Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ignite Warrnambool

As I mentioned on the 5th, I've been in Warrnambool. The last three summers I've been down there with other Christians, helping run a kids holiday program called Scripture Union Family Mission, or SUFM. (Don't worry, the name is changing as of next summer.)

Well, this summer we decided to branch out and start a new project, a café called Ignite. Our reasoning is that most people in Warrnambool aren't likely to ever go to a church building , which cuts down the likelihood of them ever experiencing Christian community. However, some of these people would be quite comfortable in a café/lounge kind of setting. So what we tried to do was create a café where people who aren't Christians can observe and experience Christian community.

Here are some photos relating to Ignite and Warrnambool (along with explanations):

Blue face
We covered the walls of the rooms we were using for the café in spray-painted hessian, to make them bit more interesting. In the process of painting, I managed to get a huge splash of blue spray paint (it had built up on a stencil I'd been using) across my face. I got Yedsa to take this ^ photo when I'd half scrubbed it off.

Here's a tour of the café, starting at the rear entrance, and ending in the kitchen:

The two offices we were using are normally a council-run youth centre called Mercury 86, in the Warrnambool Business Centre. (The watertower I took photos of last year is on the same block.)

This is the Mercury 86 fridge:

Most nights we had a band playing (Rhinosaur, Not Ashamed and Rufus played on different nights) and each night we had pool, table tennis and foosball tables set up.

On January 6th we also held the first Ignite Allnite.We set up floodlights at the skatepark so that people could ride their skateboards and bikes until midnight and held a competition, sponsored by local skate, bike and music stores. Over 200 participants and spectators turned up.

The team who run the kids holiday program have siesta every afternoon. During siesta, everyone has to have their head on their pillow and be quiet.


At 12:35 pm, Blogger Taqwa said...

Yay Siesta!

in the last pic, the guy with the blue pillow and brown shirt looks kinda like ted from a distance..

At 1:03 am, Blogger Christop said...

Ah, that is Bevan.

At 10:33 am, Blogger photizo said...

So what is the name changing to from SUFM ?

At 1:04 am, Blogger Christop said...

No idea. Trav's just changing the name of the Warrnambool SUFM, and as far as I know he hasn't decided yet what it'll be changed to. And there's going to be two kids holiday programs anyway (for younger and older kids) so maybe they'll both have different names? Ask Trav.

At 8:07 pm, Blogger Barb said...

Hiya, Barb from SU Vic here (one of the missions co-ordinators). Unfortunately I didn't get to visit this summer, although have heard lots of raves about what you guys were doing and what God was doing thru you thru John and Dave ... and met with Trav this morning. We are sooooo excited about Warrnambool!

At 1:51 am, Blogger Christop said...

Hi Barb! Glad that you're excited - we are too!


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