Eden Bus coming to Leigh
05 April 2019 IN: Parish News
Churches in Leigh are thrilled to be launching an Eden Bus project in the town, offering a mobile youth centre for young people to enjoy. A brand new bus equipped with video games, chill-out zone, climbing wall and nail bar will be appearing every Thursday evening at Spinning Gate car park in Leigh from 9 May.
Revd Alan Saunders, Vicar of Christ Church Pennington, is delighted that the project is taking off after months of planning. Working together with other denominations in the town to offer the facilities for young people, the Eden Bus has received financial backing from Wigan Council.
Alan said, “The cut backs to youth services are so severe that there are very few resources for youth activities these days. The voluntary sector is looking to the fill the gap, which is both an opportunity for churches and a challenge.
“We hope this project acts as a catalyst to build and strengthen partnerships across the town. No single organisation can effectively fulfil the task of reaching out to our young people - we are better together! We are excited that so far partnerships are developing with Wigan Council, Wigan Community Partnership, our high schools, churches, Ambassadors in Football and a community arts project.”
As well as its weekly appearance in Leigh town centre, the Eden Bus will be touring the three high schools in the town. Christ Church has strengthened its links with Lowton CE High School since the appointment last year of Wiremu Kingi as senior church Youth Worker and Lowton school chaplain.
Alan said, “We are starting to see sustained growth in numbers of children and young people attending church groups since Wiremu joined us. The youth work programme has developed, made possible by funding from grants and giving.”
Follow-up sessions with young people interested in learning more about the Christian faith and links to church-based activities will take place over the summer. “This provides repeated and relevant opportunities for young people to hear the Good News.”