Busoasis No 1!! (yellow) came into being after Rev Paul Welch had returned from sabbatical looking into how sport and leisure can be used as vehicles for mission and also a decision had been made to cease worship at Southowram Methodist Church near Halifax.
It was decided by the Church Council to use the money from the sale of the building to develop community and youth work, throughout Calderdale and in Southowram itself.
Rev. Paul then had the idea that the best way to do this for our Circuit was through buying a bus, so that the Church could go to where people were. A business plan was put together and put forward at the March 2012 Circuit Meeting where approval was given for this new form of outreach. From then on, visits were made to see view buses that were for sale.
After a number of viewings, a bus was found for sale that was already kitted out to the specification we were looking for. We negotiated with the sellers, a Children's centre near Hitchin, who were selling their bus as their funding had been cut.
Mr Martyn Hearson (a friend of the Minister) who lives in Stoke serviced the bus and then delivered it to Halifax. The storage space was initially donated by a local school, however Calderdale Council have kindly taken over responsibility for this.
All renovations were carried out by local tradesman and friends of the Church.
Busoasis No 2!! Our new red white and blue one
We have been richly blessed by God by being gifted a bus from South Lakes Youth For Christ (SLYFC). Praise God! The SLYFC bus has fulfilled its ministry up in the Lakes. Under God's guidance, they wanted to bless someone else with their amazing bus, currently called 'The Light Bus Experience' which is equipped to a very high spec!
United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) conducted an interview with Tim and other trustees of SLYFC recently, whereby, they invited charities to put forward a letter of intent for use to secure their bus in the next phase of its ministry. Our project, Busoasis, was successful in its application out of many other proposals. As you can imagine we are delighted, amazed and humbled. It is great affirmation from God of the work that we are doing alongside churches and many partners, including Calderdale Youth for Christ, West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Council. The bus will be an amazing resource for the circuit, and the people of Calderdale and we pray that God will continue to guide us in our continuing ministry.
Busoasis Number 2
Following a similar process, we have gifted our yellow bus onto a Churches Together project in Rothwell who are just starting out in their bus ministry.