Each day the team divided into two groups: One group participated in door-to-door outreach in Keady, a town
of approximately 3,000 people in south Armagh. We invited people to services to be held in the local
community centre and gave out literature. There were many good Gospel conversations and many positive
responses. The second group went with Aaron Riddle and Phil Martin to take The Amazing Journey
presentation into five schools in the Armagh area.
Team members dressed up as Bible characters like Moses, Esther, Rahab and Thomas to deliver the message of ‘God’s Great Rescue Plan’ to the children. The children then had an opportunity to dress up themselves and try some Bible food, such as bread and honey. On the Sunday night, Bertie Coffey spoke in the Armagh Church and Lydia Jones sang. In Keady, Paul McAdam shared God’s Word, with Victoria Patrick testifying. The team also gladly participated in the mid-week meetings in the Church.
We arrived at Cavan Baptist Church on Saturday, 21 October, in time to take part in Remix their Saturday
youth event. Next day, the Church held a fellowship lunch where the team were able to meet the
congregation and get a feel for the vibrant, familial community that comprises Cavan Baptist.
Our working week kicked off with a visit to Royal School, Cavan, where Martin Newell took the first of
five assemblies in the week, (the team also assisted with the school’s lunchtime CU on Thursday). In the
afternoon, we headed to the nearby town of Belturbet to go door-to-door, promoting a forthcoming
Christianity Explored course and seeking gospel conversations with residents.
Tuesday morning was the first of a number of sessionsin a local school - Loreto College, giving a presentation
on ‘What Baptists Believe’ to a range of age groups. On Wednesday evening team members led home group
Bible studies across the county, based on the passages taught on Sunday.
Charlotte McManus and Sharon Hoy, along with David Kimber and Chris Brown, attended Crubany National
School on Thursday morning, working with Jayne Gibson from CEF to teach a Bible story to
the children. Later on the same day, a similar programme was presented to TNT, the
church’s session for primary school children.
Before heading home on Friday afternoon, we made a final visit to Royal School and to
During our time at Hamilton Road Baptist
Church, we were given the opportunity to take
part in the Bangor lunch bar outreach, door-todoor
evangelism and children’s ministry. The
children’s ministry included Parent and Toddlers
and children’s meetings in Hamilton Road Baptist
and Kilcooley Presbyterian. We also took part in the Scripture Union groups in Glenlola,
Regent and Bangor Grammar.
At the lunch bar outreach students gave short apologetic talks, for 6-10 minutes on a variety
of topics such as ‘Did Jesus really exist?’; ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ and ‘Is Jesus the
only way?’ This allowed visitors to the bar to hear the gospel and also allowed conversations
about the gospel to be started.
We were also given training for evangelism by Steve Wright (Newtownbreda) and Mervyn
Scott (Baptist Missions), as well as a lecture on how to prepare a sermon by Jonathan
The team left at the end of the week more fully equipped to faithfully serve the church of God
and blessed by the teaching, hospitality and generosity of Hamilton Road Church.
Passage West (informally called, Passage) is a port town about seven miles east of Cork with a population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. While there is no official Baptist church there Shane Deane (Baptist Missions) works in
partnership with the Douglas Church. Together, they look for opportunities to reach into the community. Their long-term vision is to plant a church.
Six team members met on Saturday, 22 October and after a fried breakfast, headed off to
Passage West. The week started as soon as we arrived - we spent the evening with Douglas
Church youth. What a privilege it was to meet such an enthusiastic group of young people
and study Psalm 1 together. For us, one of the main encouragements of evangelism week
was getting to know the members of the Douglas Church. Their desire to reach into their
community was inspiring.
The team spent time delivering invitations to a special Kid’s Club and Harvest Service in
Passage planned for Friday night, 27 October. The highlight of our week was seeing local
children come to the Kid’s Club and learn the Parable of the Sower. Later that evening, the
hall was nearly full for the Harvest Service - several people the team had met during the
week were there.
Shankill Baptist is one of the oldest Baptist
churches in Belfast, being established in
1896. Back then, it was a rural church.
Today, the church exists in the middle of the
bustling streets of Belfast city. There have
been many changes in the area, but the
church has remained faithful - continuing to
preach the gospel and develop Christian
followers among local people.
Our team arrived on Sunday, 22 October, having been invited by the Church to help with
their work. As well as holding a couple of special events, such as a table quiz and ladies’
fellowship meeting, we also took part in various tasks such as taking the Sunday services,
schools and youth work, door-to-door work and street evangelism, all of which are part of the
church’s regular activities.
The Church has many faithful members, but only
a small evangelism team working on a weekly
basis - some of their older members are unable
to help due to ill-health. Evangelism week was a
great opportunity for us to offer our support and
encourage the Church to continue to work in an
area that needs Christ.
Thank you to each church for their invitation to a team and for their generous
hospitality to the students during the week. Please pray for the on-going work
in each area.