classes."
Rachel and Chris Baxfield, who have been attending St George's for over seven years, are now the leaders of the new Network 'Home & Away'. Rachel is a GP registrar and Chris is a Housing Support Worker at Faith Lodge Hostel. The vision is to reach out to asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds.
How did you become Christians? We both grew up as Christians, Rachel as a Catholic and Chris as an Anglican. We have both been tested in faith, Rachel in her late teens and Chris through his mid 20s, but have found our faiths rejuvenated over the last seven years at St George's.
Why did you want to set up a new Network? For a number of years we have helped run English Classes for Asylum seekers, refugees and other non-English speaking people on Monday evenings at St George's Centre. Recently, we have felt called to integrate it more with St George's and invite church members to share friendship and God's love with the students.
What can St G’s pray for Home & Away? That Monday evening English Classes will flourish, with plenty of students and volunteers. For God-infused conversations between students and volunteers, and also for stimulating and enjoyable Network events that appeal to all.
How is Home & Away going to share life and love Leeds? We envision local outings in Leeds, shared meals, trips to Ilkley and other local towns, walks in the countryside, and other activities that will help build friendships between St George's members and the English Classes.
Email Chris and Rachel to find out more about this Network or how to get involved.