Open Air Campaigners

• YORKSHIRE BRANCH •

www.oacyorkshire.org.uk

Presenting Christ by all means everywhere   

                                                              with Roger and Rosemary Gray                                              

Pray for the BRIDLINGTON BEACH MISSION, 23rd-30th July, 2011

Last year was so worthwhile in this lovely resort. Based next to the harbour, fellowship, fun and food with accommodation in local homes.

Many children and parents heard the Gospel at least once over the week.  The sketchboard was a big 'crowd puller' and many personal conversations followed.

Younger committed Christian Team Members required asap.

The Mission involves training in outreach, lunchtime open airs and afternoon family events on the beach. 01262 674476. em:roger.gray3@virgin.net 

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Pray for the work in Bridlington's Primary and Junior schools which is  all-year-round (as far as Scarborough, Driffield, Hornsea and Hull).

Open Airs continue during March - October with prayer in Harbourside FIEC at 12.15pm then on to either the Harbour top, Promenade, King St. or the Shopping Precinct.


Roger will again be attending and witnessing at Driffield Show on 20th July.

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Please pray daily for this important work.

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Feb update 2011 

Over the last year, more that 100 school assemblies and classes have been visited by Roger, sometimes with Rosemary. How can those boys, girls and teachers forget the ‘Rolf Harris’ style presentations (the adults in churches really enjoy!). Pray that the seeds of God’s Word will yield fruit in future days and years in these young and precious lives.
This 2011 is no exception and already, in 4 days, by 4th Feb. Roger has had the privilege of speaking at schools in; Nafferton, Hornsea and New Pasture Lane. Other Primary and Juniors booked this month: East Ayton, Flamborough, Skipsea, Driffield, Kilham, Boynton and St. Mary’s RC.

Rosemary attends Brid Hospital for wrist physio (after falling in December in the ice on her way to the Spa for a U3A gathering).

She still continues with both Groups; Cards for all Occasions and the Stitching Group.

‘Streetwise’ training will be in Manchester, 19th and after the Half term Rosemary attends London, 28th for OAC National Council.
Pray especially for the Brid. Bible Exhibition in May 2011. The response has been encouraging so far from schools. Adults will dress as Bible characters!

Volunteers are needed for another Bridlington Mission from 23-30th July.

Much preparation is required, not only for the above, but weekly preaching and other speaking engagements, not forgetting the Kids Club on Sunday mornings at Cornerstone - so pray every day for this amazing, gifted and godly couple.

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Thanks again for all your prayers, encouragement and support to us in so many ways.

Yours in Christ,  Roger & Rosemary 

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June update 2010

God’s opened many doors for which we give thanks. Recently, however, we are finding it harder to gain new ground, so please pray over this.
We look forward to a week in Glasgow soon, renewing fellowship with our sending church, ministering in a number of situations and catching up with longstanding friends: joining the Open Air Team in Glasgow. June 6th Drumchapel United Free, then 2pm Roger leads Barlinnie Prison Bible Class and at 6.30pm Findlay Church (Glasgow).
A busy month back home in E. & N. Yorks: 9th St. Mary’s RC school am; Rosemary’s Craft Stitching Class (each Wed); Roger pm: Braeburn Primary. Other schools: Seamer/Irton Junior; Bay Primary; Wheatcroft Junior, St Martins Junior; Boynton Primary; Burlington Infants; Wold Newton Primary; Martongate (2 Assemblies); Flamborough; Cayton; Overdale & Hunmanby Primary.
11th, 18th and 25th at 12.15pm Prayer at Harbourside & Open Airs. One went particularly well on 21st May at the bottom of the Harbour Slipway (below MacDonalds/Dolphin) with many listening and conversations after.             

OPEN AIRS re-started on 5th March 2010

We are organising a week’s mission in Bridlington during the summer on the beach and harbour areas the last week in July.  Pray that God will provide a team of approx. 12 people.

OPEN AIRS: Please pray for enthusiasm for the new session - plus warmer weather to encourage folk to stop and listen.

