Her­itage of Faith a place to find up­lift­ing sup­port

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE - Kim Micke Kim.Micke@bor­der­post.com.au

A NEW hub for com­mu­nity gath­er­ings is set to touch ground on Tues­day at the Her­itage of Faith Chris­tian Church.

To cre­ate a place for peo­ple to have a chat and build new friend­ships, the Her­itage of Faith Chris­tian Church will open its doors ev­ery Tues­day and

Thurs­day from 9.30am to 2pm.

Her­itage of Faith Chris­tian Church mem­bers An­thony and Jody Patti as well as Rachel and Colin El­lis are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties the new plat­form is go­ing to pro­vide for Gran­ite Belt res­i­dents.

“We’re sup­port­ing a new com­mu­nity cen­tre where peo­ple can come and find friend­ship,” An­thony said.

“For peo­ple who are out of touch with so­ci­ety and a bit re­luc­tant to step out, we want to pro­vide a place where they feel com­fort­able where there is go­ing to be no judge­ment.

“We want to be looked at as a min­istry that reaches out to touch lives and change lives to break away from the nor­mal run of the mill.”

An­thony said Her­itage of Faith Chris­tian Church’s com­mu­nity cen­tre would be open to ev­ery­one – no mat­ter what age or reli­gion.

“It’s about re­la­tion­ship, not reli­gion,” An­thony said.

“That’s re­ally what we all need to know. Je­sus is about re­la­tion­ship.”

“We need to be im­i­ta­tors of what he did (Je­sus),” An­thony said.

“And what he did was he spent time with the world, with the ev­ery­day peo­ple.

“God needs ves­sels, he needs peo­ple. It’s like an army I guess. The prime min­is­ter can be back in the gov­ern­ment but he needs peo­ple on the ground to ful­fil the mis­sion. That’s what Chris­tian­ity is all about.

“We are all the same. It’s just that we have a rev­e­la­tion that can help peo­ple have an eter­nal se­cu­rity and we want to share that. That’s what Colin wants to do, Rachel wants to do, all of us.”

Colin said the meet­ings would make for a great place to build new friend­ships.

“We want to sup­port peo­ple in all dif­fer­ent needs,” he said.

“It’s for peo­ple to just sit down and have a cup of tea or cof­fee and maybe we’ll put on some DVDs and things like that and chat.

“Maybe share a meal with us.”

Colin said he was look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple through the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

“We want to make this a place where peo­ple can just feel free to come in and feel at home and feel loved and just know that peo­ple care about them,” he said.

“We want to share what’s hap­pened in our lives. Me and my wife Rachel, we were sup­ported by our church soup kitchen and we have seen that there were a lot of peo­ple who felt too ashamed of com­ing there.

“We have all gone through a sit­u­a­tion in our life where we had a life like that.

“We’ve gone through de­pres­sion, we’ve gone through anx­i­ety and we’ve all been lonely.

“We just want to open the doors for peo­ple who just want to come and for us it’s about shar­ing our lives with them and how we come to be where we are to­day.

“We want to let peo­ple know that it’s OK to talk about it and we want to show them love – that’s prob­a­bly the big­gest point of them all.”

Colin said they wanted to sup­port peo­ple in the com­mu­nity tak­ing a bit of poverty from ev­ery­one’s lives.

“Poverty comes in many forms,” Colin said.

“Poverty is not just about hav­ing no money or no food. Poverty is in all dif­fer­ent ar­eas of your life. Lone­li­ness is poverty, anx­i­ety is poverty, de­pres­sion is poverty, lack­ing peace – all kinds of poverty.

“We’re there to get to know peo­ple and to love them and be their friend and share our own lives with them and tell them what

God has done in our life.”

We want to make this a place where peo­ple can just feel free to come in and feel at home and feel loved and just know that peo­ple care about them.

— Colin El­lis

PHOTO: KIM MICKE

OPEN DOORS: Jody Patti, Rachel El­lis, Colin El­lis and An­thony Patti are ex­cited to open the Her­itage of Faith Chris­tian Church to the com­mu­nity ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day for a cof­fee and a chat.

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