London City Mission Annual Review 2012
SHARING JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL LONDON
LONDON CITY MISSION
London City Mission exists to share with the people of London patiently, sensitively and individually the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ and to enable them to join his Church. I n t r o d u c t i o n f r o m the Cha i r m a n
Charles Spurgeon once said, ‘Thank God for all faithful preaching in churches and chapels, but the multitudes are outside.’ While church attendance in London has grown significantly over the last ten years – over 720,000 attend on a typical Sunday - the vast majority of people in London do not go to church. London City Mission has been going to the multitudes outside the church since it began in 1835. In the 178 years since then, 14 men have led the Mission and over 2,500 missionaries have served the city. In that time, London has become a leading financial, cultural and media city - and the Mission has remained steadfast in its commitment to share the gospel message with the people of London. In 2012, our missionaries continued the patient, unglamorous work of creating and developing relationships with people, for Jesus’ sake. Whether they were hosting a community drop-in session or going door to door, running a food bank or a youth club,
sitting alongside someone in a hospital or a hostel, our mission team made the most of opportunities to show the love of God in words and actions. There were some particular highlights for us in 2012: we launched Hope Community Homes, a supported tenancy project for rough sleepers; over 30 of our missionaries served as Games Pastors at the Olympic and Paralympic Games; we ran three Practical Evangelism Courses to help equip the wider church to share the gospel with people in their own communities. We did all of these things – and the other projects that you will read about in this report – so that more people will come to know our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In 2012, Rev Dr John Nicholls retired as Chief Executive after serving the Mission for 20 years. We thank God for John’s leadership which helped the Mission to refocus and meet the needs of 21st-century London. We look forward to the gifts and experience that our new Chief Executive, Graham Miller, will bring as we work to reach even more people with the gospel. On behalf of the Board of London City Mission, may I thank our staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment to gospel ministry. I would also like to thank you, our supporters, for joining us in the mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the lost.
LON D ON CI T Y MISSION London City Mission was founded by David Nasmith in 1835 to employ lay Christians as agents ‘to go to people in London and its vicinity, especially the poor, without any reference to denominational distinctions, in order to make them acquainted with the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and to do them good by any means in the agents’ power.’ Today, our ministry is focused around five core areas. We serve people: • • • • •
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We create and develop relationships with people from all backgrounds. We are especially committed to those living in poverty and hardship. We show God’s love in practical ways and make the most of opportunities to share the gospel message. We work in partnership with churches, where we can, to ensure that individuals who make a commitment to follow Christ are embraced by a loving church family. Our work includes cafe ministry, youth work, supporting rough sleepers, visiting people in hospitals and care homes, and chaplaincy on London’s transport network.
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I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10b LCM 03
We shared Jesus with people where they live
All of the activities at our Christian centres, local churches and cafes play a key role in enabling our missionaries to meet people who would not normally walk into a church. Each activity presents a precious opportunity for our staff to share Jesus in words and actions. Initial conversations have led to hundreds of opportunities to pray with people, share personal testimonies and lead one-to-one Bible studies.
D o o r - t o - d o o r m i n i st ry Missionaries with London City Mission have been going ‘door to door’ since the Mission began in 1835. The simple practice of knocking on the same doors in an area has proved an effective way for missionaries to get to know people and share the gospel, particularly when it is done regularly and used alongside other outreach activities. Staff based at Christian centres and those ‘attached’ to local churches are involved in door-to-door ministry.
