Operation 19:14 is a unique and innovative local mission outreach event that is held in Horsham since 2012. This is a joint churches event and is free for everyone!
The name of the event is inspired from Matthew 19 verse 14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
It is held annually at Sawyer Park next to the River and Horsham Soundshell. Over the years we have had entertainers such Sean W. Smith, Colin Buchanan, and Freestyle Dance ministry plus many more great Christian presenters. Activities including jumping castles, pony rides, Orb balls, climbing wall, face painting, multiple craft making activities, BBQ’s, food and showbags. Everything is free as all the churches raise money during each year. Each Church promotes this event as well as our local radio station and papers. Operation 1914 has its own Facebook page!
Last year it was cancelled because of COVID 19 but this year the Operation 1914 team decided to do something a little different. Put the event in a bag!
Operation 1914 would be a drive through event, pick up a show bag along with free coffee and donuts for every car. Our Holy Trinity ‘Connected’ youth group spent a night packing 500 bags, each containing chocolates, snacks, puzzles, toys, Christian literature and magazines from Vision Radio.
On Sunday 17th October one of our local churches provided ‘The Drive Through’. 500 free bags were distributed as well as 250 coffees and 750 donuts! Many happy little faces giggled with delight as they searched in their bags.
It is a privilege to be part of a united local church mission right here in Horsham. We look forward to meeting together in 2022 to share Jesus with our community again.
by Lay Worker Lynda Henstridge