Let Your Light Shine

I am now in my third year as Mission Director at the Brighton and Hove City Mission (BHCM).

Looking back at the journey we have been on, seeing where we currently are and where we believe we are going in the future, is a great encouragement. As a Christian, I can see the beautiful and distinctive fingerprints of Jesus leading this charity. In 2015, we focused on rebranding and streamlining BHCM, ensuring that we are on the right track to serve the city, church and Christ, whilst remaining faithful to our roots.

In 2016, we emphasised how the lives of people are being changed through the work that we do. The sub-theme of “Your Story” was echoed throughout our publicity. As a supporter, you had the opportunity to hear 15 testimonies at Taste and See, and read 12 testimonies in our postal newsletters and 14 testimonies in our e-news.

In 2017, we want to highlight partnerships, real Kingdom building partnerships, between churches and agencies in Brighton and Hove, stretching out across Sussex. We said we are here to serve city, church and Christ, and we are.

This year, our design still points to our roots in the Victoria era, whilst still echoing the heart of Brighton and Hove, with its amazing design features of refurbished old brick walls and new stylish light bulbs. But these light bulbs also point to the theme for this year:

Matthew 5:16 says:

“…let your light shine…”

As Christians we are called to shine our lights, the light Jesus has put in our hearts. One light bulb on its own can be effective. However, light bulbs are always connected to a power supply and are, quite often, on a lighting circuit.

A whole string of light bulbs, connected to the same power supply on the same lighting circuit, can really illuminate a dark place.

That is why we are passionate about real partnership. We aim to bring unity by equipping and supporting Christians and churches, across our city, so we can shine brightly together to illuminate the dark places – I feel privileged to lead this kind of work for BHCM.

Let’s build the Kingdom together.

Family Fun Day 2017

Join us on the 1st July at 27 Benfield Way, Portslade, BN41 2DA, for a day of Family Fun.

Our Family Fun Day is a day where you can bring your whole family, relax in calm surroundings, have some fun, and hear about the latest work of the City Mission.

We are excited to say we have got so much for the little ones to enjoy this year, from bouncing on a bouncy castle, swimming in the onsite pool, eating sweets from our pick and mix and candy floss stall, playing fun games, and getting transformed into your favourite animal at the face-paining area. Adults can do all this too! We also have a BBQ where we will be serving burgers! YUM!

If this sounds good, please drop in from 12 – 5pm, everybody is welcome, and we would love to see as many of you lovely supporters as possible.

Please be aware street parking is limited and public transport is advised.

Faith in Sussex Article

In the summer edition of ‘Faith in Sussex’ from the Diocese of Chichester our Schools team were featured for their partnership with TRINITY, a church in Lewes. This is taken from the magazine, as we thought it was too good not to share.

No need to re-invent the wheel when it comes to Prayer Spaces

Brighton and Hove City Mission (BHCM) is a Christian charity that has teamed up with TRINITY Church, Lewes to support mission.

Revd Steve Daughtery is the vicar of TRINITY, a vibrant, outward-looking Anglican church, meeting across 3 sites with 6 congregations throughout Lewes.

He said: “It seems to me that there is no point reinventing the wheel, especially when someone already has one ready, for free.  TRINITY has a thriving Youth and Children’s ministry with two full-time leaders, yet, harnessing BHCM’s skill set in a partnership, whose agenda is to advance the Kingdom of God, has proved to be a winning combination.

“We have been able to observe BHCM’s Prayer Space in a school and then invite them to work with us to successfully set up two spaces in our schools.  If you can see the potential for a partnership with an organisation whose core mission can be used to support yours – why wouldn’t you?”

Neil Chisnall Children, Families and Schools Minister of TRINITY said: “Last year I met with BHCM, hoping that we may be able to work together with some of the schools. I visited a Prayer Spaces In Schools (PSIS) that BHCM were running in Firle CE Primary School and I was not disappointed. We then started working on one together in Southover CE Primary School. TRINITY would provide the people, and BHCM would plan and resource the space. TRINITY got together seven volunteers to help for the week.

“Over the week we had 14 classes visit the PSIS, that was almost 350 children! Many of the children seemed to really engage with the different prayer stations, which helped them to pray or think about their worries, the future, friends, the past, the world, and themselves.

“I know TRINITY are already looking forward to working with BHCM again.”

Julian Haddow Director of  BHCM said: “These are positive words from Steve and Neil. “We have run Prayer Spaces in Schools together, encouraging and training 6 volunteers from within the church, whilst supporting their Families and Schools Minister Neil Chisnall to lead the weeks.

“It has been so encouraging to start seeing our new aim and drive working out in practice, as we seek to train, equip, and support the church more and more.

“One of the volunteers from TRINITY has completed the entire Schools Work Training Days at Church House, run by BHCM in conjunction with the Diocese of Chichester’s Education department.”