Safe & Sound: little and large

Safe & Sound 2015 was a case of little & large – little in the sense that we saw far less activity than we did in 2014; large in terms of the impact we were able to have on Town centre safety… Last week reps from Everyday Kingston (myself & Derek), the London Ambulance Service, Kingston’s Metropolitan Police team and Kingston First gathered to review Safe … Continue reading Safe & Sound: little and large

Back and forth: reflecting on God’s goodness in 2015 & our plans to make a difference with him in 2016

Unbelievably, the end of another year is upon us! As we head into Christmas services and the new year it’s a great opportunity for us to look back on what God has led us into in 2015 and where we’re headed in 2016… As you read you can click the titles to read back to some of these things as they happened – enjoy!SLEEPEASY What … Continue reading Back and forth: reflecting on God’s goodness in 2015 & our plans to make a difference with him in 2016

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

An unprecedented crisis – what can the church do?

With huge thanks to Natalie Williams & the team at Jubilee-Plus; if you want to attend the Jubilee-Plus conference ‘Churches that Change Communities‘ with Akhtar on Saturday 17th October in East Grinstead (note, the same day as the Men’s ministry day) please let him know – cut off date for the reduced rate tickets is 18th September…At this moment in time 1 in every 122 … Continue reading An unprecedented crisis – what can the church do?

Greece, the UK and the true cost of austerity

Let’s talk about money…    Aren’t we on the up and up? With the economy apparently  continuing its recovery, and with George Osbourne’s summer budget being lauded for grasping the nettle of welfare dependency in the UK and for ‘giving the nation a pay rise’, it’s tempting to think that austerity measures have more than proven their worth. But the critical situation that Greece now … Continue reading Greece, the UK and the true cost of austerity

All across the land… a gathering momentum

So in the past couple of weeks I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of sitting on a Jubilee+ team meeting, a Cinammon Network co-ordinated Community of Practice for the largest churches in the UK (!) and the London Network of Networks, a Christian group started by Matt Bird (Cinnamon Network), Steve Clifford (Evangelical Alliance) and others in the aftermath of the 2011 riots…All of these meetings … Continue reading All across the land… a gathering momentum

A budding partnership – Ambulance Cycle Response Team

Just a quick request for prayer – we’ve agreed that the London Ambulance Service’s Cycle Response team can keep a key for our Kingston Venue so that their team can use the building as a shelter in the evenings for their town centre shifts… We’ve developed a strong mutual respect for these men and women since pioneering Safe & Sound with them last December and … Continue reading A budding partnership – Ambulance Cycle Response Team

BLESSED: bless – part 2 – how the Church can make a difference….

So – you’re convinced that a living church needs to make a difference in the community it serves – where do you go with that idea, and what do you need? You’ll need a God-inspired vision and church strategy that prayerfully seeks to bring concern for the poor into the heart of church culture, working it through the dough like godly yeast! The lead pastor needs … Continue reading BLESSED: bless – part 2 – how the Church can make a difference….

Austerity & obedience – a prophetic picture & a wonderful challenge…

With the conservatives edging their way into government the UK is poised to undergo another £12 billion in welfare cuts, further widening the divide between rich and poor. If that sounds inflammatory or partisan it’s not meant to be! But there’s no escaping the fact that the UK’s economic recovery (such as it is) has come at a price and it’s a price that has … Continue reading Austerity & obedience – a prophetic picture & a wonderful challenge…

realising a vision: KCAT film night

On 10th March KCAT took another step towards it’s goal of eradicating human trafficking from Kingston and the other boroughs in London; at the showing of the film Whistleblower at Everyday Kingston and with Lewis Davis’ passionate call to action even more people signed up to this essential work. This was a significant night – last year Lewis delivered a brief training session to about … Continue reading realising a vision: KCAT film night