From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

All About Relationships

I remember being at the shops when I was very pregnant with Luke and having a pushy shop assistant ask me over and over the sex of my baby. We had found out we were having a boy but hadn’t told anyone. She just kept saying “But you can tell me, go on, go on, I know you’re just dying to tell me.” What I felt like saying was “I haven’t told my own mother, why would I tell you!?”

You see it’s all about relationships. I didn’t have any sort of relationship with that shop assistant. Why would I feel comfortable sharing something so very important to me, with her? We know that as adults we are far more likely to listen to advice/correction/wisdom(!) from those close to us, those we respect, those we are doing life with, than from someone we don’t really know that well.

And this is especially true for 11 to 13 year olds. Next year we will be making some changes to our traditional D and M format (group for grade 7s) and hope to build upon this idea that kids in this age group learn and develop best in relationships. We also know they are influenced by those they admire. And so we would love to link each grade 7 child at BPCC to a Christian adult who can act as a mentor and journey along with that child as they learn about their faith. It is hoped that this connection forged during the D and M year may continue to grow and bear fruit in the future. Because after all, if you have a relationship with a child, they are far more likely to listen to your advice/correction/wisdom. So if BPCC is your church family and you have a heart for seeing young people grow in their Christian walk, please prayerfully consider becoming involved. More details will follow later in the year, or feel free to contact me to talk further (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Another area where BPCC is seeking to build relationships is in the Simply Singles ministry.

Jeannie De Vries and her team are doing an absolutely amazing job of caring for and providing a lovely evening once a month for Single mums in our community. But did you know that most of those mums bring their children along with them? They range in age from babies to teenagers. So in essence, Simply Singles is providing for BPCC not just an opportunity to minister to Single mums, but also to minister to their children, many of whom do not attend church or youth group or Sunday school, in fact this may be their only encounter with Christians.

So while the Simply Single team are building into the lives of mums, we desperately need people to build into the lives of their children. It’s only one Saturday evening a month from 5.00pm till 7.00pm And because we know it’s all about building relationships and relationships de-velop over time, please consider making a commitment for the long term. What an incredible privilege and opportunity we have to impact the lives of these chil-dren and teenagers! Jesus said in Matt 9:37 ”The harvest is ripe but the workers are few”. Please contact Jeannie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you’d like to be involved.

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