On the evening of Tuesday 3rd April, our group of 6 young people and 3 leaders descended to Woodlands church along with 600 young people ready to kick-start a exciting week of Hope 18. For those who don’t know Hope 18 was a weeklong collaborative event between local community outreach project “The Noise” and the team from “Soul Survivor” who have also produced other events such as Soul Survivor festivals and Naturally Supernatural. The launch evening was full of energetic worship and spiritual teaching which filled us full off enthusiasm and passion for the days ahead.
We began our week by serving at Oasis Academy Long Cross by digging up their reception garden ready for new seed. Although the work was tiring we had lots of fun getting to bond as a team and discovering all the weird and random objects that had been planted by the 4-year olds. The next day we made our way down to Whitchurch to do litter picking around the neighbourhood and to plant a tree on a small plot of land next to ASDA. We really enjoyed this as it gave us an opportunity to clean up public areas which would often go unattended and helped the overall appearance of the area. We spent Thursday in St George's park passing out flyers about the upcoming family days that were being hosted around Bristol. Later in the day we walked up to the Orchard Café and helped host a youth café there. There was face painting, tuck shop and a open mic where Josh, Lizzie and Fran stole the spotlight.
I really enjoyed getting to know all the local people from the area who had come along to the event and listening to the wonderful local artists who came along and performed. Saturday was the grand finale of the week as there were 18 family fun days being hosted across all areas of Bristol. We were allocated to the family day in Easton where we went and helped serve tea and coffee’s. supervised the bouncy castle and of course face paint for the kids of the area. I loved chatting to all the family’s and seeing the community spirit in the area whilst showing Gods love for them. Overall the team had a wonderful week getting to know each other and helping different communities across Bristol. The Noise’s mission is to “Show God’s love in practical ways” and after a week full of community work and giving back to those across Bristol I was very clear that God has some wonderful plans for Bristol.