Safe & Sound 2015: “here I am, send me”

Last night’s whole church Pray for this City event was phenomenal – it was amazing to hear of Adrian’s fruitfulness in ministry over the last year and to pray for much more; brilliant to bring in new church members from all over the world (even Wales!!), and to pray for a future church family that is even more culturally and racially diverse; wonderful to bring Adam in as an Elder of Southfields; exciting to pray for those in the darkness of fear and violence, to hear of Yvonne’s miraculous work in Sierra Leone and to pray for ourselves to be Christians who make a difference to those around us… these prayer meetings have always been key church family times, but as we grow and diversify into more locations, they are only going to be more inspiring and more important as we seek to always be led by the Spirit of the Lord…A number of us were convicted as Zac (from Everyday Clapham, with a multi-venue band) led us to sing, “here I am, send me” (from Isaiah 6:8) over and over again… Our inclination is to sing that song and then sit back and wait for God to call us, but last night the message was clear – God has called us! This is an incredible time for anyone in Everyday Church to make a difference – it was so clear last night, with Adrian emphasising the openness people have to being invited to a Carol Service (I invited someone this morning and they were visibly happy to have been asked!!) and with Night Shelter, Christmas Lunch on Jesus and Safe & Sound coming up… please make sure you sign up for one of these amazing events!! If you find that Night Shelter & Christmas Lunch on Jesus are fully booked then come and join us for Safe & Sound (follow the link there for more info), we almost can’t have too many volunteers and you’d be hard pushed to find a safer, more exciting way to connect with people enjoying London nightlife!!

Safe & Sound will run from 9:30pm to 5am on the following nights:

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December
Friday 11th & Saturday 12th December
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th December 
Thursday 31st December (New Year’s Eve)

It’s worth saying that while it’s great to have people sign up to help with just the first few hours (often to midnight), you’ll miss the biggest influx of guests as the majority tend to come in after midnight. If you can’t make the whole night, don’t worry – your help for the first few hours will be greatly appreciated as well.

Although Safe & Sound is rightly held up as an amazing collaborative event (with investment and involvement from the MET, the London Ambulance Service, Kingston First, the Samaritans and Kingston churches) it is at heart very simple. While the London Ambulance crew (now our good friends) run a pop up A&E in the back hall we open the auditorium to anyone who wants to join us for some peace and conversation – we’ll welcome the homeless, the destitute, the drunk and the revellers and we’ll play pool, table tennis, xbox while we wait for the sun to rise. As someone who has been a keen evangelist since my first commitment I can tell you that there is almost no easier context in which to speak to strangers about God and faith than Safe & Sound. Whoever you are, mail us and join us for just one night – you’ll be glad you did!

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’
Isaiah 6:8 

Akhtar Shah

Leadership, Social Action, Evangelism.