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A P&E parish in the Diocese of Bristol is advertising for a new priest for Easton Christian Family Centre, located in a vibrant multi-cultural, multi-faith community a few miles east of the city centre.
Easton Christian Family Centre (ECFC) offers a Christian witness through worship and active involvement in organisations working in and around the centre.
They are seeking a priest to lead the church in the further development and... Read more
By Beth Green, in association with Fr. John Hawkins...
St John, Hendon, has an average Sunday attendance of around 50 people, representing around 12 different ethnic communities. Their heart is to work alongside their neighbours – sharing their concerns in the ‘ups and downs’ of real life. Fr. John Hawkins told me of some of their more deliberate efforts at interfaith, cross cultural engagement in this diverse context.
With 15,000 people in the parish,... Read more
By Beth Green in association with The Revd Christine Robinson...
Upon Christine's arrival at St. Anselm’s in 2010, the church building was a little tired and unloved. Indeed, as she tells me about this particular church, I get the sense that Christine and her family are serving an adventurous, Spirit filled and Spirit-led church. Leading a congregation of around 90 worshippers of all ages, Christine has learned to go into each service "... Read more
By Beth Green, in association with The Revd Matthew Fitter...
In this parish of 18,000 in North West Bromley, poverty largely ignores cultural, racial and religious lines. Across the board there is a high percentage of lone parents, those who receive benefits and a high population density. Matthew notes that there is a significant Afro-Caribbean community and a smaller Asian population. In terms of other faiths, Muslims represent the significant ‘other’ faith group,... Read more
By Beth Green, in association with The Revd Ali Taylor and The Revd Steve Taylor...
Since arriving at the church two and a half years ago, Ali and Steve have been spending their time encouraging their congregants (many of whom are of south Asian heritage) to bring their own cultural elements to worship, and exploring what it means to fully reflect the body of Christ. With 4 services, and 140 congregants, the church conducts 2 services to cater particularly to local... Read more
By Beth Green, in association with The Revd. Sonya Brown
Sometimes, just looking out of our window, or on our doorstep is a good forst step to being 'present and engaged.' The Revd Sonya Brown says the immediate surroundings of All Saints Church are reflective of the demographics and ‘feel’ of the area. The sites of worship for the Sikh and Muslim communities lie in close proximity; all on one road. Upon her arrival to the parish six months ago, the first to greet... Read more
By Beth Green, in association with The Revd Jonathan Evens
St. John the Evangelist sees around 70-100 attendees across 3 services each Sunday, while the building itself hosts a plethora of activities throughout the week. One challenge, Jonathan reflects, is bridging the gap between the Sunday attendees, and those who attend the many midweek community groups and activities hosted by the church.
‘Presence and Engagement’ here presents its own challenges, as the... Read more
By Beth Green, in association with Fr. Gregory Platten
All Saints is an Anglo-Catholic parish, serving a diverse part of North London, which has a prominent Jewish presence and more recently growing numbers of Muslims and Hindus. The church has been a longstanding witness to this changing parish, and in recent years the building has become very much a community hub, hosting many activities centred around the arts in particular.
With three religions worshipping... Read more
In a guest blog, Susan Cooper shares her experiences of the London Inter Faith Centre's latest course...
Described as a new one-day-a-month ecumenical course for lay people and clergy to help equip them for Inter Faith engagement in their own environment in and around London. The course has been arranged by Rev’d Maggie Hindley and the Rev’d Laurence Hillel at the London Interfaith Centre at St Andrew’s and St Anne’s Church, Brondesbury. This was an area that I knew over fifty years... Read more
In a guest blog, we hear from Revd Craig Barber, Lead Chaplain at London Met University on his experiences in ministry...
One of the great joys of University chaplaincy is the incredible diversity of activity that one finds oneself engaged in. The pressures upon students, staff and related stakeholders in the wider community arising from ongoing periods of change experienced by Higher and other sectors of Education create something of a maelstrom. Being at the centre of this is part... Read more