The West Side Fellowship started from a small group of Christians meeting together in March 2012 with the aim to reach out to those living on the West side of the river Severn in Worcester. Although these days we have members from both sides of the river as well as from the surrounding towns and villages, our main outreach area is still on the west side of the river.
We have a variety of meetings in different locations throughout the week with our main Sunday meetings being held at the Early Years Centre at the Lower Wick end of St Johns..
Simon and Liz Coward have the principal responsibility for the Pastoral oversight of West Side Fellowship. Simon and Liz have been involved in ministry for 30 years in more than 30 countries in a variety of roles working with a number of different denominations. Simon and Liz have been married for 33 years and have three children as well as being unofficial adopted parents to a number of others.
The last 20+ years have seen Simon focused mainly on preaching, teaching and evangelism in a number of places but particularly Poland, a country with which he has developed a special bond. A driving force for Simon's ministry has been Romans 12v1-2.
“ Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ”
Simon has a desire to see Christians listening clearly to the leading of the Holy Spirit and then acting in obedience. He has written a couple of books and has his own website at www.digitalchurch.co.uk.
In his secular career Simon started out as a mechanical engineer but went on to teach himself computer programming and ran his own business before going on to manage a software programming team.
Liz is very much a people person. She has been involved in many types of ministry from evangelism to church administration, and children's work to house groups. More recently she has lent her interpersonal skills to helping to develop the ladies fellowship within the church.