Blogs and Testimonies

Mental Health: If not us, who?

One of the bravest things I’ve witnessed inside a church is when my friend spoke up at a prayer meeting. “I’d like us to pray for people with mental health issues. And I include myself in that number.” It wasn’t easy to do, but in those few words she seemed to open a door for […]

Welcoming Venues

Let’s face it, a lot of historic church buildings are old and in need of some attention. There isn’t much warmth, colour or comfort available, and yet we want to ensure a warm welcome for everyone to our venues, especially on a Sunday. Churches that have taken over industrial units, former office blocks, or hire […]

Engaging with Public Agencies

In Stoke-on-Trent, a Civic Prayer Breakfast is held each year in the impressive Kings Hall with over 300 people attending. For a prayer event, I was interested to observe that the Christians were possibly outnumbered! Who are the other attendees of this Prayer Breakfast? The police, health authorities, councillors, teachers and many others whose work […]

Vision for Your Neighbourhood

Lisa is a young mum who saw the sorry state of the play equipment in her local park. Her friends didn’t want to bring their kids along because it was tired and failing. Lisa decided to do something about it. But this wasn’t about Lisa or even the play area. This was about our vision […]

What Do Your Neighbours Think of You?

…or think of your church to be more precise? Do they think of a building? A problem (noise? parking!)  Or do they think of a group of faithful friends? How would you like your neighbourhood to think of your church community? Here in Dagenham and Redbridge the neighbourhood tends to know us as the LifeLine […]

Within Walking Distance

How many church members live within walking distance of your home? How many live within walking distance of your church building (if you have one)? We have found this to be really helpful in building community. We don’t pop around for cups of sugar anymore. Facebook and WhatsApp are ubiquitous, but when you need to […]

Heart Joining

If someone wants to join your church, do you ever say ’No?’ Let’s say they live locally, love Jesus, desire the Holy Spirit and are ready to serve. Would you ever say ’No’? We are currently running our Foundation Course which enables new people to review the basis of faith in Jesus and also the […]

Eating Together

The reason I joined this church is because I got a free Sunday lunch each week. All visiting students were offered the opportunity to eat and spend Sunday afternoon with a church family. With this matching up of host families with students, it didn’t take long to feel like we belonged. Today, it’s normal for […]

People Matter You See

“I can’t bother him again!’   The words of my 81-year-old friend who lives just around the corner. ‘He’s got a family and it’s time for him to get into the Sunday zoom meeting too! It’s my stupid fingers – they won’t work!’ It was the beginning of April, a few weeks into the Coronavirus lockdown, […]