Pastor running the marathon for the Mission

Lloyd, our Media and Communications Manager, met up with Chris from Centre Church this week as he is planning on running the Brighton Marathon for us in April.

Hello Chris, please give us a bit of background about yourself and what you do in the city?

“I’ve been in Brighton for 3 and a half years.  I moved down from Manchester to get involved in a small church plant called Centre Church, which is in the Kemp Town area. I felt a real sense of the calling of God on my life to get involved in Brighton, and to see His kingdom established in places where it’s not already.

I was initially involved in Centre Church as an intern, and more recently as a campus pastor, which has been a cool journey and a learning experience for me, but it’s really great and I really enjoy it!”

How did you find out about the work of the Brighton and Hove City Mission?

“I’ve been aware of different City Missions in various places, throughout my life. I think with the Brighton and Hove Mission, I became aware of it through connections with individuals in Brighton itself, seeing the work that is done there, and obviously seeing the Brighton Food Bank as I’m going about my shopping in various supermarkets.”

When did you start running?

“I started running in February 2015 as a way to lose a bit of weight. I noticed that I was overweight, well, quite overweight, and I needed to do something to sort it out. I was at the stage where if you forgot your keys and have to run back up the stairs to get them, you have to take a second to breathe at the top as you are so out of breath! That’s not a good condition to be in, especially as I was still in my twenties at that time! With my thirtieth coming up, I thought that it is time to sort this out, it’s time to get a bit fitter and more active!

I started off by doing the couch to 5k, through a series of podcasts, and that felt like the hardest thing that I had ever done in my life, but it was really rewarding! Throughout those 9 weeks and beyond, I saw the mental health benefits of exercise and just continued to do it.”

So you have chosen to run the Brighton Marathon in April!

“I think I needed a big goal to help keep me going, so I signed up. It’s something that if you know me well and you’ve known me for a long time you would not think that I would do or be capable of doing. So I think that’s why I chose to run it really. I’m not looking for a world beating time, I’m just looking to finish, if I can get under five hours that would be my real goal, but if not then I’ll finish it, and that’s that.”

So you chose to support us, thank you so much, why did you chose us?

“On signing up for the marathon I recognised a lot of people would do it for charities and they give you a list of various charities you can sign up for. I thought about the City Mission in that moment, as the work that the City Mission does aligns with my heart and what I want to see in Brighton, to see people experience the Kingdom of God, to be changed, to be transformed, to recognise who God is, and not though a specific church, ministry, or denomination, simply to be touched by the love of God.”

How is your training going?

“My training is actually going alright, I’m contemplating for the first time maybe trying to get a sports massage somewhere and doing that kind of thing. My muscles are getting a little bit tighter as the miles increase. I’ve got a 10k to run this afternoon, I ran 5k yesterday, and I ran 14k a few days ago, so I’m getting there! We are about 12 weeks away, and so the training really starts to kick on from now, and starts to get a bit more intense! “

Did you have a target to reach, how are you getting on?

“I broke it! Initially I put £500 as my target, which I reached this week! So now I need to set myself a higher target, I wasn’t really sure what a reasonable target to go for was, but now we have passed £500, I’m maybe looking to double that!”

How can we support you?

“You can support me by donating! My sponsorship page is www.give.net/chrisathon. Don’t be shy, give as much or as little as you want.”

Thank you Chris, we look forward to seeing how you get on.

Prayer Pathway in St Peter RC Primary

The library at St Peter’s Catholic Primary school was transformed into a pathway for prayer.  As the children entered the space wide eyed and full of wonder, they began a journey through the room, exploring creative and physical ways to pray.

The areas they experienced included thinking about themselves, any worries they might have, making a change, coping with their emotions, loving others, and caring for those in need.  They joined in with activities that helped them consider the world and the places where there is conflict and they considered unity.
The lesson time ended with inviting the children to pray using their hands.
They could hold up their thumb, as it’s closest to us we pray for those we love.
The forefinger reminds us to pray for those who teach.
The tallest finger helps us to pray for leaders here in our City, Country and across the world.
Our ring finger is the weakest, where we pray for those in need.
Lastly with our little finger, which is the nearest to us, helps us to pray for ourselves.
Lunchtime was popular as children revisited areas they enjoyed.  The children said that they enjoyed a time to reflect and be calm.  Teaching staff said quieter children had space to explore equally and that they also valued the time spent together.  Everyone is looking forward to seeing the space transformed another time.
Brighton and Hove City Mission Schools Team can be contacted for more information schools@bhcm.org.uk

2 Staff Members to run the Half Marathon

Bev, our Rest Homes Team Leader, and Nicky, our Fundraiser, are running the Brighton Half Marathon in aid of the City Mission. We caught up with Bev to see how she is getting on.

“I started running about 13 months ago, and completed my first 5k on Christmas Eve 2016, so it’s been a new venture, and I’m gradually building up my distances.

I regularly do ParkRun, and I’ve notched up 33 so far, it’s certainly a good experience to build up the run threshold each week.

I am going to be running my first ever half marathon on 25th February. I did two 10k’s last year, the first one I did ever was in September and another in November, but I’m upping the stakes and now doing a half marathon, which also happens to be on my 34th wedding anniversary! What a way to celebrate!

I’m on target with my training, keeping up with the half marathon’s training schedule, and last week I did a nine mile run.

I haven’t set myself a target of how much I want to raise, I just want to raise as much as I can really. Lots of very kind and generous people gave towards my 10k last year, so to increase what I got last year and build on that would be fantastic.

You can support me on give.net/bevruns, or Nicky on justgiving.com/fundraising/ns-bhcm, alternatively, you can contact the mission direct by emailing office@bhcm.org.uk. You can also support us on the day if you want to! More details about the run can be found here – https://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com/

Thank you so much Bev and Nicky. We are looking forward to hearing more about the run soon!

Silent Auction – i360 Tickets

We have kindly been given 2 tickets for a ride on the British Airways i360. This would make a fantastic valentines gift for your significant other.

Please send your bid to nicky@bhcm.org.uk, and bidding will end on the Sunday 4th February, and the winner will be announced 5th February.

Thank you so much British Airways i360 in supporting us, and helping us raise money for the work of the city mission.