Acts Now tour helps show churches how to share their faith
"One of our biggest challenges is getting out of our buildings and into the lives of the people we shop with and who need to discover that faith in Jesus is a great adventure ..."
That’s just one of the comments from Christians who have already attended the Share Jesus International (SJI) Acts Now Tour which is visiting nine different towns and cities across the country this month (October).
Rev Gareth Hill, Head of Mission and Advocacy for The Methodist Church, attended the event in Winchester and commented: “It is such a great thing to be reminded how Christians can help build community by meeting their neighbours and having fun together.“
Acts Now started in Sheffield on 2 October and ends in Minehead in Somerset on Friday 25 October. Christians in Weymouth and Winchester have already enjoyed the two-hour evening, which helps people to practically share their faith. This week it is touring the north of England including Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria before moving to Bude in Cornwall and Minehead next week.
“We’ve been massively encouraged by the response to our Acts Now tour. People have been really receptive to learning more about communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that are relevant to our culture,” says SJI Director Andy Frost.
Acts Now is based on the book of Acts in the New Testament which outlines how the early Christian church began. The evening starts with music and worship, followed by an exploration of the book of Acts where those attending hear inspiring stories of how people shared their faith in the early Christian days. There are also practical sessions to help individuals and churches engage with their communities to creatively share Jesus.
“SJI believes that one of the best ways for people to hear the Good News of Jesus is from people they know – including those in local churches! That’s why we’ve taken Acts Now to them and we know from the response that people are already learning lots and becoming inspired, just as those early Christians whose stories are told in the Book of Acts were inspired,” Andy Frost says.
During the Acts Now evening, Andy speaks about the Early Church using teaching from Acts, and worship is led by either Tom Read (worship and creative director of the Vine Church in Hong Kong), or Ioannis Dekas (worship leader from Doxa Deo Church in London). Practical and interactive workshops on how to share the gospel with your local community are led by either Marty Woods (Europe Director of Fusion) or Paul Griffiths (Ugly Duckling Company).
To find out more about the Acts Now Tour, and to register for remaining dates and venues, please visit www.sharejesusinternational.com/actsnow or email firstname.lastname@example.org