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- Generous Hope for the Future
Laura Carlisle and Phil Sainty are part of St Johns Church, Bransholme,
and have joined the Mustard Seed Stepping Up group in East Hull. They describe their church and community and
how the support from St Mary’s Cottingham is helping them to develop plans for
Bransholme is a large housing estate in East Hull with over
13,000 people and lots of families and children, we have our own shopping
centre, good schools, good transport links and plenty of green space including
the Noddle Hill nature reserve.
St John’s recently appointed a new vicar, Andrew and his
wife Fiona and their daughter Anna arrived in January. With covid and buildings
issues most things had stopped within the church, so we have a blank slate for
the future with potential to reach out to people. Over the past few months, we have been able to
worship and been praying and seeking God for what he has for us here. For the
past few weeks, we have done a Sunday afternoon kids group called WOW looking
at the gospel in four words, which has been positive. It is something we want
to continue when restrictions are lifted.
One thing that we have kept going is the foodbank, which Phil
and Laura continued throughout lockdown. Its currently run by amazing
volunteers that help with the running and sorting. It is open to anyone in our
community/HU7 who are struggling but we will help other foodbanks and homeless
groups. Now it is just food but want to expand in the future, where we can get practical
help with debts or other problems.
Our church building is only 50 years old but we currently have
no heating and a few other issues. We are working with a group from York University
who are helping us to think though how we could develop our building and grounds
to best serve our community. We have been using the large space in front of the
building for open-air services and other activities, which has attracted people
from the community.
We are so grateful for the support from other churches in
Hull and beyond and want to say a massive thank you to St Mary’s for their
generous gift to us. At the moment we are hoping to be able to buy some bibles
for the church which will be a massive benefit for everyone as we explore God’s
word together. We have also discussed buying a few items such as a speaker,
gazebo, and BBQ so we can host services outdoors on the estate.
We are a church with a positive outlook for the future,
celebrating what we have done and looking forward to what we can do.