“I could really do with some hope…”
…I heard people say as we offered ‘seeds of hope’ at the busy car boot sale in Weaverham, Cheshire.
People asked why they were free, what the catch was, where to make the donation to the church, and why would we offer hope… We had 300 seeds to plant in pot plants… We ran out! So we bought up car boot sellers plants and wrote words of hope on them to strengthen people’s hearts. I loved writing words that strengthened, encouraged and comforted people.
Some people asked more questions, others seemed touched by the gesture and expressed thanks, others just took the free plant pots and went.
It was such an easy thing to do. A non-confrontational approach to letting others ‘get’ something of the christian faith. Today at the car boot sale and funday I have had a ball!
As well as seeds of faith we offered free drinks to the stall holders on behalf of the church, The storehouse church, who meet in Weaverham, Cheshire. This went down a treat! Stall holders were blown away by the gift of a hot brew.
We also went to find treasure amongst the tat of the Carboot sale… The idea was to then pass it on. The most surprising was one of the team bought a ceramic ‘seal’ for a pound, which looked awful! Non-the-less he found someone who loved it. Why? There was a close connection to ‘seals’ through a friend who had an Island where seals are spotted. This odd gift was a blessing to the man who received it as a reminder of his friend.
The day also included a funday that was free, including a hog-roast! People loved it and as well as engaging with the bouncy castle and face paints also engaged with the prayer spaces and some people received prayer for healing.
Planting seeds of hope and offering a free gift was non-confrontational and allowed space for people to engage, ask questions, or simply choose not to have a pot plant. Out of the hundreds of people attending we got to meet quite a few who were chuffed to receive some good news! The seeds sown as a free gift in a pot plant holder will grow. It can’t help but grow.
That’s how good news is. Paul writes in the letter of Colossians: …’the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world- just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.’ (Colossians 1.6)
The seed of the gospel can not help but grow! That’s the power of the gospel, it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’ (Romans 1.16)
So there is one thing I am sure about from today. The seeds planted of people encountering good news will grow and grow. Watch out storehouse church as sowing seeds means people will start to get what you have and want to be part of your church!