After one year of leading the City Mission, Julian reflects on how it has gone.
One year! How the time has flown by since I joined the Brighton and Hove City Mission in the summer of 2014. It has been so encouraging to join such a fantastic staff team who are full of energy and bursting to get going.
We have worked on so many areas of the City Mission, updating literature and streamlining what we do. You will have hopefully seen our new yearbook, info packs on each of our departments, and legacy and fuel aid leaflets; all of which look amazing and up to date. We have also redesigned our website.
On a ministry front we have also expanded and changed, growing from eight to ten staff, five of which have been made full-time. All of our four teams have a clear focus on serving the city, the church and Christ.
Whilst maintaining their existing ministry focus, each department is also taking on a new direction to ensure we are building the Kingdom of God with local churches:
Our Schools team is expanding to set up a training and resource centre in Brighton for Christians in education. They plan to offer training for churches and church workers, where appropriate.
Our Brighton Food Bank team are facilitating a faith-based forum for Christian food banks in the area, as well as including a wider group for Christians working within social depravation.
Our Rest Homes team is adding a focus, offering one-to-one pastoral visits to rest homes with local church members.
Our Life Stream team is also reaching out to local churches already specialising in ministry to women to ensure we are working together, and so that we can gradually, where appropriate, then feed our clients into these churches.
I feel blessed to be part of this amazing team, and let me tell you – we haven’t stopped growing! There are many more exciting dreams and visions to, hopefully, be made into reality for next year and the years to come!
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