Ac t i vi t ie s in Chr istian ce ntre s London City Mission has seven Christian centres in the heart of communities across the city. Here, our missionaries, support workers and volunteers host a range of activities that are relevant to people living in each area. These include mother-and-toddler groups, children and youth clubs, community drop-in sessions, music classes, food banks and courses that introduce people to Christianity. Ac t i vi t ie s in l o c a l c hurche s Twelve missionaries are ‘attached’ to local churches or church plants. Their mission is to motivate and train congregations to reach out to their communities. Our missionaries organise community activities with people from the local churches. These include visiting people in sheltered housing, running youth clubs and assisting at homeless dropin centres. (See page 13 for more about our church-attached ministry.) LCM 04
we reached out to thousands of people through our community work:
• We v i s i t ed over 17, 000 homes at le ast twice • We gav e out over 8, 900 pieces of C hri s tian l it erat ure and Bibl es • ov e r 9 00 peopl e at t ended an a cti v i ty or event at our centres • 2 5 0 pe opl e accessed food from our f oo d bank in Dagenham • 1 ,9 0 0 peopl e visit ed one of our com m unity cafes every week 5 2 p e op le are i n act i ve di sci pleshi p or curre nt ly at t endi ng church.
Cafe ministry Some people may never visit a Christian centre or open the door to one of our missionaries, but they may pop into a cafe for a cup of tea or a sandwich. Our three cafes – Departure in Limehouse, Café Eterno in Covent Garden and Café Forever in the Isle of Dogs – have more than food and drink on the menu. Visitors can talk about life and faith with our staff, or ask for prayer. At Departure, people can also take part in a range of activities including English classes, art and sewing classes, film nights and book clubs. As a result, people from many different backgrounds visit the cafe and are in contact with Christian staff. These include Bengalis (33% of the people in Tower Hamlets are from Bangladesh), artists, traditional East Enders and students.
‘I meet a lot of men who are anxious, depressed and unemployed through door-to-door ministry in Battersea,’ says missionary Martin Street. ‘Many of them don’t have friends. Mental illness is also a huge issue. I don’t think I would have met these men otherwise as they don’t go out very much. Through door-to-door ministry I’m in regular contact with them and, in some cases, leading Bible studies with them.’
‘No-one does door-to-door ministry without a bit of trepidation,’ says missionary Andrew Gordon. ‘I have encountered a lot of indifference and suspicion. However, I have also seen loneliness and brokenness. These people have often welcomed me in and have been willing to share.’ ‘A number of the people I meet have had no formal contact with church. Some have come to events or invited me to do a Bible study with them. One family that I met through door-todoor ministry now attend the church. A man I met at outside a local off-licence welcomed me into his home and I met lots of people from the estate through him. I have been able to share the gospel with them many times. We need a lot of patience for this ministry, but it gives us an opportunity to build relationships through the sowing of gospel seed.’
S har i n g Jes u s in Va u xhal l There has been a Christian centre in the heart of a housing estate in Vauxhall for over 50 years. Many of the people who live on the estate have complex social needs, such as poverty and unemployment, but they identify the centre as a place where they can get help. In 1997, when a gas boiler exploded in a 28-storey tower block, residents took shelter there. The centre was also used as an overnight refuge and police base when a gunman held up a shop nearby. As our missionaries walk around the local estate, many people stop to chat with them. This is the result of years of visiting people in their homes and hosting activities for them at the centre. Our missionaries are trusted, and this has given them many opportunities to present the gospel to people on the estate. Nancy* was one of those people. Our missionary Constance Mirembe met Nancy over ten years ago. In 2011, Nancy enrolled her two sons in music classes at the centre. (Two teachers give free guitar and piano lessons to children on the estate.) While Nancy waited for her sons, she chatted with Constance about her life and began to ask questions about the Bible. Constance suggested that they read the Bible together to seek answers. They had been reading the Bible together for over a year when Constance noticed positive changes in Nancy’s attitude and behaviour. Constance asked her about this and Nancy said she had decided to follow Jesus. The two women still meet regularly to read the Bible together and Nancy’s two sons attend the children’s club at the centre every week. *Name has been changed.
