On the radar

On the radar

"I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord God of Israel through His prophet Jeremiah. At Lumley we want to know God's will for us as a church and do our part to see His plans put into action.
 
Various individuals have oversight of aspects of church life and the leadership team meets regularly to report on progress and look forward to the future. Sometimes discussions take a while to surface so this area of the website is here to let you know some of the ideas we have for the future. Not everything mentioned here will actually happen and, equally, some things may be initiated and never feature here so don't think that this is Gospel!. If you want to comment on anything just speak to the appropriate member of the leadership team. You can see who's who here.
 
It stared out as 'The Youth Club With No Name' and it's now named 'Cosy Zone'. It meets fortnightly on Fridays  in the church hall. and is aimed at 11-14 year olds. Watch this space.

Fair Trade Fortnight: will be from February 22 to March 11 and the home groups, and Sunday Services will connect with this. The feature event is a Folk & Fairtrade Concert with Gareth Davies-Jones on Friday 9 March at 7.30pm - details here.

Holy Week and Easter: will include a Holiday Club for two hours each day from April 1 to April 5. All the familiar Easter weekend events will be held - Good Friday Walk of Witness, lunch followed by a service of worship and a four hour prayer vigil in the evening.

Earth Day is on 22 April 2012 and we will be marking it by having a carbon fast on that Sunday. We have invited Rev Paul Worsnop from Sherwood Methodist Church, Nottingham, to speak on the Sunday and also lead a seminar on Saturday 21 April.

In May: we hope to launch a new Prospects Group (see below).

It's Olympic year and we are planning a Going for Gold Lumley Festival Weekend from July 7 to July 9. It will be a big event and we'll be connecting with More than Gold. The weekend will combine sports (inc disability football) and the arts with a music event.
 
Prospects Group
Over the past 2 years or so we have developed quite some interest in a ministry to people with learning disabilities. So far it's been expressed mainly in sport. The Special Olympics was a big one but week by week we continue to run football coaching sessions on Wednesday evenings with Lumley FC. The vision is to try to make more of the links and connections we are making and also provide opportunities for accessible worship on a regular basis - maybe monthly - using our church facilities (which are ideal for disabled access). Prospects is a national organisation that assists/advises churches on how to set this up and provides resources/training.
 
It's a real opportunity that God is opening up for us because there is no provision for accessible worship in the whole of County Durham. The one year placement (above) has this initiative at the heart of it.
 
You can find out about Prospects here.
 
Outreach to people with learning disabilites
Our experiences in 2009 with the young people (and their families) involved with the Special Olympics in Leicester made a real impact on the church. As you will see above, we are now developing this as a specific ministry into County Durham with accessible worship services and sport - mainly football.
 
Unified football is a promising area and we are co-operating with  with a local charity (If U Care Share) to form teams and play matches at regional, national and even international level eventually.  We've held a few coaching sessions now at Lumley Junior School from 6.00pm on Wednesday nights so this is a rgular diary date now. We have formed a new section of Lumley FC (called Lumley FC Gateway). Our vision is that LFCG will encompass three broad areas:
  1. Physical - via football
  2. Emotional - via If U Care Share
  3. Spiritual - via glmc
So while the football is going on, parents can have a cuppa and a chat at the church - a kind of support group.
 
Moving On
The youth Slum Survivor Sleepover in March 2011 was good for raising awareness about homelessness among our young people. It also raised around 500 for 'Moving On', a charity in Durham City that works with homeless young people. We have started to collect tins of food, cleaning materials etc to make up parcels of provisions to assist some of the young homeless people that Moving On supports.