Helen & John are the Senior Leaders at Farnworth Baptist Church, Bolton. John was in retail management for ten years, then training and development for ten years. Helen has worked in secretarial and administrative roles.
Farnworth is in an area of significant urban deprivation northwest of Manchester. Following a church split in 2004 the church was re-established with 17 adults who were passionate for seeing God’s Kingdom come in the area. A major building refurbishment took place in order that the building could be used to better serve the local community. After employing a community development worker the church has established a Work Club, training programmes for the unemployed, a community café, a Foodbank, benefits and welfare advice and a TLG alternative education centre.
They are currently looking to establish social enterprise projects to provide a sustainable income stream whilst continuing to reach the local community. In 2012 the church established the Activate School of Supernatural Ministry to train and equip believers and to release them to serve the church. This draws on a range of resources from Bethel in Redding, USA. The church now averages 50 adults plus a thriving youth and children’s work and in the financial year ending 2014 it impacted the lives of over 5000 people in the local community.
How can they help you?
They are happy to chat through issues concerning mission in urban areas, fundraising for social action projects and to pray this through with you. You can contact Helen and John by email, or call 01204 861671.