As I am sure that many of you are aware that Culcheth had previously agreed to work towards employing a Youth Worker and were in conversations with Warrington Youth for Christ (WYFC) to see what we could do in partnership.
This partnership would involve recruiting someone to be employed for 30 hours per week, 12 of those hours at Culcheth High School and the remaining 18 in a mixture of detached youth work in the village, work here at Culcheth Methodist and other hours spent within the support and training network of WYFC. After a period of negotiation with the High School, our offer to place a worker in the School was accepted, so the process of recruitment began, following which, an offer was made and accepted by Keith Ingham, he takes up his position on Monday 15th January.
I invited Keith to pen a few words by way of introduction, Keith and some members of his family will be attending the Covenant Service, where he may say a few more words about his calling to ministry and his hopes for the work among us.
Please pray for Keith his family and his work amongst us for the Young people in our community.
From Keith —
I was born into what I thought was a Christian home. however, even if we see this being a Christian nation, it doesn't automatically make anyone a Christian. I was sent to a Methodist Church and although I wrestled with the reality of God it was there as a teenager that I first heard the gospel and felt the desire within to respond. I failed to do so and paid the price with a life of sin. God was still calling me in more ways than one and as I exited my teens I responded to his call and was wonderfully converted. He spoke to me several times, in the most miraculous ways to confirm His calling on my life, and so with confidence and three years at Bible College, I entered the ministry, as an evangelist.
One of the first churches that I helped out at was a small Methodist mission and it was here that I met my wife Leanne. With here supporting me we established in several churches youth groups and organisations that were saturated in the gospel.
I have found myself directing evangelistic organisations conducting the likes of tent missions, evangelistic dinners, Street teams, evangelistic camps, and gospel tracts and themed tools.
One of the quotes from John Wesley has inspired me in all this and it goes a little like this:
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
I am forever thinking of means in which I can deliver the gospel message to the new and upcoming generation, and I suppose I will do so as long as I can.
Warrington Youth for Christ
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