Longheath Baptist Church was planted in 2009. Since then, by God's grace, they've patiently sought the lost on an estate on the edge of Croydon in South London. Here, Neil Richardson tells us about their October "multi-mission".
Mission:Longheath began in October 2010 and by God's grace, we've kept it running every October half term since then. We are especially grateful to Chris Phillips, the only non-Longheath brother to attend every single one. Please pray for Chris and his great work with London schools through Crossteach.
Over the years, we've gone through each of the gospels several times, and had all kinds of fun events, like talent shows, football training, face painting, treasure hunts, colouring, board games, text-a-toastie (Nick came through this one!), quiz nights, comedy nights, light parties and movie nights. But most of all, we have insisted on preaching the gospel at almost every event. We have been extremely blessed with speakers from the Co-Mission network and Trinity Church Islington in particular, as well as brothers from the Croydon Gospel Partnership (Rob Pickering has been a great asset). Please pray for eternal fruit to grow from these thousands of gospel seeds!
This year our theme was 'What happens next?' which came on the back of our door-to-door survey where we asked people what they thought was going to happen after they died. Over 50% of the folk in our area think they are going to heaven, and are pretty confident of that fact. Almost all are basing their hope on their works-righteousness and desperately need a conviction of sin and a revelation of Christ.
In the photos you can see our quiz night (usually our 'banner' event and the most popular). Rob spoke incredibly powerfully about his near-death experience on the Tube at Parsons Green. He urged the many unbelievers present to get right with God before it's too late, and quite a few spoke positively about the talk.
You can also see our International Night where we enjoyed some great stories about God's work through Katy Hall (New Life Croydon) in Cambodia as well as praying for China and the rest of God's world.
Alex Brito (Mosaic Multicultural Church) is a dear friend of Longheath and here he is preaching on the confidence we can have in the fact of Christ's resurrection.
Finally, we see Nick, a great joy and crown to us - God has brought him from practical atheism to a lively faith in the Lord Jesus. He leads prayers powerfully and is witnessing to his colleagues in the bus garages. Do pray that he will keep on growing and even get to the point where he can become, if God wills it, a church leader and preacher, as well as a godly husband and stepfather. You can also see Mark Fossey (Hope Sutton) in the congregation. Mark preached an absolute banger of a sermon on Revelation, painting the most gorgeous picture of the new creation. Can't wait!
All the other mission events had fantastic talks, and we are very grateful to brothers coming sometimes quite long distances to bless us with gems and treasures from God's Word. Each and every speaker pointed us to Christ, the hope of glory, and his coming Kingdom. Truly in him alone can we become confident of what happens next!