Thursday, 21 March 2019

Sowing in concrete

Sowing in Concrete was a morning hosted by St Anne's for our diocese focussing on ministry to local authority estates, of which we have many here in Bermondsey.

Our very own, Paul Warren, and Nicholas Lebey (from Thamesmead) both Church Army evangelists, shared stories from their ministry - in Paul's case about prayer visiting door to door on local estates, in Nick's case about the youth congregation that has wonderfully come into being at Thamesmead.

Will Cookson, Dean of Fresh Expressions from our own diocese, and Andy Delmege of the national estates network also spoke.

Andy spoke of the renewed level of interest in estates ministry right across the Church, with a lead being given by the archbishops and General Synod. He also told us about the Jesus Shaped People discipleship programme, which has been designed especially for estates ministry and is being used to great effect in many estate churches.

The day began with Ruth and Mandy leading us in singing 'How Great Thou Art' with the urban verse ('When through the streets and urban parks I wander, And hear the cars and lorries thunder by. When I look down from lofty tower block grandeur, and hear the people's many language cries') and this very encouraging and positive morning ended with a lunch provided by our friends at Bermondsey Community Kitchen, but not before we had watched their excellent promotional video for the interest of our guests, who warmly applauded this great community venture before tucking into their lunch:

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