Rodeo Bull church…

This is the St St article that featured in this weeks Baptist Times:

It’s Sunday morning, Father’s Day, and I’m in the city centre of Peterborough helping to lug down from an old battered van a mechanical Rodeo Bull that I hired in for the morning.

The owner is t ired and appreciates the help. He’s not used to Sunday morning hirers; the Bull usually features at stag parties and funfairs.

We’re running a bit late as it was hard for me to rush off this morning; I was reluctant to go too early before spending time with my children. They lavished home-made cards on me and a great beer-making kit too! I left home feeling thoroughly treated. As I gaffer-tape wires to the street and set up a free card-making table for children to use while their dads are riding the Bull, I silently pray that loads of fathers in the city would also be spoilt on this special day through the lavish free gift of a free rodeo ride.

I hope the dads have loads of fun. But the hope goes beyond just entertainment. We may talk to blokes and their families about a dad who is the best father anyone could wish or dream for. ‘He is good and loves us’ is the simple message on my heart.

After an hour of set-up I am joined by eight of my friends from Park Road Baptist Church. They are assigned jobs and we then encourage dads to have a go on the Rodeo Bull. Those who couldn’t or dared not ride the bull were offered a free ‘goodie bag’: a chocolate bar, sweets, a tea bag, colouring pencils and a good news tract. The gesture seemed to be appreciated.

As a team we had lots of conversations about God and around 80 people had a go on the rodeo bull between 11-2. At times it attracted a large crowd of spectators.

When people asked who had put this on, they were amazed to hear that it was courtesy of the church. When people asked why the gifts were free, the simple message of our heavenly father who loves us seemed to make sense and connect with a backdrop of a huge bull surrounded by a large inflatable.

Saints on the Street is about church going to the multitudes of people who wouldn’t consider going to a service on a Sunday morning. I am so encouraged to hear of some churches ‘being church’ in public and connecting their faith with people in their community.

If you haven’t done a St St project yet, in what way can you connect the good news of Jesus with people in your community on a Sunday?

I would love to hear what stories you have of doing St St projects.

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