Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
It's already had BBC Radio 2 play and is BBC Radio Wales record of the week.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Had a great evening baptizing some of our folks from Zac's in the ocean last night - cold wind, choppy waves, turning tide, full moon, sun setting - hugely symbolic of life amidst stormy waters. Strong rips that push you around, but a determination to battle through. A real milestone for all those involved and much to be thankful for.....
Friday, September 16, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
The first is at this link from the Swansea Evening Post website today - a feature on a legendary minister to the margins some years back Maverick Preacher Leon.
The second - a Sky News item with two guys commenting on the recent riots in London and beyond ....
Friday, July 29, 2011
It's been a rough eleven months, with repeated poor behaviour and violent scenes from many of those seeking support. Negotiating has become increasingly more difficult as many of the symptoms of the current drug use habits exhibit some pretty extreme psychotic patterns of behaviour. None of this of course is any different to what the city centre experiences across the board. But sometimes you can't help thinking, it's not just our guests banging their head's against the wall.
As well as taking a breather, the volunteers will also be taking stock and looking at how we can change things to improve the overall experience, without diluting a heartfelt desire to love those on the margins.
If there are occasionally any doubts as to whether things are worth all the aggro, I was served up a tangible reminder, just last weekend thundering down a German autobahn, that it's worth sticking with it.
On the road trip with fellow God's Squad members, to southern Germany, for the club's gathering of our chapters around Europe, it dawned on me once again, what an incredible collection of characters and stories we are. Addressing the club as a whole and looking at a sea of faces or taking a snapshot glimpse into my rear view mirror at the smaller group of twenty two headlights following in tight formation; the stories of the transforming grace of God abound. For some, vital signs of life have emerged from absolute carnage - precious tales of survival in a last chance saloon. Others have faithfully grafted in service and sacrifice for the Lord for years, there's some around now I call brothers, who when we first met hurled insults our way years ago. There are faces that are lived in, tattoos that are as autobiographical as any book, scars aplenty, many battles still to be won - but there is a tenderness of heart and humility of spirit that only comes from an encounter with the servant Jesus. Truly a pleasure to share the road with such pilgrims, especially when other aspects of ministry have brought frustration in recent days.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Returns to Holland and USA and setting off for Germany shortly have made it an unusually high mileage month.
Was great to be in Michigan visiting the God's Squad family there. Time included pastoral visits, preaching, soup runs, community meals and opportunity even allowed for a trip to hell!
I continue to have the old quote from the cricketing missionary, CT Studd written in the inside cover of my bible .... "some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell, but I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell".
True to form the periphery of Hell turned out to be a great place of meeting new people and 'warm' hospitality! Even got an invite back ....
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The following news article gives a helpful introduction....
Yass Tribune: Zac's Place To Open It's Doors
A direct link to the related website can be found HERE. Please take a look at it and consider supporting it in whatever way you can.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Here you will find options for signing up for news, facebook page, donations, pictures and info as it happens .... including the opening on 22 April, 2011.
For Zac's Place stuff in the UK, you'll still find everything here www.zacsplace.org.
Friday, March 11, 2011
The Yass Tribune begins their article with these words....
God’s Squad is riding into town to set up a place where those living on the fringes of our society can find themselves at home.
The old St Clement’s community hall/tennis clubhouse is being transformed into Zac’s Place, an outreach centre which is unashamedly Christian in ethos and completely committed to extending a hand to local people in need.
The initiative is derived from a model in Swansea, Wales, where a church for ragamuffins was founded by the European president of the God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club, Sean Stillman.
Glenn Stewart, president of the Southern NSW chapter of God’s Squad, and his wife Ros have spent some time in the UK learning the tricks of the trade and growing their passion.
They have applied this experience to establish Zac’s Place in Yass, which they define as being “all about community”.
God’s Squad, which primarily exists to minister among the biker fraternity as a relevant and accepted expression of the Christian Church, has been working in the Yass Valley for about eight years. Mr Stewart said the nondenominational group has identified a need here but is also willing to be flexible in the service it will offer the community.
The doors of Zac’s Place will be open to everyone - men, women, young adults and the elderly. You don’t have to be a member of a motorcycle club or a church to find solace at the facility, which will act as a ‘drop-in centre’.
To read the rest of the web edition of the article, go to this LINK at the Yass Tribune
To read a pdf version of the front page feature of the article, which is a little longer than the web version, go to this LINK.