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Eden Christian Centre "International Day" Celebration

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Eden Christian Centre held their first ever outdoor event for "International Day" on Sundy 13th July 2014. The long serving celebration held by the global Apostolic church, commemorates the diverse cultures within their congregations. This year Pastor Bryon Jones of the Ilford based parish, chose to share the day with the local community, to create stronger links with local people and to identify the church as a place of hope, joy and new beginnings.

The day was filled with exciting family activities including, live music and dance, henna art, face painting, funfair, bouncy castle, a quiz, talent competition and free international food - cooked and served by members of the congregation.Hundreds of visitors attended the event throughout the day, which also coincided with the FIFA World Cup final this year. Our BPCA Team provided free Henna Painting and Punjabi outreach.

The church were joined by Redbridge Enterprise who held a swap shop which enabled local people to exchange unwanted CD's, books, clothes and other items for alternatives. They also provided a treasure hunt, advice on local recycling, a seed planting activity for children and a World Cup badge making activity to coincide with the build up to the final. An exciting penalty shoot out competition was also held at the church car park and the winner won a giant football.

The event had a spiritual dimension too and visitors were invited to receive prayer for healing and other needs. They were also given opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith and the relevance of the church in modern times.

Pastor Bryon Jones said;

"We were so excited about sharing our special day with the local community and were not disappointed, as local people from varied cultures joined us all day for a time of fun and feasting. The event was packed from the start to the very end."

He added;

"We believe the event went some way towards dispelling myths about the Christian faith and highlighted the joy that comes from true faith in Christ. Moreover, it gave us great joy to pray with local people over their individual concerns - we hope now our church has become a more welcoming beacon of hope."

Pastor Bryon Jones
London, UK

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