[email protected] is a new church in Pt Chev, run by Love Your Neighbour, a ministry which partners with churches to reach their communities.

Just six months after services started, we were partnering with a university campus ministry called Student Life, and a ministry of Scripture Union aimed at high-schoolers called Youthserve for a summer mission called ‘I love Pt Chev’. 30+ young, energetic and enthusiastic people descending on the suburb certainly made an impact!

Hosting a mission just 6 months after launch and during summer holidays when many folk are away may seem a little daft, but our special circumstances made it work for us.

We started by ‘borrowing’ folk from supportive churches promising to plant a church that would be reaching out to Pt Chevalier, so we began with a strong missional core.

We had already prepared the hearts of our people by weekly prayerwalking, covering every road in Pt Chevalier, as well as 12 weeks of ‘God Space’ spiritual conversation training. Being able to ride on the coattails of two very experienced teams also made it easy for us. We were the smallest partner, but we could join is as we were able and it gave some of us our very first taste of engaging community and proclaiming the gospel. It has been faith-stretching and confidence-building.

The mission also established ‘I love Pt Chev’ as a brand, with a Facebook page, T-shirts and stickers. We will continue to invite families to community service events where their kids can also pitch in and help, and seek to build a relationship with the families.

Our surveys pointed to a need for a parenting course, so we’re aiming for at least one Alpha course a year and will invite the contacts we meet throughout the year. Our services are already patterned on Alpha – we begin with a meal and conversation, we hear a message and discuss it in small groups and we pray for each other.

We have already grown from 20 to 40 and have the goal of being 60 strong by the end of the year. And the mission was so much fun, it looks like we’ll do it again this year!

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