Volunteers from Influence Church recently took to the streets of Richmond for a day of community action called ‘No Strings’.
The projects, organised by senior ministers Ben & Gale Dowding, saw many volunteers undertaking a variety of projects across the town with the aim of serving the community with ‘no strings attached’.
Influence Church (which changed its name last year from Richmond Pentecostal Church) has been running projects under the banner of ‘No Strings’ for over 7 years. Over that time they have completed hundreds of community projects including gardening, litter picking, graffiti cleaning, repairing & painting bus stops, transforming children's play parks, community barbecues & much more, right across Richmond, Catterick & Colburn.
Senior Pastor Ben Dowding said: “Because we’ve been running these projects for years now, it’s fantastic to see the lasting effects due to the time people have given up to serve our community! Every year it’s great to see such a diversity of people and ages all pulling on our blue t-shirts and going out to work together to show some love to our town! It’s a brilliant picture of the modern church in action!"
"We believe in building a church that’s part of the community. A church that’s relevant, enthusiastic & generous. We believe in faith not just being something we talk about but something we put into action. No Strings is just an expression of that in the communities that we love being part of,” he continued.
During the one-day event 102 volunteers got involved with graffiti cleaning, litter picking, repairing & painting childrens playparks, clearing alleyways, serving members of the community in need and much more. The volunteers also got involved with giving away hundreds of free gifts to members of the public including free flowers, chocolates & goodie bags in Richmond.
Influence Church hold their Sunday ‘Main Event’ service at 11am each week at the Church building on Victoria Road, as well as an evening service each week in Barnard Castle at 5pm. They also have many other programs & events happening each week for all ages.