We came alongside the elderly, sick and bereaved
We shared Jesus with people where they work
Most people spend at least one third of their waking hours at work. So, where we can’t reach people in community, our chaplains go to them where they work. Fifteen workplace chaplains provide pastoral and personal support to the police, ambulance workers, train and tube staff, taxi and bus drivers, post office workers, seafarers and people who work in the theatre and arts industry. Our chaplains lead people in one-to-one Bible studies, take part in Christian Union sessions and are available to discuss spiritual matters with staff. They are also on hand to support workers who are affected by incidents such as fatalities on the track. The loss of life has a devastating impact on the family and friends of those left behind. But it also affects those who witness the suicide. Our chaplains often support railway staff who witness these incidents, offering a listening ear, and prayer if requested. Our chaplains also help people dealing with personal issues. Martin Lawrence, one of our railway chaplains, says this is a major focus of his ministry. ‘I am currently supporting Edward* and Bill* through bereavement as their wives passed away recently. Both of them were married for over 40 years, and this is an extremely painful time for them. I have known Edward for nearly five years and we have developed a good friendship. I was able to support him through his wife’s terminal illness and attended her funeral.’
we met with staff in over 2,100 depots & offices as part of our chaplaincy.
• We v i s i t ed over 230 peopl e at hom e or in hospita l • We gav e past oral care t o 6 4 0 pe opl e • We s ha red t he gospel message w i th over 1, 800 peopl e • We di s tribut ed over 7 ,4 0 0 cal endars, whi ch incl udes quotations f rom the Bibl e • We m e t wit h staff on 899 ships 11 people are now attending church as a result of this ministry. LCM 06
Through their work, our chaplains have many opportunities to show God’s love to people going through difficult times, as well as to discuss issues related to life and faith. *Names have been changed.
‘When I first met you I thought what do we need a chaplain for? I now know why – I am at a loss. My best mate has just died in my arms, this Christmas, leaving a poor wife and kids. How can I cope? I am desperate to talk to someone.’ Comment to a London City Mission railway chaplain
Four of our workers serve as full-time chaplains. Alongside the rest of our team, they serve 25 of the city’s hospitals. In their work, they meet thousands of people who are often in physical or emotional pain. They support individuals who are terminally ill and their families, elderly people in care homes, and many others. As they come alongside people, they offer a listening ear, words of encouragement and prayer, if requested. Juan Vazquez is serving as a chaplain at a hospital in south-east London. He is on hand to support all patients, but works closely with people who are terminally ill. In his work, he often supports children after the death of a parent and couples after a miscarriage. These are challenging situations, but ones where Juan, through his words and presence, is able to share the compassion and care of God. Our chaplains spend a lot of time with the families of the patients that they visit, often listening as they share their concerns and praying with them on request. They are also available to help staff with personal and spiritual issues.
we offered support In 2012 to over 13,900 people in hospitals, care homes and in community. • W e v i s i te d o v e r 1 ,0 0 0 p e o p le e a c h m o n th • W e s u p p o r te d 6 3 b e r e av e d fa m i li e s • W e d i s tr i b u te d 2 7 0 B i b le s an d p i e c e s o f Ch r i st i a n li t e r at u r e
‘Recently, I met a man suffering from multiple injuries after an accident. He was depressed and starting to think that death was the only way out. He was a rich man, in monetary terms, but in hospital he came to see that there was more to life than money. He wanted to hear about the God that I believed in and how the Christian faith worked in practice. I was able to share my testimony and experiences of how God had helped me through difficult times. I met him several times before he was transferred to another hospital, and I’m thankful for the times that I had to share the message of God’s love with him.’ Angel Tiebas, hospital chaplain LCM 07
We reached out to people who are often forgotten by society
A central part of the Mission’s work is to reach out to people who may be deemed insignificant or worthless by society. Jesus prioritised spending time with people who others looked down upon, and we are committed to doing the same. As a result we have missionaries serving rough sleepers, Travellers and Gypsies, people in prison and those involved in the sex industry. more than our guests’ physical needs: they are also on hand to listen to and talk with visitors to the centre and offer prayer. Each day at Webber Street begins with a talk from the Bible. Through Hope Community Homes, our supported tenancy project, three men received practical support and pastoral care to help them leave the streets permanently. The street population in Camden is estimated to be 500 people. Our missionaries are in regular contact with 200 of them. They support homeless people at three drop-in centres, some of whom are suffering from mental illness or addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our staff are on hand to listen to and talk with these individuals, showing them that God cares for them. They also make the most of opportunities to share the gospel message and pray with them. In 2012
Se r vi n g r o u g h s l e e p ers London City Mission has been reaching out to homeless people throughout its history, and in 2012 we continued this vital ministry. Through work at our Webber Street day centre and with the street community in Camden, a team of 26 staff and volunteers supported scores of the city’s rough sleepers. LCM 08
At Webber Street, our staff and volunteers serve around 70 rough sleepers each day. Guests to the centre can have a hot breakfast, take a shower and receive a change of clothes. They also have access to medical support, employment advice, and drug and alcohol support. But our staff are interested in much
we offered practical, emotional & spiritual help to over 100 rough sleepers every week.
