30 June 2011
From 7-11 July, a group of churches in Stratford, London are using the success of their World Cup-themed mission last year to bring evangelistic sporting events to their communities.
Last year, 200 people responded to the World Cup mission, and this year the mission will be creating open air events which the churches plan to repeat in 2012 for the Olympics.
Being led by evangelist Roger Murphy from Through Faith Missions (TFM) at St John's Church, Stratford the mission involves more than 17 churches in the Stratford area from a number of denominations.
Teams have been drawn from churches all over the country and will also be joined by professional evangelists.
Churches in the area will also be holding their own local events with St John's Stratford running music and creative events as part of the mission in the church grounds.
Evangelist Steve Gurnett from OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigns) will also be with audiences at the events entertaining and evangelising in a unique way. He said: "I give a simple gospel message and paint on a large sketchboard. Painting the key words helps reinforce the message. Then too, the pictures create interest."
Events being held at St John's Church ground include music, escapology and creative object lessons. Other members of the mission will give out food and drink and talk with people visiting the site.
TFM and OAC Ministries work with churches together throughout the UK helping them to reach out to the local community through mission.