A Year of Mission

A YEAR OF MISSION - PUBLIC EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES BY RIDING LIGHTS THEATRE GROUP AND PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE TOWN HALL

During our Year of Mission All Saints, Cox Green and St Luke’s churches will be working together with a focus on mission in our parishes. We will be taking some time to reflect on how we might share our faith with those around us — and then do it more effectively!  Bishop Andrew has very generously made some funding available to enable us to host a variety of activities and events during the course of the year with Mission in mind.

Our next event is on Saturday 1st December when John Bell of the Iona Community will be leading a day on 'Living and Praying the Psalms' at All Saints Church.  More details to follow nearer the time.


Looking back on our Year of Mission

The first big occasion in our Year of Mission was a visit by Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company from 18th—28th March.  During the course of their stay with us Riding Lights Roughshod led a range of activities and events in churches, schools and other venues.

Their visit started with a special service on Sunday 18th March at 6pm at St Luke’s Church when Riding Lights Roughshod will lead an introduction to the week of Mission.

The highlight took place on the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March.  The weekend started with a breakfast at Luke’s Church at 8.40am on Saturday 24th March. That evening there was a public performance (not to be missed) at St Luke’s Church followed the next morning by 'The People’s Passion', led by Roughshod in the Desborough Suite of The Town Hall.  

More info on Riding Lights / Roughshod.

 

On Saturday 30 June Steve Rouse of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC) led a day on living out our faith in daily life – at home, at work, in our community etc. 

‘Living Faith 24/7’

Steve Rouse will be with us from LICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) helping us to explore where God is at work in our everyday lives and how we can join in with all he’s doing there. 

Often the only thing we think God wants us to do in our everyday lives is evangelise, and for many of us we would prefer a trip to the dentist over doing that.  Steve will help us see that our workplaces, schools, neighbourhoods and clubs are places where God wants to make a difference through us in a whole host of ways, and to discover that the very work we do in those places intrinsically matters to God.

Steve spends much of his time with churches, church leaders and church networks in and around the London area who are keen to focus their faith communities on whole-life discipleship.  Steve spent the first ten years of his working life in the Building Trade, working as a Bricklayer. 
At the age of twenty-seven he followed God’s new call into Church Ministry and has spent the last twenty years involved with Balham Baptist Church.  Steve is married to Leisa and they have two children, Brianna who is studying Press & Editorial Photography at Falmouth University and Jackson who is finishing his A Levels before taking a gap year to pursue his love of music.  Steve enjoys playing squash, restoring furniture and riding his motorbike.