• We provided t ransit iona l housing and personal s u p p o r t for t hree rough sl eep e r s , hel ping th em to seek w o r k a n d move towards independ e n t li v i n g with in a community • We served over 13, 900 breakfast s t o homel es s p e o p le at Webber St reet • 248 homel ess peopl e atte n d e d a Bibl e st udy • We had over 600 gospel conversations with homel ess peopl e • We visit ed over 350 peo p le li v i n g in temporary hostel s a n d 6 6 peopl e in hospita l
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R e a c h i n g p e o p le i n p r i s o n People waiting for trial or convicted of crimes may not be visible to the public, but God sees them and wants them to know of his love. Two of our workers go behind the walls at Holloway Prison and Brixton Prison, taking the gospel with them.
L o v i n g G y p s i e s a n d Tr av e lle r s Missionary Paul Winter has been visiting hundreds of Gypsies and Irish Travellers for over 20 years. In some cases he has visited three generations of the same family.
Lucy Merino and Rob Hooks lead Bible studies and services for inmates. They also offer one-to-one support and prayer. In addition to this, Lucy leads a music group using Christian music and Rob helps to run resettlement courses for inmates.
He makes regular visits to Travellers’ sites, offering practical assistance (eg helping people to fill out forms for birth certificates and passports), emotional and spiritual support. Many of the people Paul visits are from tight-knit communities, and it has taken many years for him to be accepted. But Paul’s visits put hundreds of people in regular contact with a born-again Christian, and he is able to share Bible verses with them and pray for them.
we gave significant support to over 200 people in prison.
• W e v i s i te d o v e r 2 2 0 p e o p le r e g u la r ly i n p r i s o n • W e g av e o u t o v e r 4 0 0 B i b le s i n H o llo way a n d B r i x to n P r i s o n s • O v e r 1 5 i n m ate s m a d e a d e c i s i o n to d r aw c lo s e r t o G o d • O v e r 1 0 0 i n m ate s to o k p a r t i n r e g u la r B i b le s tu d i e s
we gave practical support and pastoral care to over 400 Travellers and Gypsies
• W e v i s i te d e i g h t T r av e lle r s ’ si t e s ( o v e r t e n t i m e s e a c h ) • Tw o p e o p le a r e n o w atte n d i n g A c h u r c h
Car i n g fo r p eo p l e in vo lved i n the s ex in d u st ry A number of factors can lead an individual to engage in prostitution: some women get involved to fund a drug habit; others are forced into the industry. But whatever the reason, these people also need to experience the love of God and hear the gospel message. Three of our missionaries involved in street ministry in Camden are in regular contact with women who have engaged in prostitution at some stage. These women make up about one third of the people that the team work with. Our missionaries provide practical help, such as food supplies, and also make a special effort to remember the women’s birthdays. They support the women emotionally, visiting people in their hostels and, at times, in hospital. As always, our workers are concerned for the women’s spiritual well-being, and often share Bible passages and pray with those who are open to this. Deaths of people involved in the sex industry rarely feature in the news, but many of them die alone, and sometimes estranged from their families, every year. Our missionaries play a key role in supporting the friends of individuals who have died, and provide a vital contact for the police and bereaved families. LCM 09
London City Mission
SHARING JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL LONDON
We engaged with people who have settled in the city
Harish Patel has a book table in west London and he regularly hands out Christian literature and Bibles. This has led to hundreds of conversations about life and faith with people in search of the truth. Some of these discussions have led to people believing in Jesus. ‘We first came in contact with Mr Singh at a book table,’ says Harish. ‘The following Sunday he was in church “enquiring what kind of people we were”. Over the months we made a strong friendship with him, and he had many spiritual interactions with us. We saw how the Lord Jesus spoke clearly to him. He professed faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord, and was baptised. This was a witness to the wider family, some of whom professed faith and were baptised. Mr Singh went to be with the Lord, but his family are very much part of the Lord’s church and family, and join in the witness of Jesus to their siblings and community.’ we reached out to over In 2012 7,000 people from ethnic minority backgrounds
With 37% of London’s population born outside the UK, and over 300 languages spoken in the city, London is one of the most diverse places in the world. The ethnic mix of the city gives us a unique opportunity to reach people from hundreds of different countries.
