We are so pleased to bring you another in our series of Good News Stories from Missions! Watch this space for more to come soon... In this blog, Tim Raynes, Missions Development Manager, shares about a new Mission for 2018: Ferguslie Park.
Summer 2018 saw the launch of a brand-new Mission event in Feegy, the local name for Ferguslie Park. SU Scotland had the very real privilege of partnering with numerous organisations desiring to be and bring good news to the children and young people of Scotland’s most deprived community. Create Paisley, Render Glasgow, YMCA Paisley and YWAM Scotland all jumped in offering team, in addition to many members of numerous churches across the area.
We ran a holiday club over five afternoons in the Tannahill Centre, the community’s hub and venue. Funding facilitated a tea-time meal for children and parents alike. Capping numbers to ensure we could manage the children well, we were delighted that we didn’t have to turn anyone away.
In the evenings, we offered teenagers sports activities on a local basketball and 5-a-side football pitch, but the very wet evenings diminished our potential.
Since the Mission event, a new Headteacher has started at the Primary School and local team members have been welcomed to deliver weekly assemblies and a school choir has begun, pioneered through the Voice Project who are also now running a weekly community choir in the church opposite the Tannahill Centre – 9 attended last week, enjoying good company and fun as well as belting out a few classics like 'Stand by Me'!
An area of the church halls are in process of development to facilitate a youth hub, in which, working with other key local youthwork providers, will run a weekly evening youth club/drop-in and from which a youth sports outreach, begun in the summer can move forward.
A fortnightly Thirsty Club has also begun, launched from the Holiday Club as a regular follow-up ministry with children and families. Several families are engaging with a good number of children showing the same enthusiasm for the games, crafts and songs they had during the Holiday Club - they are also having the opportunity to learn more about the significance of Jesus. Parents are engaged and joining in with activities as well as building positive relationships with each other and the team. Each Thirsty Club offers a meal – most recently enjoying soup and bread followed by apple pie and custard. What’s not to like?
And so we look forward to 2019 and all that God would do…..