Praise God for the many opportunities to visit and be closely involved with local churches, particularly four: Bridlington Baptist; Calvary Chapel by the sea; Cornerstone and Harbourside.

Well, we have certainly had some interesting weather over the past 2 months.  The locals in Bridlington tell us snow rarely lasts for long due to its closeness to the sea, so this has been the exception that proves the rule!
We praise God we have been kept in good health, free from accidents, and have a very reliable car which enables us to fulfil our engagements.  Thanks to all who pray for these practical issues and we trust you will be encouraged by our latest news.


SCHOOLS
We now have 27 Primary School entrances as well as 2 Secondary Colleges, but it is not easy to get openings into Secondary Schools - we continue to push doors and await God opening them in His time.  This area of work has wonderfully opened up since last April and we're so conscious of people's prayers.

The stall in the King Street Market will resume on 27th March and we will be taking our turn on the rota.  Pray that bridges would be built with other stall holders and people who pass by.

Rosemary continues the fortnightly Wednesday "Cards for all Occasions" group under the auspices of the U3A (University of the Third Age).

On alternative Wednesdays she commenced, on 3rd March, her own group for those interested in "Stitching" Cards. 

Thanks again for all your prayers, encouragement and support to us in so many ways.

Yours in Christ,  Roger & Rosemary 

 

December 2009 

Pray about the first invitation to Bridlington Sports College (ex. Brid Upper) on 1st Dec 1.20pm (Yr 10).  

Also in December; 9 assemblies or classes for primary schools. 

2010 January and  February we’re attending 16 different schools.

25 primary have regular assemblies.  The next open air in Hull is 22nd Dec.

We give thanks to God for good health, stamina, and all we need to develop this new ministry in Yorkshire. We are most grateful to all of you co-workers in the gospel, who pray, encourage, contact and financially support us, as also those involved in the work locally.  God who knows human hearts will reward you accordingly (Phil. 1:5).

Roger had a very good meeting with a minister from Elim, Scarborough. Also other church contacts living in nearby towns. Prayer Meeting with Scarborough ministers is booked 24th Feb. Please pray for openings into these new churches in order to share the work of OAC and serve them in the best way.

One more [U3A] craft group before Christmas on 2nd Dec. The ladies are coming for lunch on 9th.  Remember Rosemary as she will have the opportunity of sharing the real meaning of Christmas on this occasion.

Also: 13-20th Jan. Ministry in N. Ireland and visits to Rosemary’s family. 

(14th  Gilnahirk Baptist: 18th Belfast City Mission: 19th Light & Life Church (Dundonald) - for training in personal work and sketchboard.

We’ve officially changed to OAC Yorkshire for banking purposes/cheques.

Updated monthly HYPERLINK www.oacscotland.co.uk 

May you have a blessed Christmas and know God’s peace in 2010.

Roger and Rosemary

EARLY DAYS IN EAST YORKSHIRE

Sandwiched between the regular Open Air work, 3rd and 17th July '09, here in Brid., on 4-12th, Roger will be involved again, in training and open airs; Reach the City ‘Shine your Light in the Black Country' near Birmingham. Each evangelist will be responsible for a team of people in the afternoon and evenings, working with one of the local churches. Roger and Rosemary GrayRoger has been allocated, with his team, to Bilston Baptist.

Rosemary will be attending the Scottish School of 3d Decoupage in Glasgow - a training week for those interested in making cards or pictures in 3D.

19-25th both of us at Teen Ranch in Perthshire, Scotland, speaking at Round Up 3. Do pray for up to 60 young teenagers who will be there all week. Remember us as we prepare two talks for the teens each day as well as staff devotions every morning. Then renewing contacts in Glasgow including Findlay, with updates of God's work and back home for the 31st Open Airs.

August too is just as busy for the Lord, but a well deserved holiday in Jersey is booked from 18-29th. Please pray daily for this important work. OAC could also mean: Out - Always Crusading!

Open Airs: Friday 12:30 on 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th September

NEW Commencing Wednesday 23rd September, 10am-12noon, ‘Cards for All Occasions' by Rosemary at Lambert Road (fortnightly).