as ‘Atonement’ and ‘Jesus’ crucifixion’ are explored. Most Muslims, for example, have not heard the Bible’s teachings explained by Christians, so these discussions provide a rare opportunity for Muslims to hear the reasons why Christians believe what they do and to clarify misunderstandings.
Six of our workers are involved in specialised ministries to immigrant and ethnic minorities, which include people from Chinese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Turkish and Arabic communities. They engage individuals through activities such as book tables, social events and English classes.
The programmes organised by our workers provide multiple opportunities for people of different faiths and ethnicities to get to know born-again Christians and their love for each other. This is a powerful witness to these groups, as most of them don’t know many Christians.
The activities often stimulate spiritual discussions and give our workers the chance to talk about their belief in Jesus Christ. Imtiaz Khan hosts discussion sessions for Muslims and Christians, where topics such
The initial contacts through the activities often lead to deeper discussions about life and faith, and sometimes people make the decision to become Christians, often at the risk of being ostracised by family and friends.
• We had over 3, 200 s piritual conversations • We dist ribut ed 675 Bib le s and l eafl et s wit h Bibl e p a s s a g e s • We gave pract ical suppo r t to over 1, 000 peopl e 50 people are in active discipleship or attending church. London’s cultural diversity means that most of our missionaries, whatever their particular ministry, meet people who have settled in the city. A number of these individuals have come from countries that are closed to the gospel. ‘There are lots of Somalians in Kilburn’, says missionary Andrew Gordon. ‘They make up as much as 10% of the population on the estate. Somalia is closed to the gospel, but here we have an opportunity to share the gospel with people who wouldn’t have heard it at home.’
We supported the church
The Mission is committed to adding people to the body of Christ. Our missionaries always seek to build links with local churches and work with them as much as possible. When people become Christians through our work, our missionaries actively encourage them to attend a Bible-believing church that will help them in their spiritual growth. Our church-attached missionaries assist congregations in reaching out to people in their own communities by helping to coordinate outreach activities and enthuse the church about outreach. There is always an exit strategy, with the aim being to leave behind a congregation that is actively engaged in reaching their community with the gospel.
Good News in Harrow Missionary Emmanuel Gill supports the Good News Church in Harrow in reaching out to its local community. At Easter, he helped the church to organise a fun day which attracted over 200 people from the local area. He also introduced monthly ‘family nights’ where the church welcomes people from the nearby estates and families linked to the children’s and youth clubs. There is food, games and a Bible talk. Fifteen families attend each month. Emmanuel also helped the church to start a reading club for children.
We worked in schools The Mission has been doing schools work since its early years. In 1840, five years after the Mission was founded, missionaries had set up five Ragged Schools for over 550 children. These schools helped to provide an education and practical help to some of the poorest children in the neighbourhoods.
For some children, the lunchtime clubs and special events are their only exposure to Bible stories. As more and more children come from ‘unchurched’ homes, our schools work programmes is providing a vital way for children to learn what Christians believe about the Bible and God.
