Catch the Fire is a year old. We all celebrated with a bonfire and ice-cream (never mind that it what raining, cold and some of us were also sitting under umbrellas). Despite the wet, we managed to set and keep the fire alight and yes, it raged!
Catch the Fire is a group where we ‘grow’ in Jesus together – read the Bible, pray and talk about what is going on in our lives. It is especially for refugees and asylum seekers and we run it every Wednesday evening in Foleshill, Coventry. Why ‘Catch the Fire?’ Well, we know that when people become real Christians, they are not merely changing religion. They are coming alive, ‘catching alight’ with the life of the Holy Spirit and starting a new life, one that is running in quite a different direction from the old.
Maybe that wet anniversary was prophetic. Fires have to be kindled, encouraged and they start off as a tiny spark. Newspapers are very good for fanning the flame and quite a lot of enthusiastic fanning went on that damp evening! – Especially our young guys! There is much to put ‘the fire’ out (drizzle!) and we must foster, encourage it.
So, Catch the Fire is all about igniting, fostering, fanning, encouraging, persevering, so that the life of the Holy Spirit can increase in us all. Usually around 20 people attend and those wanting to be baptised do a 12 week Catch the Fire Course first, on topics such as: what sin is, the cost of being a disciple, understanding why Jesus had to die and why we need to be baptised.
Last weekend two of our Catch the Fire young guys were baptised in our makeshift baptistery at our local Edgwick Park (water at the courtesy of Coventry Fire Brigade as there is no running water in the park). The fire is lit! Now we must encourage, foster, fan and feed the fire with fresh fuel! As the old Salvation Army hymn starts:
Wanted, hearts baptised with fire!