Lucy Hardy, coordinator of Croydon Club Angels, writes:
Nine Club Angels excitedly met outside Tiger Tiger – Croydon last Thursday evening (25th April). We were ready for our first official night as Club Angels following our training session from the previous week. Wearing our new t-shirts saying, 'Chat, Help, Listen, Care ps we are Christians ask us more if you want' we were greeted warmly by the manager and taken through the club into the restaurant area where we started the evening with some team time and prayer.
Originally we had planned for all the Club Angels to be in the club the whole time walking around in pairs - but as the night was quieter we divided the group into half. Half the team then went into the club in pairs whilst the other half stayed in the restaurant area and prayed. Every half hour we met back, quickly feedback and swapped over.
It felt so great knowing that whilst you were walking around the club, your team mates in the restaurant area had your back in prayer!
We were praying lots for JOY! A joyful evening for both clubbers and staff and for God's joy to be really present in the club.
It was certainly a prayer answered as our team had lots of fun conversations with clubber and there was lots of banter as we asked people how their nights were going and engaged in conversations. Suddenly some of our team saw a group of people emerge together on the dance floor and a 'dance-off' between clubbers began! Door staff rush over to see what was going on but when they saw it was just a fun, friendly, dance-off there was no need to stop it. The guy working in the cloakroom said he had worked there for over 3yrs and had never seen this happen before!
As well as banter there were some meaningful conversations going on too. 'Who we were?' 'what we were doing?' 'why we were Christians?' And someone in our team had the chance to pray for a clubber.
It was such an awesome first night. I was so excited all evening that we were actually in Tiger Tiger as Club Angels! I'm really excited to see more of God's heart for this club, the clubbers and staff. We're going to be going in every other Thursday evening which is their student night.
Bring on next week!