"This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life." Ezekiel 37:5
Have you ever been to church and noticed that there aren’t many people in their late teens, 20s and early 30s? This whole generation of people are sometimes called the ‘missing generation’ because they are the least likely group of people to go to church. A group of Church of England churches around Ormskirk, recognised this growing problem and decided to try and reach this ‘missing generation’. This is the story of Red Church:
In 2013 Ben & B Dyer moved to Ormskirk to plant a church trying to reach this ‘missing generation’. The first 6 months were difficult. There were very few young adults who were engaged with church, but in the summer of 2013 a small group began to form who met regularly to pray, chat and explore God’s plan for this area. This small group of people slowly grew larger and in October 2013 we officially had our launch night as Red Church in a local pub.
Over the next months and years, Red Church has continued to reach this ‘missing generation’. We started a weekly Sunday service, we began the country’s worst church football team and in everything we did we tried to help people come to know Jesus and enjoy church. We are still a small church, in a little town in the North-West of England, but we want to see God make a big difference in people’s lives, the communities we live in and the town we are a part of.
When Ben & B first moved to Ormskirk one bit of the Bible stood out to them as they were praying – Ezekiel 37. In it God takes Ezekiel to a desert and asks him what he sees. Ezekiel replies that he sees a valley of dry bones, but God brings these bones to life and creates an army. We feel this about young adults in Ormskirk, many of whom don’t know Jesus or want anything to do with church, but we believe God is going to change this. At our heart, Red Church wants to be a church that sees this ‘missing generation’ found.