Bob

Sep 6, 2019

(Originally posted on 29th April 2019)

‘That’s what you believe, I’ve got my own beliefs.’ That’s what Bob used to say to anyone who asked. He attended Beechwood Chapel for years, loving the community it offered, the love and care of it’s faithful members. Tim met Bob when he started working at the chapel in 2011. They really clicked and had a mutual love for one another, despite the 50 odd years between them. 

Tim started going over to Bob’s house to watch telly with him, Deal or No Deal being the programme of choice. Gradually this changed into a Bible study and they read about Jesus’ life together. It’s through this and the continual witness and challenge from the church family that Bob finally gave his life to Christ. ‘I’ve prayed the prayer! I’m part of God’s family now.’ That was Bob’s simple and powerful testimony, forgiveness offered because of Jesus. Bob took every opportunity to share that with people around, often heckling visiting preachers at the Chapel to make sure they knew what God had done for him. 

Bob always said that it was through reading the Bible with Tim and others that he not only learnt about Jesus but he learnt to read too! With very little in the way of education, Bob had been a hard working bin man for years before becoming a loving carer for a family member before they passed away. When Tim decided to start up some training sessions at the chapel on how to dig deeper into the Bible he invited Bob to come along. Tim felt passionate about training people from all backgrounds to get into the wonderful truths in God’s word. Bob loved it.

Training in a church context isn’t just for academics, intellectuals or young people. It’s for the uneducated, the bin men, the Bobs of our communities. God used Tim and the training he received to pass this on to others. I hope the fund will go on to see many more ‘Bobs’ trained up in our churches, and that God will use this training to develop in many, passion for the gospel. 

In memory of Bob, a lovely brother in the Lord. 

You may also like…..

Film Night

Film Night

written by Eddie Bridle Eddie is the Trainee Minister at St John's Church in Winsford. He is also a recipient of a grant from the Tim Peters Training Fund. Here Eddie reflects on a Family Film Night that the church recently hosted. Over the last few years, I’ve become...

A year as a ministry trainee in Manchester

A year as a ministry trainee in Manchester

written by Rhea Jackson Rhea is a Ministry Trainee at St Clement's in Manchester. We gave her a grant towards her year and here she shares some thoughts on how her year has gone.    At the start of Jesus’ ministry, we see him perform an incredible miracle as...

The joys and challenges of youth work

The joys and challenges of youth work

Written by Marco Hipwell Marco Hipwell from Aigburth Community Church, Liverpool, is one of the funding recipients from the Tim Peters Training Fund, and here tells us something of his story.     “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,...

Blessed Inefficiency

Blessed Inefficiency

Written by Matt Waldock Matt is a trustee of the Tim Peters Training Fund, and pastor at City Church Manchester.     In secular leadership circles the holy grail of self-development is the attainment of “a highly productive life”. Productivity in this world...

Update from the Trustees

Update from the Trustees

After a long gap we are reviving the blog! We want to update you on what’s been happening with the Tim Peters Training Fund. In the last 18 months there has been nearly £20,000 in grants made to men and women in the North West. The people who have benefited have been...

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

(originally posted on 16th July 2019) Last month we met again to discuss the progress on Tim’s fund. As a small group of family, friends, former mentors of Tim it was an exciting time together. We were amazed to see the generosity of so many and prayed that God would...

The value of training | Guest Blog

The value of training | Guest Blog

(originally posted on 20th May 2019) “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15) In our generation of ageing congregations and frequent church closures...

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

(originally posted on 15th January 2019) The idea for the fund came about in the year following Tim’s passing, back in December 2015. One of Tim’s fellow elders at Beechwood Chapel realised that there was potential to leave a lasting legacy of one of Tim’s greatest...