For Christians, Easter is the most important time of the year – but the message of the festival can get lost in all the chatter about chocolate. That’s why a group of Baptists has come together with a plan to help churches to take the story out to their communities.
It’s the brainchild of the 123GO! Team – comprising former Baptist Union Presidents Chris Duffett and Yinka Oyekan, and RiverTree’s Suzie Abramian and Simon Goddard. It was originally launched in 2021 but plans for the first year were changed because of the pandemic. Covid regulations meant that the project began with a weekend of prayer-walking – which on reflection was the perfect way to start.
‘The idea of 123GO! is to go out and take the 1 gospel 2 everyone in your community over the 3 days of Easter,’ said Simon, a minister and former regional minister based in East Anglia, and who set up RiverTree in 2018 to ‘catalyse, cultivate and collaborate to enable fruitfulness in the mission of God’.
The 123GO! Handbook is available from Amazon for just £4.50, with a significant discount for multiple copies ordered direct from the www.123go.life website.
‘It’s obviously produced by Baptists,’ said Simon, ‘but it is aimed at Christians and churches and other organisations of all denominations – it’s really important that we encourage all followers of Jesus to share the good news in whatever way they can.’
Baptist Insurance which has helped to fund the 123GO! project, has given out over £2 million in grants over the past ten years to Baptist outreach.