Taking the church onto the streets was the strapline for the Mission to Truro.
Truro Cathedral kindly gave permission to park the Sovereign double-decker bus on High Cross, right in front of the cathedral. The bus is converted inside and painted with a lion’s head with a crown of thorns outside. It is owned by the Wave House Church, Newquay.
Inside the vintage Leyland bus there is a large kitchen, seating areas and various screens where it is possible to watch videos etc. Newquay is a surfing town so it is no surprise that the seats are covered in neoprene from repurposed wetsuits.
For the mission we installed part of the 1000 Faces photographic exhibition.
Outside we had a café style seating area that was served through a hatch in the side of the bus. There was a gazebo with live praise and worship and a free bookstall. We also offered free New Testaments kindly donated by ‘Good News for Everyone.’
Throughout the mission there were two teams. The first was made up of local Christians from 5 different churches that engaged with people as they passed by. The second team was a preaching team. This was made up of OAC evangelists who had travelled to Truro for the mission alongside local Christians.
During the 4 days we were able to speak to 100s of people and to give away 100s of leaflets about Christianity. Over 50 New Testaments were accepted and 50 free books were taken from the literature table. Between 6 and 8 people made some sort of commitment to Christ too.
Pray for all the people who were spoken to or took literature. Pray especially for those who made some sort of commitment. Pray that we may be able to follow each one up.
The overall response to the Mission to Truro has been very positive and there is talk about doing it again next year. Watch this space.