Christians celebrate ‘Spark’ of success

Members of the Spark Town Centre 2 team pictured at First Ballymena Presbyterian Church before they headed out on another mission INBT-33F-SPARK 01F.'
Members of the Spark Town Centre 2 team pictured at First Ballymena Presbyterian Church before they headed out on another mission INBT-33F-SPARK 01F.'

Some 300 Christians engulfed streets, gardens, folds, churches and community centres of Ballymena for the annual Spark outreach.

Now in its ninth year, Spark encompassed several denominations and teams were active in various areas including Town Centre 1 (Smithfield), Town Centre 2 (Bandstand & Demense), Doury Road, Ballee, Ballykeel, Broughshane, Dunclug, Fisherwick, Harryville, Kells, Portglenone, Toome, and Tullygarley.

Each crew was determined to show God’s love in whatever way they could.

Sparkers in Ballee, for example, held daily children’s clubs and a ladies’ night with desserts plus hair and make-up demonstrations.

They also hosted a 60+ club where they sang and served afternoon tea, held a character hunt and bbq night, finishing on the Friday with kids face painting.

In common with other ‘districts’ they also undertook many gardening jobs while the Doury Road members organised a Tea Dance for elderly people at High Kirk Presbyterian Church.

Spark workers were busy in the town centre from their bases at Smithfield and Broadway Bandstand where free face-painting, tea, coffee and CDs were available not to mention live music.

Reflecting on this year’s event, a Spark spokesperson said: “We will look back on 2015 as one of our best years to date.”

“The rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of our volunteers, in fact, it made them more determined to find new ways of reaching the communities they served.

“Each person was a credit to themselves, their families, churches and to God.

“We give Him all the glory for what was achieved”, he added.

The members of Spark 2015 have extended thanks to all who supported them this time round including local churches and folds, residents, musicians, cooks, community organisations and prayer warriors.