Training Day 2022
‘Within our reach… gospel work in the open-air’ was our joint Training Day with UBM and was held on Saturday, 5th March. Around 140 were in attendance for helpful ministry and seminars. We give thanks for the day and look to the Lord to bless all present to help us reach out with the gospel in a biblical and winsome manner.
It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing nervousness around the world. Our own UK Government has responded by tightening some rules, with devolved administrations following suit. Whilst this is a timely reminder to be wise and cautious regarding hygiene, there has been nothing implemented that adversely affects our operation in the open-air (social distancing
rules etc.). As a result, we are not at the stage where we need to reintroduce any Coronavirus measures. It is also worth noting that, as workers of OAM (staff and volunteers), our primary workplace is in the open-air and therefore the ‘work from home where possible’ guidance does not affect us. We must, however, remember that the increased media attention on another variant will inevitably increase anxiety in some
people and we must be mindful of this whilst engaging people on the streets. A verse we have quoted so often over the last 20 months still rings clear, ‘Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ’ (Philippians 1:27a).
We thank the Lord that this current situation does not hinder our gospel proclamation, especially during this advent season. May the Lord encourage us with many gospel opportunities as we declare the mystery and the meaning of the incarnation! Please be assured that we continue to monitor the situation and keep our response under review, yet, please also join us in prayer that gospel work in the open-air would not be interrupted as we have seen in the past.
10th December 2021
We are delighted to announce that we will, God-willing, be running another Training Day in conjunction with UBM.
Saturday, 5th March 2022
More details and booking can be found here
Annual Supporters’ Day 2022
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Yesterday, the First Minister confirmed that as of today, 7th August, Wales enters ‘Alert Level 0’. As a result, our workers in Wales are no longer bound by the Mission’s formal Coronavirus measures. Yet, we still encourage caution and vigilance with good hygiene practice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also, we must also respect that we may meet those who are anxious about the easing of restrictions. Please note that that Mission’s Coronavirus measures (social distancing, hygiene protocols, registered supporter scheme etc.) remains in operation in Northern Ireland and Scotland until these areas come into alignment with England and Wales.
It appears that the easing of restrictions in England has granted further opportunities communicate the gospel, for which we give thanks. We trust that this will also be seen in Wales and, God willing, in Northern Ireland and Scotland soon.
May our mediation and prayer be that of Moses, ‘Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants. Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.’ (Psalm 90:11-17).
7th August 2021
As you are aware, the Mission undertakes a regular review of our response to the Coronavirus situation so that our policies and practice are in line with current Government regulation and guidance. Another such review meeting took place today with representatives from the OAM Committee and Evangelists.
Back in April, we drew up our own ‘roadmap’, a timetable of measures we would review at each meeting. Having reached the final stage of this timetable we find ourselves, like the UK Government, having to delay. Therefore, our current hygiene and social distancing policies remain in operation. Please continue to adhere to these as a good witness in the open-air.
Our next review will take place by the Committee on Wednesday, 21st July. However, should the the Prime Minister announce another review of measures (in England) before then, we will seek to convene a review meeting as soon as possible afterwards to assess whether it is appropriate to end any of our current measures. The next review will also look at any appropriate changes which can be applied to the work in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales so that we continue to be aligned with current legislation and guidance in those areas.
Thankfully, current law and guidance enables us to run some Team Events in the coming weeks for a concerted witness in the open-air. Since the reopening of camp-sites and educational camp centres, there is ample guidance to navigate through to allow residential teams to resume with shared-facilities. Relevant risk assessments and guidance notes are in place to facilitate this. Your prayer would be appreciated for Liverpool, London and Glasgow as the Team Leaders prepare for these outreach weeks, especially with the additional cleaning and social distancing protocols in place.
We are also thankful to the Lord for the local authorities granting permission for our Beach Missions in Tenby and Weymouth to go ahead. Please pray for the planning and preparation for these teams, especially for the recruitment of team members to maximise the opportunities.
Whilst we long to see the end of restrictions once and for all, we are, nevertheless, thankful for what we are able to do now. We are significantly further forward from where we were this time last year, for which we give thanks. ‘Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever’ (Psalm 106:1).
Working within current legislation and guidance, we are grateful to the Lord that we can run both our Tenby and Weymouth Beach Missions. For more information about Beach Missions and how to book, please click here.
Bookings are also open for a limited number of Team Events. For more information and booking details, please click here.