Xpression returns for eleventh year

Some of last year's volunteers from Xpression get ready to serve in Portadown.
Some of last year's volunteers from Xpression get ready to serve in Portadown.

Christian outreach initiative, Xpression, is taking place in Portadown next week - marking its 11th year of activity.

Xpression will run from Monday 17 to Friday 21, when more than 150 Christian volunteers will take to the town to serve locals with various acts of kindness.

This year, volunteers will be out and about in six different locations: Brownstown, Killicomaine, Corcrain, Garvaghy Road, Obins Street and the town centre.

Throughout the week, these areas will become hives of activity, as volunteers run kids’ clubs, take on gardening jobs, visit residential homes and much more.

Xpression is a combined, inter-church outreach initiative displaying a ‘united’ front, with a large number of local churches represented by the 150 volunteers who are keen to impact the wider community with the Gospel message - outside of the church 
walls.

The emphasis among these Christian volunteers is on practical displays of love, with actions and words - rather than words only.

Peter Smith, chairman of Xpression, 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.”

All events are free to attend and open to all.

This year, the five days will end with a free family fun festival at the Pleasure Gardens, beside the Bann Boulevard.

It will take place on Friday evening and run from 4pm to 8pm. With music from the Mark Ferguson Band, cage football, face painting, a bouncy castle and 
barbecue, it’s sure to be a night not to be missed.

Email xpressionportadown@gmail.com for specific requests or contact any of the volunteers, who will be donning their black Xpression T-shirts throughout the 
week.