The introduction of the Education Act of 1870 provided education for all children, regardless of income, and Ragged Schools were no longer needed. However, the Mission continued to do children’s work at its centres.
Today, three of our workers also work alongside schools in the boroughs of Merton and Southwark. They devise and put on special events teaching the history and background of biblical times, as well as explaining the basic beliefs of Christianity. They also host lunchtime clubs, where children hear stories from the Bible and take part in related craft activities. Hundreds of children and schoolteachers attend the events and clubs.
w e pr o vi d ed C h r i st i an ed u c at i o n i n 11 sc h o o l s
• W e r an o ver 12 l u n c h c l u b s, r e a c h in g o ver 240 c h il d r en • W e d ist r ib u t ed o ver 300 B i b les an d b ib l ic al l it er at u r e, o n r eq u est • W e le d 264 assem b l ies, r eac h in g o v e r 5, 000 c h il d r en an d t eac h er s • W e h o st ed n ear ly 900 c h il d r en a n d 9 7 staff at o u r S c h o o l s Resource Centre where they took p a r t in sp ec ial t eac h in g even t s, such as New Testament Bible Times.
Emmanuel does door-to-door ministry, and this has helped him to meet new people and deepen his relationship with individuals who attend activities at the church. ‘Doorto-door ministry can be slow because you are going back to the same houses,’ said Emmanuel. ‘But it helps to build trust. I asked a woman that I had met on the doors to help me paint a banner for the fun day, and a man to help me put up the bouncy castle. They don’t attend the church, but this helped them to feel like they were part of the church community. For some people belonging comes first and then believing.’ LCM 13
H o w y o u r m o n e y was s p e n t ( £ 0 0 0 )
We are grateful to God and to you for your support in 2012. We spent £5.5 million on all of our activities. Funding was provided through donations, legacies, investments and rented properties. Our income was a total of £4.6 million. The shortfall was covered by the gains on sales of property. Thank you for your gifts – we deeply value your partnership in sharing the life-changing gospel with the people of London.
Ac c o m m o dat io n fo r r et ir ed sta ff £219 (4%) Ma n a g em en t o f r en t ed p r o p er t y £183 (3%) G o ver n a n c e £166 (3%) C o m m u n i c at i o n w i th s u p p o r t e r s £598 (11%)
H o l iday h o m es fo r c u r r en t a n d r et ir ed sta ff £105 (2%)
Wh e r e o u r mo n e y c a me f rom ( £ 0 0 0 )
Investment Income £296 (5%) M i n i st ry a c t i v i t i e s £ 4 ,2 3 6 ( 7 7 % )
Other £251 (4%)
I n c o me from r e n t e d p r o pe rti e s £ 8 7 7 (1 4% )
Donations £2, 050 (33%)
To ta l: £ 5 .5 m i lli o n This is an extract from the full set of financial statements of the London City Mission comprising the Directors’ Report and Accounts which were approved on 15 April 2013. The summarised financial statements may not contain sufficient information to allow a full understanding of the financial affairs of London City Mission. For further information the Annual Report and Accounts should be consulted. A copy of this document is available at www.lcm.org.uk or on request from London City Mission, 175 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2AH.
Legacies £ 1 , 1 3 1 (18 % )
Net gain on sales of assets* £1,620 (26%)
To ta l: £ 6 . 2 mil l io n *Property assets were strengthened by the receipt of three apartments on the site of the former Lewisham Christian Centre with a market valuation of £820,000. This is part of a commercial contract with Lewisham Council; in return for giving the existing centre to the council London City Mission is to receive three apartments and a new-build Christian centre. LCM 14
LOOKING AHEAD trained at Cornhill and Oak Hill. He has extensive experience of leadership in a variety of business and charity settings in the UK, Europe and East Asia. He led international student ministry at Dundonald Church, Wimbledon, before moving to work in business and serve as team leader for Crosslinks in East Asia. Graham is married to Alison and they have three children.
over 110 s ta ff In 2012 were i nv o lv e d in reachi n g o u t to people t hrough Lo n d o n Ci t y Mi ssi on. Th is in clu d e s 72 f ull -t i me mi s s io n a r ie s . On average, each missionary will have regular contact with 2,000 individuals three times a year – that’s thousands of opportunities to share Jesus with people in need.
