Rev. Steve Peach
IT’S A CHAMPION RESULT
FOR BIG EFFORT
IN the 12 months since Pastor Peach took over at Tipton Christian Centre (TCC), the church has reached out to all 14 schools in the town and has also been awarded the title of Community Champion.
So how did all this come about? It started when Steve heard about a project called the Big Spring Clean last year.
He explained, ‘I haven’t changed the vision of the church because having been there for ten years I was part of the existing vision. It was a bit like Joshua taking over from Moses.
‘But I was given more of a community focus to branch out into the town.
‘We got involved with different community organisations and discovered that there was a massive void for us to fill.
‘Then I heard about a project called the Big Spring Clean, where the council, the government, and other organisations got involved in cleaning up the streets and wanted to get the schools involved. We heard of it and got ourselves into its The Big Spring Clean culminated in TCC being invited into a local school after meeting with the headteacher. Steve said, ‘They wanted to get involved in the Big Spring Clean but didn’t want to go out of the school grounds. So we went into the school and cleaned the grounds.
‘Hundreds of kids got involved, then the parents brought their kids to our kids’ work and that’s helped us as a church and has increased our congregation.
‘Just the other week, I was in a school preaching to over 1,000 kids and around 70 staff – and I got invited back for a three-hour RE lessons ‘It was a great time of my youth leader and I explaining the gospel, sharing Jesus and our testimonies. From there all the schools and people who were involved nominated us as a church and we were given the title of Community Champion’.
This year the church is getting even more involved with the Big Spring Clean, and has offered to help the council run the project because of budget cuts. Steve said, ‘It’s amazing how we’ve seen God move since we went out into the community’.
Another success that the church will be repeating this year is their involvement in the local Canal Fest.
Steve said, ‘Last year we were involved in that and did a big open air, where three churches shut down on a Sunday and held their Sunday service in a marquee.
There were 150 inside the marquee and the same number outside. This year they’ve promised us a bigger marquee!’ And Steve said the church loves to help people in a practical way, which they were able to do last Christmas.
He said, ‘An organisation that we worked with told us about a family that only had three beds for their four children, and no bedding.
‘We were able to provide a brand new bed and brand new bedding for the other beds.
‘The family didn’t just get touched by us, but by God through us. Just being in the community has made a massive difference.’
And this Easter looks set to be no different with the church planning to be part of a Good Friday March of Witness around the town’