LIVELY, entertaining, joyful.
That’s how Senior Pastors Carlton and Jannette Napier sum up Shabach Outreach Ministries in Huddersfield.
The church, based at Rawcliffe Yard, Shires Hill, The Triangle in Paddock, has a Pentecostal flavour and this month celebrates its eighth anniversary.
Pastor Napier said: “We are an international non-denominational charismatic church.
“We believe in praise and worship and we use music, there’s a lot of singing and we are always accompanied by a band.
“It’s very lively and people often stand up and get involved.
“The word Shabach means to shout and address in a loud tone, and it’s an exclamation to praise and glorify Jesus and to pacify anger.
“We start at 11 o’clock on Sundays with lively praise and worship followed by testimony and the preaching of the word.
“Then we have fellowship, a cup of tea and everyone gets to know each other.”
The Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Andrew Palfreeman, will help the celebrations planned for next week.
He will mark the Ministries’ eighth anniversary by attending their black tie banquet with Jamaican cuisine at The Hudawi Cultural Centre, Great Northern Street in Huddersfield on June 25.
It is followed by two days of their annual conference with leadership and business workshops and speakers.
Pastor Napier added: “We have been here for eight years so it’s a good time to celebrate.
“After the banquet over the weekend there will be various guest speakers from across the country coming to talk to us.
“We have a very mixed congregation of different nationalities, English, West Indian, African, we are very multi-cultural.”
The church, a registered charity, recognises its social as well as spiritual responsibilities.
He added: “It’s important to us that we offer services to the community, like counselling and a soup kitchen.
“There are also youth and children’s programmes and women’s projects, with summer and school activities.
“Our worship means we have to get involved in society and address the issues, this can mean having people go into schools to discuss behavioural problems. Also, if a parent is having a problem with their child we can accompany them to school.
“The church has an active role in the community, if there is a social problem with housing and benefits we can help. We believe that the social and the physical are both important, and we try to meet man in his spiritual, physical and his emotional needs, because that’s the example set down in the Word.”
Another service offered by the church is to keep young people occupied.
The pastor added: “With our youth club we try to get youngsters off the streets, we organise activities, take them swimming and bowling, to get them away from street corners and stop them doing the kind of things they shouldn’t be doing.
“We are different to some traditional forms of worship in that we are lively and energetic, there are some Hallelujahs and even some dancing so it’s really fun as well as spiritual.
“Anyone can just come along and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. You can participate as little or as much as you like.”
For tickets to the banquet you can contact Shabachoutreach@hotmail.com or ring Deaconess Jenny on 07923 231766 or Minister Susan on 07984 384509