It has been really gratifying in recent weeks to see our vision for theREIGN as a worship resource for the use of churches in our local area bearing fruit.
In addition to last Friday’s brilliant East Hull Praise event at St Aidan’s church, we have now been asked to provide some music for the Marfleet Mission Team’s commissioning service on Saturday morning, 25 October, and for the Archbishop Sentamu Academy’s Christmas service on Wednesday 10 December.
The Marfleet situation is pretty exciting. Alison Gilchrist has been invited by the Church of England to really got for the gospel message and good news of Jesus Christ in what is a particularly run-down and deprived area of the City, and she has pulled together a great team of spirit-filled people around her to reach out to this needy community.
It is a real privilege to be able to use our gifts in some small way to help set them on their way.
As for the Sentamu Academy event … this will be theREIGN’s first genuine Christmas event as a band, which is kind of odd after being together for such a long time. The re-invention of the old Archbishop Thurstan School (where we were joined on Djembe by the aforementioned Archbishop Sentamu a couple of years ago) has so far proved a success and, again, we are delighted to offer our gifts to help them celebrate our Lord’s birth.
In between those two events, we will be leading worship for the fifth anniversary of The Ark project on Preston Road estate, another incredible project in another needy and challenging area of our great home City.
What is interesting is how our worship ministry is taking off on the East side of the River Hull … so much so that I feel like an honorary East Huller these days, in spite of having spent my entire life in the West of the City.
Given the desire of the churches (most of which are small in themselves) to move forward in worship that is perhaps no great siurprise, and we have always had strong links with East Hull through our relationship with, first, Ian Cartwright and then Paul Lucas at Kingston Wesley. It is always a pleasure to worship with them, and long may that continue.