Strawberry Field

The Gideons International were recently privileged to be able to place Scriptures in the Prayer Space at The Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field centre in Liverpool. Originally the site of a children’s home, Strawberry Field has been owned and managed by The Salvation Army since the mid-1930s and it was a place where the young John Lennon, who lived nearby, would jump over the wall to enjoy the peace and sanctuary of the grounds – and company of the young people who lived there. The release of Strawberry Fields Forever prompted thousands of people from around the world to visit the site and its iconic red gates. Today, Strawberry Field plays host to a series of programmes aimed at those with learning difficulties or other barriers to employment.

Liverpudlian Gideon John Bordonero – himself a Beatles expert – presented 49 New Testaments and several full Bibles to Karen Carter, one of Strawberry Field’s Fresh Expression (spiritual wellbeing) team. The presentation basket was designed and provided by John’s wife Dawn.

Side note: The Beatles mentioned Gideon Bibles in their song ‘Rocky Raccoon’.