Xpression ‘love in action’ team take to the streets

Members of the Xpression team hard at work last year. INPT33-024
Members of the Xpression team hard at work last year. INPT33-024

It is 10 years since the Xpression team first took to the streets of Portadown with their message of ‘love in action’, and next week they will once again be out in force.

Members of the Christian outreach initiative will visit six local areas - Brownstown, Killicomaine, Corcrain, Garvaghy Road, Obins Street and the town centre - from Monday to Friday, displaying Christian love in practical ways.

The 260 volunteers will provide a host of various activities to all ages. From barbecues to kids’ clubs, gardening to sing-alongs in residential homes, and free concerts with games, face painting and much more, the communities of Portadown are set to benefit.

Peter Smith, chairperson, said, “Xpression aims to bring a positive message, have a positive impact, and leave a positive impression. It is all about love in action, faith and works.”

Xpression is an inter-church action group with a desire to see churches working together to share the Gospel with those outside of church walls.

You can text the Xpression prayer team to ask them to pray for any specific issues of concern (07731 394789) or contact any of the volunteers who will be wearing black T-shirts and will be easily identifiable.

All events are free to attend and open to all.

A regular feature in recent years has been the Xpression Café which this year will run in the Besor Café, St Mark’s, Mandeville Street, from Monday to Friday. All are welcome to pop in for free tea, coffee, buns, etc with ‘live’ music on both the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

This year, the five days of events will end with a family fun festival in Portadown town centre on Friday, August 22 at 7.30pm and features the Mark Ferguson Band, barbecue, cage football, face painting, bouncy castle and much more. All attractions are free.

Xpression have also planned a special 10-year celebration/thanksgiving service on Sunday, August 24 at 7pm in Seagoe Parish Centre, to which everyone is welcome.