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.
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.