‘Sit next to me’ was an experiment that happened, Monday 22nd September. However from the success – looks like it might continue! Watch this space for more updates!!
“Over today i’ve seen and spoken to over 80 people, some for a brief hello, some for quite a long conversations. Conversations around, parking, Scottish referendum, school, children, Jesus, cakes, tea, lighting, and other community matters, fund raisers, ‘Sandylands Friendly Park’, not to mention other pastoral concerns which I can’t disclose.
Moved by people’s engagement – one lass bought me 2 cream scones from Spar, another a bag of crisps! A bit like the raven with Elijah – God must have known I was hungry.
Lots of people were moved as to why I was doing this and provoked discussions. It was great to see so many drivers pass by and look twice at me sitting there. One woman sat for well over 1 hour talking – to the point there was not enough room for me to sit or stand as a group had gathered – i had to venture inside to talk to someone! Wow!
Overall – I do hope its shows that our Church is committed to the Community and that we are a church that wants not only to work WITH it but share God’s love to! Sharing God’s Love – Transforming Lives”. – Jonny Gios (Community Worker)
The Revd Dr Jonathan Pye, superintendent minister of the Kendal Circuit, said: “I think this was a great initiative. I am glad that it went so well. It certainly demonstrates, in a creative – and obviously effective – way, the church’s commitment to the community.”.
Here are some articles that ‘sit next to me’ were featured in.
The Methodist Recorder