Newcastle Adventist Church Community Fayre
7th September 2018
On Sabbath 25 August the Newcastle Seventh-day Adventist church held a much-anticipated Community Fayre that turned out to be a huge success in reaching out to the community.
Following in the footsteps of our Saviour, the church sought the people where they were and offered a range of activities to help meet the needs of the community. Many people were happy to take a 'health MOT', whilst others received literature. Short back massages were also on offer which were well appreciated.
Several ladies from the church had provided food for visitors with a multicultural flavour which was received with thanks. The words of Jesus, sprang to mind, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me."
The 'talking sofa' was really appreciated for people to relax and unwind, while on a makeshift stage various musical items were provided for an outdoor concert. The Pathfinders had been attracting attention with their drum and lyre corps and then joined in an angklung ensemble.
The fayre was a perfect time to follow the advice of Jesus for the church to come together and execute a community project with the aim to help draw members and the community to a closer understanding of God. The event demonstrated unity and strength in numbers, in addition it also showed the community that the church is more than just a group of people who come together on a Saturday but it's a family, who love and support each other.
The event was also an amazing opportunity to accomplish some personal goals. Youth leader 18-year-old Mercy Sibanda, said her personal goal was to, "Reach out to the community and spread God's word." Thelma, a slightly younger member, said, "despite the weather everyone was still in good spirits." Another member commented, "I hope this event gave church members the confidence to not be shy but to go out into the community and preach God's word."
Two ladies who had visited, expressed a desire to see inside the church building, were impressed to see the Pathfinders learning Bible verses for a Pathfinder Bible Experience quiz. The ladies also expressed interest in attending the church one day soon.
Overall, the Community Fayre was a positive step in the right direction and was a new and different approach to evangelism.