Heritage of Faith a place to find uplifting support
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
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.