Churches build on Believe in Barrow

Churches in Barrow are looking to build on the Believe in Barrow mission, held in May 2015, by planning termly town-wide Celebrations on those weekends where there is a fifth Sunday in the month.

These events aim to provide inspiration and encouragement as Christians in Barrow seek to share Jesus’ offer of life in all its fullness.

The first of these took place on Saturday 28 May, hosted by Emmanuel Community Church in Barrow. The evening included hearing the testimony of someone who became a Christian through Believe in Barrow 2015, and Mike Talbot, God for All Evangelism Enabler, spoke from Ephesians 3 on the power of Christ strengthening us to be those who overflow with God’s love. Initial plans for a follow-up Believe in Barrow mission in September 2017 were also launched.

Robin Ham, who helps lead the BiB Planning Team, said: “Believe in Barrow began as a five-day Celebration of the Christian Faith in May 2015, giving people across the town the opportunity to discover the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ.

“By all accounts it was a phenomenal effort: months of prayer and planning went into it. And one of the things that became clear afterwards was that churches had been mutually encouraged by working together with that emphasis on evangelism. Not only that, but other churches in the town, who hadn’t been part of the initial planning, were keen to get on board going forward. As well as those churches from the emerging Barrow Mission Community, the Planning Team also now has representatives from the likes of the Salvation Army, Baptist churches, and independent fellowships, which is great."

“Whilst it’s fantastic to have town-wide events and missions, there’s a desire for sharing the gospel to be a year-round emphasis and part of our everyday DNA as churches. Perhaps evangelism can sometimes be seen as embarrassing or best left to the ‘experts’, but hearing the likes of the testimony and teaching tonight show us its not. We hope these Celebrations are about inspiring and equipping us to share the hope of Jesus in the nitty-gritty of life, as we live out our faith in our families and workplaces and communities."

For more information and to stay up-to-date, you can ‘like’ Believe in Barrow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/believeinbarrow or follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/believeinbarrow

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.