In April 2013, our Board appointed Graham Miller as the new Chief Executive of London City Mission. Graham is a qualified management accountant, and theologically
Graham will be the 15th person to lead London City Mission. He follows Revd. Dr John Nicholls who served the Mission for 20 years, first as Training Director and then Chief Executive. Graham will take up his position on 1 October. Please join us in praying for Graham and his family as he leads London City Mission.
Graham’s training and background in business and organisational leadership will help him as he leads the Mission, but our Board were most impressed by his passionate commitment to the gospel. LCM 15
Key achievements in 2012
We thank God for his faithfulness and for giving us the strength and wisdom to share Jesus with London. We also thank God for you and everyone who supported us with their gifts, in their prayers and with their time.
P r a c t i c a l E va n g el is m C o u r s e fo r Chu r c h es In 2012, we launched our first Practical Evangelism Course for church leaders, evangelists and others who have a desire to reach people with the gospel. This is part of the Mission’s strategy to help equip congregations to reach people in their local areas. We ran three courses last year: Reaching Your Local Community, CrossCultural Evangelism and Empowering Your Church for Mission. 150 people from a range of church denominations took part in the training.
Hope Community Homes In April 2012, we launched Hope Community Homes, a supported tenancy programme for rough sleepers to help them leave the streets permanently. Tenants receive accommodation and practical support, such as help with job searches and budgeting. Our staff also offer friendship and pastoral care. One of the men, Paul, is now in full-time employment and regularly attends a church having completing the Alpha Course. Resettlement course at Brixton Prison Missionary Rob Hooks and other chaplains at Brixton Prison developed and delivered a resettlement course for inmates in 2012. Faith In the Future includes training on money management, returning to work, and some Christian material, such as Christianity Explored. About 100 men have taken part in the six-week course since the programme started last September.
R e a c h i n g Londoners and visitors at th e Oly mpic Game s
New devel opment at T ott en ham H a le Missionary Andrew Kwapong began working with people on a new housing estate in Tottenham Hale and continued his ministry on the nearby Ferry Lane Estate. Working with the Diocese of London and other organisations, Andrew has built relationships with many of the residents. The social needs are different on each estate: in Tottenham Hale, there is little sense of community and it can be difficult to access information in the many different languages; on the Ferry Lane Estate – where there is a lot of social housing – there are high levels of unemployment and debt. Andrew and his team have run activities that are relevant to people living on each estate. These include pop-up cafes and a mobile youth club on a double decker bus. They have also led classes at the local school and conducted a community audit. All of these have helped the team to make contact with people from many different backgrounds as they seek to share Jesus and build new churches with local people.
A l asta i r G o r d o n a r t i st i n r e s i d e n c e
W EBBER STREET
Reaching Londoners and visitors at the O ly m p i c Gam e s Thirty-two mission staff served as Games Pastors at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; they were active at Heathrow Airport, St Pancras Station and other key transport hubs. Three staff members served as ‘hard hat’ chaplains to those involved in constructing the Olympic Park, and others ran special Olympicthemed events. All of these activities gave our missionaries real opportunities to engage with Londoners and visitors, and they made the most of this by providing practical help, sharing their testimonies and the gospel message. L o n d o n Ch u r c h C e n s u s We commissioned the London Church Census. Over 400 churches took part in the census in October 2012, and the results give a unique look at church attendance, activity and the impact of the new churches which have begun in London over the last 20 years. The research was carried out by Brierley Consultancy and should benefit the wider work of the Christian church in London, especially in the ‘least churched’ areas.
