The Winter Warmer Appeal
My children, love must not be a matter of words or talk; it must be genuine, and show itself in action. This is how we may know that we belong to the realm of truth” (1 John 3:18-19, NEB)
We believe the greatest need in the community, other than the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is to practically show the love of God to the poor and those who are the less fortunate than ourselves.
As the Lancashire Festival of Hope draws to a close and we approach the winter months, temperatures will begin to drop and many people across the region will be in need of warm clothing and other items to combat the cold weather. The Winter Warmer Appeal will allow local churches to distribute necessities to those in need in their own towns and villages through the months of October and November.
Can you and your church provide?
- Gloves, Hats and Scarves
- Socks and Underwear
- Sleeping Bags
- Survival Bags and Foil Blankets
- Toiletry Bags and Feminine Hygiene Pads
All items will be collected and centrally stored in Blackpool. After the Lancashire Festival of Hope comes to a close these items will be distributed across Lancashire to partnering churches as the cold weather sets in. If you are ready for a collection please call the festival office on 01253922560 to order a pick-up time.
Andrew was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. – John 2:40-42
We are calling together the youth of Lancashire to join with us for the Youth Christian Life and Witness Course in preparation for the Festival of Hope this September! Come and join with us as we look at how to grow close to God as a follower of Jesus and how we can have confidence to Be An Andrew, tell our friends about Jesus and invite them to the Festival of Hope!
Food will be provided so make sure you come hungry!
St John’s Blackpool, 8 Cedar Square, Blackpool, FY1 1BP
St. John’s Church, Cedar Square, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HU
- Music by ‘Keith and Jenny’ and the Salvation Army Band
- Bring your ‘HOPE’ themed banners, flags, and/or posters.
- Pray for the Festival of Hope Weekend
- Pray for Lancashire
- Pray for your City
- Pray for Be An Andrew
- Conclude with a prayer walk.
- All classes are taught by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association team members.
- These classes are for everyone, without any obligation at all. However, during the course opportunity will be given to apply to become one of the Festival Counsellors. These are the people that talk briefly with those that respond to the preaching of the Gospel to encourage them in the step of commitment that they are taking. You must be 13 years old and above to counsel.
- Pastors are encouraged to take a lead by attending classes. Pastors are needed to be Supervisors of Counsellors at the Festival and must attend classes to qualify.
- Classes are free. No registration is necessary. Course books and materials are provided without cost. A free-will offering will be received during the second week of classes.
Ideas Used by Pastors to Encourage Class Attendance:
- “All Students were encouraged to attend CLWC in place of the regular youth group.”
- “Our Outreach Leader personally talked to all adults about CLWC attendance.”
- “Small groups were postponed for two weeks, and members were encouraged to attend CLWC.”
- “Wednesday night Bible study was deferred to accommodate the CLWC schedule.”
- “The CLWC was advertised through the church newsletter, bulletins, and pulpit announcements, and were illustrated on church bulletin boards.”
- “CLWC was our primary church activity for three weeks.”
- Provides an Opportunity for Spiritual Renewal.
- Reminds Believers of the Simple Truths About Walking with God.
- Builds Unity in Christ’s Body as Churches in the area join together for the Course.
- Provides a Renewed Emphasis on Evangelism and Discipleship.
- Gives Believers the Practical Tools for Serving Christ.
- Provides Counsellors and Follow-Up Workers for The Festival.
- Provides the Church a Strong Foundation for Future Evangelism and Discipleship
Host Church/Organization Name: Kings Church Blackpool
Meeting Location: Winter Gardens
Host Church/Organization Name: St Johns Church Blackpool
Meeting Location: St Johns Church Blackpool
Ending Time: 2 hours approx
St Mark’s Church Layton
Saturday 16th June at 2.30pm
Blackpool FY3 7HG
Rev’d Peter Lillicrap Vicar of St Mark’s Layton & St Luke’s Staining.