The Gelsthorpe Family OMF We are Mark, Sarah, Grace (12), Isaac (10) and Caleb (7) Gelsthorpe. We are originally from the UK but moved to Japan in 2014 to train and work as church-planters with OMF (https://omf.org/asia/japan/). We spent two years in Sapporo learning Japanese […]
Signpost International Community Mike & Sarah For those of you who don’t know me, I (Sarah) am a member of Glendale Church. I no longer live in the Newbury area but Glendale Church partners with me in mission. In July 2017 I got married to […]
Who, Where & Why?
Who and where?
Street Pastors serve their communities as modern day Good Samaritans and here in Newbury we have been looking after folk in our community since March 2012. This is mainly on Saturday nights (but also on New Years’ Eve), from 10.30pm until around 4am Sunday mornings! Our five Newbury teams work on a rota system throughout the year.
Street Pastors are a national charity organisation run by the Ascension Trust. They’re jokingly known as “the flip-flop & lollipop brigade” as we give these out to anyone who would benefit. There are around 290 groups in the U.K. alone. We do, however, do so much more then give sweets – we safely dispose of bottles, cans and broken glass but mostly we listen and help folk, caring for the vulnerable and sharing God’s love with everyone we meet. And yes, we are all Christians but we do not preach nor judge - we engage with anyone regardless of faith or no faith.
We are highly trained in many skills – First Aid, mental health, Samaritans, drug/alcohol issues, to name a few and yes, we do assist folk who have over indulged. But mostly we just listen which has enabled us to prevent two suicides - proving that listening is often an overlooked skill in the pace of modern day life.
Why do we do it?
Because we are practical Christians who wish to show and demonstrate Jesus/God’s love with our community on the streets, and that we care.
Recent true stories…. A young man grabbed my arm saying “You Street Pastors, you saved my life, you’re brilliant”; we returned a lost purse to a distraught young lady; helped some homeless gents; gave a young woman a mobile phone charger enabling her to phone for a lift home after her purse had been stolen; waited with a sick girl (and gave first aid) until an ambulance arrived. There are hundreds more stories like these just from Newbury patrols…
If this resonates with you and maybe you feel called to this work you are welcome to join us as an 'observer' on any shift - either on patrol or at base with our Prayer Pastors. Just ask Eve, Mark and Michelle, Julie, Maureen or Yvette at Glendale or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eve Hughes – Nov 2017
Increase Our Faith THE APOSTLES SAID TO THE LORD JESUS, ‘INCREASE OUR FAITH’. I have often thought that if only I had more faith things would be different but I have felt uncomfortable asking Jesus to increase my faith as in Romans 12 v 3 […]
Leadership at Glendale There are three teams which have an oversight function within Glendale Church. Although they are separate teams and oversee different functions within the Church, there is connectivity between them and they are all made up of people with a heart to […]
Palm Sunday found us celebrating as a family with an All Age service. The children laid a path of colourful banners to symbolically welcome Jesus, and they helped to illustrate the sermon with a washing line suggesting the range of opinions in the crowd – from hostility, to believing that Jesus is the Son of God. The challenge for all of us was to answer the question, ‘Who is this man?’
During Holy Week we ran a Holiday Club:
‘Epic Explorers unite!’ was the cry to be heard during this club held at John Rankin Junior School.
27 excited and responsive children – over half not previously connected with Glendale; 19 creative and willing adults and teens; a great God and an amazing message of hope, ensured a really successful club. There was a good buzz for the whole time – lots of fun all round.
Some parents asked if we would be ‘doing this again – our kids loved it!’
We will – the plan is for a couple of days during October half term to lead up to a Light Party.
On Good Friday lots of us joined in the united service and walk of witness in the town. It was very well attended and a Glendale band were at the finish – in the open air, and complete with teenagers playing saxophone and cornet.
The Easter Day service was led by some of our new younger leaders; it was full of energy and celebration. There was a look back at the Holiday Club which linked to ‘He is risen’ and the challenge from the sermon was to BELIEVE… When the children returned with decorated cakes to share, a person spontaneously went and knelt at the foot of our wooden cross.
Christ is risen; He is risen indeed.
PASTORAL CARE From the moment you step into Glendale Church, you will experience its Pastoral Care. From the Welcome Team at the door, through to fellowship over tea and coffee. Discipleship Groups are at the centre of our Pastoral Ministry where a small group meet […]
Sue Cottle, Liz How and Joan Norris recently created the new Glendale banner. Liz shares…. This time it was Sue Cottle – who usually sticks to flute playing – who was inspired with a design for the motto text banner. She got really excited about the […]
Last month we took 22 young people to the Pioneer Centre. We left on the Friday night with a minibus and 4 cars full of very loud 11-17 year olds!
From the moment we arrived there was a brilliant atmosphere, which continued for the whole weekend. They were all brilliant!
Over the course of the weekend we did 4 onsite activities, some high and scary, some physically challenging. Everyone tried everything, everyone pushed themselves, everyone worked together and encouraged each other. Amazing to watch, and even as a leader having that encouragement coming your way too! These are some marvellous young people!
We had 3 sessions throughout the weekend. Christ in My Thinking. Christ in My Speaking. Christ in My Living.
Our main passage was Philippians 4:8-9,
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
3 of our young people partnered with 3 leaders to prepare and lead these 3 sessions. Sean, Laurie and Anneli did such an amazing job.
Everyone was challenged on their thought life and the effect it can have on our words and behaviour. Let us think only what is pure and excellent.
Everyone was challenged on the language they use on a daily basis and the effect it can have on others. Let us speak only what is helpful for building others up.
Everyone was challenged to show love to all people we come into contact with through serving them and spending time with them. Let us learn to love others as Jesus loves us…extravagantly!
I personally loved the whole weekend, but the moment I couldn't stop smiling was when many of the young people publicly declared that they believe in Jesus and are choosing to follow him in their lives. Thinking about it now makes me well up a little.
Pray for these young people. They are making bold steps forward and they need to feel supported and encouraged by us all.
On Thursday 23rd March we met for an evening of sharing the leadership team’s heart and vision for how the church will develop over the next few years. First off Andy shared Vision 2020, an outline of our heart to sow, nurture and multiply. It […]