Offering the gift of friendship

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At the Besom in York, we are all about giving – and specifically enabling the church to give to those in need. Sometimes that takes the form of one person giving a sofa, while at other times we are able to help an entire church family serve their local community. The latter proved the case with York City Church recently and here’s what happened…

A couple of months ago we had our second Give Day as a church. The Besom team asked us to write a blog and tell a story of what we learnt. So here goes…

A Give Day basically involves us doing something different to our normal Sunday morning activities and creating an opportunity for each and every person within the church family that enables them to give in York and grow in the heart action of giving.

We had a wide variety of activities ranging from delivering flowers to building bunk beds, from giving free photo shoots for new babies to constructing compost bins and laying new carpets to unpacking boxes after a house move. A lot of this was widely resourced and set up by the Besom in York team, who helped find recipients for us to give to.

One of the main things that we’ll carry away from the Give Day, (hopefully for the long-term) are new friends. If we’re honest this has come as a bit of a surprise to us!

We had 120 people with ages ranging from just a couple of days old to 60+ years giving to 15 groups of people in York. Of those 15 groups, we’re still in touch with seven of them and we’re really grateful to God for each new friendship.

Each of these friendships look different. So far it’s meant going for coffee, arranging to eat together, restoring a table and chairs for a family, helping another move house, visiting at home, welcoming some to our toddler group and even some to church on a Sunday.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15 v15 (NIV)

Jesus’ words in John 15 are a good reminder to us that it is as God’s friends that we go out to serve people on Give Days and it is with new friends that we have returned.

York City Church

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