Finding connections with God - Father Son and Holy Spirit

Ilkley Park clean up

On Wednesday we had an exciting day with the youth group. Well I was a little hesitant with my excitement….litter-picking and clearing the park and surrounding area didn’t sound like the most exciting way to spend an afternoon. However I was then challenged and really encouraged by the servant hearted nature of everyone involved, we had 8 young guys from Release come and join us and not only that but it was great to meet and talk to a group of 4 young people from a local council youth group who sacrificed their own afternoons to give something back to their community – it was a really good experience to take time out of our usual setting to listen and walk alongside our young people.

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I’ve been challenged recently by our church’s values and what it looks like to seek and celebrate God’s transforming presence i.e. how we can express this value daily. I think looking back, that this was a big theme for the day, not only were we celebrating a transformation to our town, but we were actively a part of God’s heart for the town. In Revelation 21:5 we read about God’s heart to bring  transformation, a time where there is no need for a lamp or the light of the sun, because God will give light purer and brighter than anything before. It leaves me with a sense of awe to think that though wandering around picking up litter God was walking alongside us in that mission, through the actions of the young people, bringing love to a place where love hadn’t been shown. Jonny Rudd.

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