F i f t i e th a n n iver sary o f W e b b er S t r eet Last year, our Webber Street homeless day centre celebrated 50 years of serving rough sleepers. It first opened its doors on 16 May 1962, and staff have been giving food, showers and clothing and sharing the good news with homeless people there ever since. An appeal to raise funds to refurbish the centre raised over £214,000. Due to the success of the appeal, a significant proportion of donations was put towards the general running costs at Webber Street. Thank you to everyone – individuals and trusts - who made a donation. Our guests now have a new servery, a larger washroom and a shower room for women. Your generosity has helped to remind our guests how precious they are to us, and to God. A r t i st- i n -r es id en c e at D ep a r t u r e We welcomed artist-in-residence Alastair Gordon to the mission team in September 2012. Alastair, who works in oil on canvas and drawing, oversees the exhibitions at our community cafe in Limehouse. He and other staff at Departure use art as a vehicle to connect with people and start conversations about the gospel. People from a range of different backgrounds – including Bangladeshis, city workers and local professional artists – are currently involved in the programmes and exhibitions. This has helped establish Departure as a place for local artists to visit.
Committed to long-term ministry
A fundamental part of our ministry is going to the same people again and again. Our missionaries seek to make contact with people, building friendships and making the most of opportunities to meaningfully communicate the gospel. This kind of ministry takes time, but we are committed to reaching people with the gospel – however long it takes. One example of this is our work in Bermondsey in south-east London.
Thank you to everyone who supported our ministry this year. Whether you gave a gift, donated property, prayed for us, or volunteered with us, you have played a part in helping to reach people in need of Jesus. Thank you for joining with us in the mission to share Jesus Christ with all London.
But, taking Jesus to the white, workingclass people who live on the estate isn’t easy. ‘Many of the young people are lacking in social capital – their social circles are limited and they see the same people every day’, says Andrew. ‘A lot of them drop out of school and very few of them go to university. They are very parochial and won’t travel too far away. The main issue is apathy. Some young people are coming from families where two or three generations haven’t worked, and it’s difficult to break the cycle. They need life in all its fullness.’ And it is this message of hope – life in all its fullness - which Andrew and the other missionaries have been spreading patiently and sensitively over the years. Through ‘focus times’ at youth clubs and football practices, conversations over coffee in someone’s home or at the centre, and weekly Bible studies, the missionaries are letting people know that, through Jesus, they can live a life of hope and fulfilment. ‘This is cross-cultural ministry’, says Andrew. ‘It’s about changing a culture that is ingrained; it’s about changing mindsets. One of the young men on our football team has been coming to our centre since he was four years old. He is close to becoming a Christian, but he knows that if he makes this choice it will change his life. It will have an impact on his friendship circles and the decisions he makes.’
It’s only three stops on a Tube train between Canary Wharf and Bermondsey, but the two communities couldn’t be more different. The wealth of the financial district completely dwarfs that of the families living in the housing estates that make up over 50% of the properties in Bermondsey. But, as with so many parts of London, a lot of the people in Bermondsey are not just materially poor – they are also poor in spirit. LCM 18
London City Mission’s Christian centre has been at the heart of a housing estate in Bermondsey since 1955, when missionary Arthur Thrush was sent there to reach the community with the gospel. He set up a children’s club and made regular visits to the nearby homes. Over 60 years and seven missionaries later, this work continues. Missionary Andrew Cannon and a team run children’s and youth clubs, football clubs, coffee mornings and Bible studies.
Although a decision to follow Christ means a change of culture and behaviour, many people have gone against the tide and chosen to become Christians through the ministry at the centre. In the last five years, Andrew has seen some of the young people make professions of faith, and they are still worshipping in local churches. Please pray for Andrew and all of our Mission team as they sow gospel seeds across London.
L o n d o n C i ty M i s s i o n B o a r d M e m b e r s Carolyn Ash Elizabeth Bridger Mosun Dorgu Richard Godden
Paul Evans Mark Harding (Chairman) Rodney Lissenden
Gerald Moscrop Ian Nash John Nicholls (retired April 2013) Robert Vickers LCM 19
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