It was exciting last year when the Diocese of Southwark gave overwhelming support for holding a Vision Day for Fresh Expressions. There has been a growing realisation that the church cannot carry on as it always has done.
One of the most exciting development at Springfield is the developing of what we call River Ministries. These are ministries that we start in the community for the community.
Fresh Expressions have just published a video interview with Sue Bosley and myself. We were asked some time ago to do one and what with diaries etc we had to wait until the middle of September and its only just now been published.
I was presenting a proposal last night to the Southwark Bishop’s Council to run a Mission Shaped Ministry Course in Southwark.
Last year I came across a project that was being launched by the Church of England to give funding to churches that might be able to show how the Church could grow on estates.
As some of you who read our weekly newsletter or attend Springfield will know is that we, along with St Paul’s Brixton and the Diocese of Southwark, recently won a bid from the Church Commissioners for developing estate based mission in South London.
There is a very much travelled narrative in the UK that the Church is in a nosedive decline to marginalisation and irrelevance. The case for this is the falling church numbers in the Church of England and other mainstream churches.
Well today is Pentecost. The day that the Church celebrates its founding. The day that Acts 2 records the Spirit moving among the disciples after the momentous events of Easter and bringing to birth the Church.
Well this is the week when we move out of our Church Centre. We have been there for five years and it has been a great place to have. Central to Wallington, just about enough room for meetings such as staff and PCC, visible, accessible, easy-ish parking.