We were back into full swing last night, operating a hot drinks table for the first time in over a year. This time we were in a new location in Donard Car Park.
We also used our new table screen for the first time, kindly made by Alistair Bowsie Joinery.
More pictures on Newcastle SC FB page.
Dear Praying Friends,
As I write this, we are all hoping to soon be out of this lockdown and back to some form of normality.
Since Christmas, street chaplains have been restricted in what we can do regarding the night-time outreach that we are used to. However, God has been good and has given us new opportunities to reach out.
Prayer is the main stay of our ministry on the streets and although we cannot do our normal ministry because of the restrictions at night – which has closed the bars and nightclubs – we can pray.
Since January, most of the street chaplains have been prayer walking around the city of Dundee, the seaside town of Newcastle in Co Down, and in a market town called Lurgan in Co Armagh. We’ve been asking God to bless the seeds of the gospel that have been given out in tract form and also to bring to remembrance in people's minds the chats we have had with them regarding the good news that God loves them.
We have also met together for prayer as team members on Zoom to ask God for guidance about our ministry. It has also been good to catch up and have fellowship together and pray for each other.
As lockdown slowly lifts, we look forward to going out again very soon. Some teams in Dundee city have started to go out again on a Friday night and chat to people having a meal and a drink in open air venues.
The Newcastle team started again on Saturday 1st May by walking around and chatting to door staff who we hadn't seen for a few months. Also, the Lurgan team have continued their prayer walking each Saturday evening in the town.
Over the past few months, despite the restrictions, the team of Street Chaplains has enjoyed having many conversations while they have prayer walked. They have been able to give out many Gospel leaflets and chat to individuals who they have come to know over the years. Even with Covid restrictions, it has been a joy to be able to share the Gospel and give out a number of new testaments.
Thank you for your prayers and support for us over these past few months as we seek to Reach Out to Make Christ Known in NI and Scotland.
PRAYER POINTS FOR THE COMING MONTHS:
May God Bless you all in the coming days.
Andrew & Marina Burns
It was great to resume Street Chaplains this week. Our feet were getting very itchy. We went out on Monday to test the scene and then officially on Friday night.
Fridays 9pm - 12am will be Team 1's new time for probably the next few months. A Saturday team will hopefully resume once more chaplains return and clubs reopen.
Thank you to Ronan for agreeing to record our winter report at this crucial time.
Tonight supporters of ROCK Street Chaplains from all areas of the country met together for an hour of prayer during what is our Week of Prayer for Street Chaplains' ministry. It was wonderful to hear from the areas represented; Dundee, Montrose, Lurgan, and Newcastle.
This week has been dedicated as our Week of Prayer for Street Chaplains. Each day we will post a prayer card with a different theme on our Facebook page.
Below are all our prayer cards. Feel free to use these to pray for us anytime.
Dundee Street Chaplains restarted at the end of July after a four-month break. We are still operating every Friday and Saturday night and having good chats.
We thought we'd use this update to share how we are currently operating:
We have divided the chaplains up into two different teams/bubbles to minimise cross-contact between chaplains. Usually, Team 1 operates on Friday nights and Team 2 operates on Saturday nights. Chaplains at risk are advised to stay at home. Every other Tuesday we then meet together on Zoom to plan & pray.
In recent weeks, we have been going out earlier due to pubs closing earlier. Usually 8-11pm
Volunteers have been provided with a Covid-19 policy and have been provided with hand sanitisers and reusable and disposal masks.
We have curtailed our supplies being given out (bottles, flipflops, etc) unless deemed essential and we have temporarily ceased giving out hot drinks to the homeless. Leaflets and lollies are kept in a secure container for a week and hand sanitiser is used by chaplains before being handed out if it is appropriate to do so.
During this time many people are seeking God and we continue to chat with members of the public while maintaining social distancing. Volunteers are being recommended to use a contact tracing app. Report forms are filled in detailing our activities each night.
We are reassessing our practise on a weekly basis.
Please pray that our ministry would continue to be reach the people of Dundee wisely.
Thank you to those who donated to our hand sanitiser appeal for the homeless during this pandemic when hand sanitiser has been hard to obtain for many people, especially the homeless. We made the bottles up ourselves and included a verse on the labels (Ps 51:10).
ROCK Street chaplains
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