Supporting Church Leaders in their Ministry
It is well known that many church ministers leave their calling due to the pressure of work; “burnout” is too common, rest and relaxation too infrequent. Here at 6:31 Refreshment Ministries we provide accessible breaks in a lovely situation for your minister and his wife (and children).
The facilities provide the peace and quiet necessary. The hosts of 6:31 provide a warm welcome and try to make the time spent here as relaxing and refreshing as possible. No cooking, no driving, no responsibilities, no pressure, no expectations, no requirements! Just eat and sleep if you need that kind of break. Costs are deliberately kept to a minimum as the running expenses of 6:31 are provided by the wider Christian church and community.
About 6:31 Refreshment Ministries
6:31 Refreshment Ministries seeks to serve the Lord Jesus by ministering to His ministers. The words of our Lord to the disciples show the necessity of rest from the busyness of ministry. It was necessary then and continues to be necessary now. Training and establishing new ministers is of limited value if we don’t take care of them when they are serving the church, serving their Lord. A haven of peace and quiet will allow your minister to re-engage with the Lord Jesus, rest from the hustle of life and return to you refreshed.
You can visit them at sixthirtyone.org
Founders – Ray and Lynn
They are a married couple with four children all of whom know the Lord as their personal Saviour, walking with Him in service as He leads and enables. Their two girls are both married and they, and their husbands, worship at Amyand Park Chapel in Twickenham. Their oldest son works for the Open Air Mission as an evangelist and street preacher, he is engaged to be married in October 2016. Their youngest son is completing his sixth form education and hopes to study Law after sixth form.
Ray has a range of life experiences and pastoral service. As a young man he was wonderfully saved while serving as a Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy. A previously dissolute life-style was transformed and had a profound effect on his colleagues. A number of whom were converted as a result of seeing the power and ability of God to transform broken lives.
When Ray left the Merchant Navy he served as a police officer for thirteen years in a variety of locations to gain as much experience as possible. It was while serving as an instructor at a Police Training College that he first preached at his local church and was then subsequently used in ministry on an increasingly regular basis.
Lynn comes from a Christian background and is blessed with a wider believing family. Secular work experience has usually been in the retail trade but also includes a period working as an accounts clerk for an industrial firm. For the majority of her married life Lynn has been the homemaker caring for the children and providing a loving home for the family.
Along with a number of like-minded people they were instrumental in establishing Weymouth Independent Evangelical Church. This was a new church plant without any support from a “mother church” which continues to serve their local area today. While serving at Weymouth Ray was called into full-time Christian work becoming the first pastor of the church having attended Bible college to be better equipped for ministry.
Moving to Liverpool in 2003 to assume pastoral charge of Calvary Baptist Church Ray and Lynn served there for thirteen years. While there Ray initiated and ran Merseyside Bible College where a number of students from various churches received a grounding in theological and practical matters pertaining to service in the church. A number of those students have gone on to assume roles in churches as elders and deacons.