Andrew from West Sydney met ‘Johnny’ at footy training about a year ago. Johnny had a court case coming up and Andrew asked if he could pray for it. This led to more spiritual conversations during and after training at the pub and Johnny shared how he sometimes visits his Mum’s spiritualist church. Andrew had already started a ‘footy boys church’ that met in the pub and so Johnny came along to this and loved it. After a couple of weeks of Johnny meeting in the pub to do simple church, he asked if he could host the same thing at his home so his friend, Billy could come and feel comfortable. And so the footy church multiplied into two groups, one that met in the pub, just for the footy boys and one that met in Johnny’s home for his friends from his neighbourhood. Billy loved church at Johnny’s house and he now joins in regularly.
On Easter Sunday, Johnny visited a simple church gathering in Andrew’s suburb of Mt Druitt and decided to spontaneously get water baptised in obedience to Jesus. It was a ‘true blue’ Aussie baptism in the back of a ute which was filled with water!
Andrew is learning from Johnny what the new Aussie church can look like: meeting at footy training, meeting in the pub for church and jumping into a ute to get baptised.