Home & Away began in September who reach out to students at the weekly English Classes, and to asylum seekers. Network Leaders, Chris and Rachel share part of the journey with us.
How do you share life and love Leeds? We share life by eating food together before every class, cooked by an Iranian family. We share life by building community, teaching people English and learning about different cultures; meeting up once a term to play sports, go for walks, have tea. We pastorally support students who are struggling in college or finding work, signposting where we can to agencies and others who can help. We share life through evangelism; most students and some teachers aren’t Christian. Last year we hosted a table at the Alpha course with a good turnout from students. We will be having a Christmas party with a talk from Joanna that explains what Christmas means to Christians.
What has been challenging? It’s been exciting to see more and more students each week; now around 40. But this is also a challenge.
How has God worked through people in the Network? Two students attended the recent Alpha course, one student joined a small group - this is God at work. There’s also a good sense of community between new and returning students and teachers. God has answered prayers for student numbers to increase and for new volunteers, especially for teaching the upper levels.
What do you hope for the new year? We hope for a good response to Joanna’s talk at the Christmas party and for people to become more interested in Christianity. Please pray for new volunteers in the New Year, for teaching and for washing up!
Find out more about Networks at St George's and how to join one here.