Free food on a freezing Saturday
At lunchtime on Saturdays, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church regularly hold public information events to provide bibles and gospel literature to the local community.
In the week leading up to this particular event, over 2000 invitation leaflets were distributed by volunteers to neighbouring villages around the church hall in Frating, Colchester. Invitations were also handed out after each day’s street preaching in the Colchester town centre.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate! On Saturday 23rd March, temperatures were down to a very chilly zero degrees with a wind chill of -7. But despite the freezing conditions, enthusiasm was still strong — in fact they even had a street preaching in blizzard conditions! Can you picture it? Young lads preaching the gospel and handing out leaflets in the middle of a snowstorm — obviously nothing could hold these guys back!
As one of their spokesmen said, “We believe in sticking to the commitments we make. We made a commitment to the local community to provide a free lunch along with free bibles, so that’s exactly what we did, despite the snow falling around us.”
One of the visitors to the event, who just happened to see the signs when passing outside the church, said “We couldn’t not come in when we saw such dedication in these weather conditions!”
From families with young children to teenagers to senior citizens, everyone appreciated the good spirit and free food. They munched hungrily into hamburgers, hot fries and salad, plus delicious cakes for dessert before making their way home, heads down against the driving snow, free bible and gospel tracts tucked away safely.