Go! Sign Festival Day
The one day weekend Deaf Festival event held on, 5 th November 2016, was an unforgettable experience and a blessing to all participants who attended. It was amazing to see Christian people from all over the UK gathered together to worship, sing and learn about God’s Words. The theme for the day’s sermon was about individuals being able to, “Shine like Stars”. The programme of events was led by Jay, who provided wonderful leadership, ensuring the smooth operation of the day’s programme.
Back to the theme of the Deaf Festival Day, the morning session focussed on how Christians can become stars, and how we as children of God can live in this present and dark world. The afternoon session focussed on where to shine. The Bible reading was from Phililippians 2:12-15. The talk ended by asking the question, ‘Where are we to shine?’ should it be, behind high walls topped by broken bottles and electrified wires? The ultimate response from every Christian should be as stated in Matthew 5:14-16- “You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. v 15 - People don’t hide their lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand and the light shines for everyone in the house to see. v16, In the same way, we should be the light for other people. Live so that they can see the good things you do and praise our Father in heaven.
It was encouraging to see how the sermon impacted on those in attendance, during the group discussion and feedback given at the end of programme, people expressed how they had been blessed. Another highlight of the event was that of a
lady who gave her life to Christ and decided that she would like to go and shine for Jesus. We are all called to shine in this dark world and to be a light to lost souls. It was amazing to see the many people who resolved to rededicate their lives to Christ and to become shining stars at home, work, in the community and the world at large.
It was first time ever that Go! Sign had organised a crèche for parents who have children. Through the leadership of Anna Smith and other volunteers it went well. The parents were impressed by the provision and appreciated the opportunity for them to attend the main Festival Day event knowing that someone would be around to take care of their children. The children in the crèche learned about God’s word,
had fun and also produced a drama show for the large audience in the afternoon.
The children were blessed and were themselves a blessing to all participants through their drama production. A huge thank you to all the people who volunteered to help with the crèche.
The Festival Day also saw the launch of, Christian Explorer, in a BSL/Deaf friendly format. God is so good, and it is my prayer that we will keep shining for Jesus and for His glory so that we can lead people to the light and to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. What an awesome and mighty God we serve!