Leicester Pie Day – A member shares the experience
‘The 12th July, a bright sunny Saturday in Leicestershire, saw numerous devoted PBCC members from the local congregation busy preparing their latest charitable Public Outreach Day event. These events are eagerly anticipated by the community as a great opportunity to further distribute Bibles and gospel literature, along with a tasty BBQ lunch, to anyone who chooses to come along – completely FOC!
For several days before the event, PBCC members young and old had been distributing leaflets in the neighbouring areas, and had put up banners outside the meeting hall and signposts on roads and roundabouts leading up to it, not wanting anyone to miss the opportunity. We even had one signpost right opposite the drive held by a couple of our enthusiastic 10-year old members!
We were soon to be rewarded for our efforts! On the day, we were delighted to welcome a substantial number of interested persons from the surrounding neighbourhoods. It was lovely to see such a diverse cross-section of society happily mingling in this caring environment – from elderly persons in their seventies right down to little three year olds and every age group in-between, not to mention a number of valued community members that were physically disabled or from other faiths.
Once they had been welcomed, guests enjoyed the opportunity to collect a Bible & Gospel literature pack, savour the delicious food, and talk in the sunshine. Their perspectives on the event seemed to be totally positive too: regarding the food, one guest mentioned that it was nicely presented, several noted the ‘very helpful people’, the ‘lovely surroundings’ and the way they felt ‘loved’ and ‘looked after and cared for’. It wasn’t just the meal that was appreciated either – one thoughtful guest commented that the most important thing for him was the chance for ‘discussion of Christian ideas’ with ‘like-minded people’. Another guest remarked on the distribution of Bible & Gospel packs that ‘it’s a great idea…’ – and went on to explain that in their faith they keep theirs in their prayer room. Another beautiful example of how these packs are being valued, was an elderly attendee who wanted to gift the Bible & Gospel literature pack to her grand-daughter – what a good foundation to lay in her life!
As you can see, all who attended were genuinely grateful and appreciative of the event and one hopeful visitor said, “See you next year”! So if you missed this event, keep your eyes peeled for the next – we look forward to meeting you there! There’s not much left in this world that comes completely free… even less delivered with care, compassion and respect.