A Village Of God On A Housing Estate?

Had two days with a great bunch in Salford, near Manchester. Chris Lane pastors Langworthy Community Church which began with an Eden (Christian Social Enterprise)Project and a group who had a heart for this neighbourhood that 10 years ago was unsafe at night and which has been transformed through Housing Regeneration, personalised policing, and the work of Eden volunteers. I prayer walked the area before meeting with the church to inter-act with their work. Chris had been gripped by the Village of God model I explored in 'High Street Monasteries' and wanted to explore if the Christ-like projects and partnerships the church sustains could become more complete or holistic when measured against the Village of God vision. We passed the Oasis Academy established by Steve Chalke's Oasis Trust. The Academy is about to move site and maybe a sustainable church may grow alongside it.

 

I stayed with Paul and Nikki. Paul overseas all the Eden Projects in greater Manchester. Andrew Belfield, entrepreneur and social enterprise fund-raiser extra-ordinaire, joined us for tapas

 

I returned to a crashed computer and twenty Norwegian friends who had walked St. Cuthbert's Way and then engaged in five days of study in Celtic spirituality - Roots, Rhythms and Relationships. Jahn took his First Voyage Vows on a Cuthbert's Isle swept by wind and rain. They sang Lindisfarne songs in Norsk. What next?

 

Posted at 01:21am on 9th September 2011
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