The Original Vision:
Eve is a ministry that was laid on the hearts of Sue Hicklin and Pat Hopewell here at St John’s 5 years ago. Both had been thinking about it for a while before they came together to plan Eve 2009. Jill Ward joined us and the team began to grow as a regular band of helpers, who prefer to stay in the background, came on board.
Our vision for Eve was and still is two fold:
1. To encourage and strengthen the relationships between women in Hinckley and develop our walk in Christ’s kingdom together, whilst building strong friendships and trust alongside one another.
We have some events planned for this, we have had a ladies ministry day on Saturday 10th May 2014. It was a full days event, we had lunch together and enjoyed a time of ministry and worship. The day was a huge success.
The day was open to women in other churches in Hinckley and has lead to us joining together with Hinckley Baptist Church, Hinckley URC and Hope Community Church to spread Eve events to women all over Hinckley. We don’t think it will stop there, and more churches will join us.
Also we are planning to have 2 or 3 study meetings per year, where we will be looking at ‘Bad girls of the Bible’. It’s a different way to look at some bible stories and learn from them while strengthening our knowledge and becoming deeper rooted in God. We’ve had 2 so far they were successful evenings. I believe the more confident we are in that knowledge the more confident our witness. Our next study will be in the autumn.
But this isn’t outreach. Which brings us to the second part of our original vision:
2. We want to have fun and enjoy ourselves together and provide events that ladies can confidently invite their non-Christian friends to.
Initially we had the bonus of friends wanting to see our new building, but the ‘newness’ has worn off now and we feel the same has happened to Eve events. People have lost the vision of ‘who could I ask to this event’ as a gentle outreach.
So now we feel God is blessing us by expanding our vision out of St John’s. Watch out for more information on events in 2015 to invite friends to.
Eve could go global!!