THIS coming Saturday sees the launch of a major project by the churches of Thurrock. Called “Rock Thurrock” it aims to train adults and young people in how to share their faith with their peers.
A number of churches will be hosting these training events, including Gates of Praise (Grays); Fruitful Land (Tilbury); Aveley Christian Centre; and the recently opened Gateway People’s Centre (Stanford). Those involved in the project will also take on volunteer work in the community, appropriate in these days of the ‘Big Society’.
Other events will be held at Grays Baptist Church and Grays United Reformed Church, and hopefully others yet to come on board.
Later in the year, at the Civic Hall at Blackshots, Grays, there will be two nights of gatherings for young people called “Rock Thurrock – The Event”. Three bands bands will be playing on each evening and the message of Jesus will be presented by Will Graham, grandson of the famous evangelist Billy Graham.
Rock Thurrock is being facilitated and resourced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in partnership with Transformation Thurrock, whose core aim is to get churches from across the borough’s Christian Faith Community sharing dreams and working together.
Rock Thurrock is the biggest project of its kind in the borough since the last visit by Billy Graham to the UK in 1989, when the State Theatre in Grays was packed out for a number nights to hear his message beamed from West Ham and other venues by satellite.
The Rock Thurrock launch will take the form of a breakfast at Thurrock Hotel on Saturday 5 March. There will be a presentation of the aims and purposes of the project given by Rev Colin Baker, pastor of Grays Baptist Church and leader of Rock Thurrock’s core team.
Special guest will be Dr Jonathan Oloyede, convener of Global Day of Prayer London, who is endorsing Rock Thurrock and who will be leading prayers for the project and the borough. Over 100 people from across the denominations, expressions and cultures represented in Thurrock will be in attendance.
Also attending will be Thurrock’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, and Cllr Phil Anderson. Members of the BGEA from both the UK and the US will be attending and speaking at the event.