Bradford Centre of mission 

The Bradford Centre of Mission is home to the Sorted Project – a church for young people, run by young people. It was established as a fresh expression of church in 2005 by Andy Milne, and his wife Tracy has since grown into three separate youth churches with a focus on teenagers and young adults from non-church backgrounds. It has been awarded a Bishops’ Mission Order which officially recognises it within the Church of England. It's work includes: three youth churches; outreach to schools and housing estates youth clubs; worship evenings; home groups and one-to-one mentoring and discipleship. Carl Firth and Val Thomas are also based at our Bradford Centre of Mission and you can find out more through Sorted's website or by reading their latest supporter newsletter.

Carolyn Kinsman, 15/06/2017

Chester Centre of Mission 

Rob Barker and Colin Harris are based at our Chester Centre of Mission, which is in Ellesmere Port and works with communities and churches throughout the Diocese of Chester to resource and enable them in evangelism. Its work includes: a bus project, which helps resource churches in mission and equip them to reach out to their local area; a narrow boat (‘Andrew’) where local groups are welcomed for a day out to hear the gospel and explore faith. Numerous groups make use of the boat, including, Narcotics Anonymous, local recovering alcoholics, Sea Cadets, a local homeless shelter and a group of adults with learning difficulties from the community centre; AWE (action weekend experiences), which are weekends of outdoor activities, including kayaking, mountain biking and walking, expanding existing relationship and exploring faith; building relationships with those at a local gym, pub and café – getting to know them, sharing life and praying with them and Falcon Camp, an annual week-long camp for children that need a holiday.

Carolyn Kinsman, 14/06/2017

Greenwich Centre of Mission 

The Greenwich Centre of Mission in South London works across a number of housing estates and deprived communities and is led by Nick Russell, Nicholas Lebey and Trevor Clarke. Their work includes: The Superkidz Community Trust, which reaches out to hundreds of deprived children, young people and parents each year through youth and children’s clubs, home visiting and mentoring, families work, holiday clubs and trips and employment advice and training, with specialist work with young offenders and those at risk of offending; Coffee Stop for socially excluded adults; Friendship Tea – an accessible Christian service for adults; Messy Church; a partnership with the youth charity, XLP, to help those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion and the Friday Night Youth Club in Abbey Wood with the vision of growing this into a youth congregation.

Liverpool Centre of Mission 

The Centre of Mission in Liverpool, based in the parish of Norris Green, was launched in November 2017. This is a strategic partnership between the diocese, the parish of St Christopher’s and Church Army. St. Christopher's was built between 1930 and 1932, with much of the funding raised by the children from Liverpool Diocese. Therefore the church is often and affectionately known as the "Children's Church". The Parish of Norris Green is based close to the centre of Liverpool. It is an area of social need but also there is much regeneration and new housing being built. St Christopher’s is a church at the heart of the community, with the community on its heart. Amongst many other things they provide a Food Bank and a meal at their Chatty Church Café. Paul Smith leads the Centre of Mission and Cherith Collins is the pioneer evangelist.

Carolyn Kinsman, 12/06/2017

scunthorpe Centre of Mission 

The vision for Scunthorpe Centre of Mission, launched in July 2017, is 'Transforming Communities, Building Church'. It is led by Paul McDonough and Sean Andrews and works in three communities across Scunthorpe (Riddings, Westcliff and Berkeley) that are a mix of economically and socially deprived areas, with areas within them that materially are quite well off. The role of Scunthorpe Centre of Mission is to encourage the present church communities and also bring hope to the wider community and show that Jesus is relevant and that he cares about the folk who live in these areas.

Selby Centre of Mission 

"Where change is possible" could be the motto of the Edge Community, Selby. Here our evangelists Richard Cooke and Neil Walpole are working alongside local Christians as they reach out to families of the Flaxley Road estate. It is one of the most socially deprived estates in North Yorkshire, where there is much brokenness and hurt. With no overt Christian presence or outreach for 100 years, the poverty is spiritual as well. Bringing Good News Neil and Richard work with the local church to bring the Good News of God's love and power for change in a variety of ways: in the local primary school with assemblies, RE and a Christian after-school club; running DNA youth group and Youth Alpha style meetings; using a converted double-decker bus as Community drop-in and Youth Café; supporting young families through a parent and toddler group and helping people practically with parenting and debt. You can find out more about the Edge Community through their website.

Carolyn Kinsman, 10/06/2017

sheffield centre of mission 

Kinder Kalsi leads the Sheffield Centre of Mission, working alongside Deborah Battersby, Hazel Iggo and Phil Brown. Across the city they are involved in: establishing fresh expressions of church for those who are vulnerable or mentally ill; youth clubs; schools’ work; outreach on housing estates; one-to-one mentoring; providing evangelism training to churches and individuals; food banks and practical support and outreach to workers in the city centre.

Carolyn Kinsman, 09/06/2017

Southampton Centre of Mission 

Tim Hyde and Ruth Hills are based at our Centre of Mission in Southampton. Church Army has had a very long association with Southampton, so it is appropriate that it was one of the first cities in the UK where Church Army developed a Centre of Mission. Changing to meet changing needs, its work now has the scope to encourage and enable evangelism across the city from a base on the east side. Tim is based in Sholing Parish where he works alongside St. Mary’s Church, Sholing. Together they run a youth project called Impact. SCOM Lighthouse is a project that gives people opportunities to experience both practically and spiritually the deep love that God has for them. The project is currently looking at what they can do in the Varity Park area of the parish to create new opportunities for mission. Work that Tim began with dads, through lunch clubs and by praying with people on the streets is being sustained by local Christians, allowing him to move on and pioneer further projects in new locations.

Thanet Centre of Mission 

The Thanet Centre of Mission brings hope to communities in Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and the surrounding villages on the east coast of Kent and is led by Peter and Lynne Bone.  Across the deanery, there continues to be good collaboration between the Centre and other agencies including the Police, Food Link, schools, Manston Army base and community projects. Its work includes: Prayer Care, where the team visit residential care homes on a regular basis and build relationships with residents, family members, staff and management; Ignite, which seeks to build community by creating an environment where people are valued and accepted, and enjoy being with each other. It has been likened to Messy Church for adults; St Georges Ramsgate Project where we build community and show God’s love in a practical and relevant way; Men’s ministry; Thanet winter shelter; The Dream Team, which is an exciting new venture aiming to “enthuse the pews” with reaching out to our local communities in mission and evangelism;  taking assemblies and visiting classrooms on a weekly rota; we are also a part of Schools+, an ecumenical group who run Christmas Unwrapped and Easter Cracked events for year 6 pupils across many different primary schools.

Carolyn Kinsman, 07/06/2017

Torbay Centre of Mission 

The Torbay Centre of Mission was launched in September 2016 and is bringing the Good News of Jesus to Paignton, Torquay and people who live in the bay between. Torbay was once a thriving holiday destination, but now it has a very high rate of poverty among children, old people and those of working age. The local churches long to respond, and they have identified people aged 18 to 30 and their families as a priority. Jeff Hill has been living and ministering on the Foxhole Estate, Paignton since August 2014. He is serving families practically through community lunches, a toddler group, work in the school, a big termly community event for families and a Messy Church. Adrian Prescott joined the team in September 2016 to live in nearby Torquay and begin new projects that bring help and hope to people who live in the forgotten corners of the town. Between them they long to encourage other local churches in their mission, and gather people around them to share the vision for introducing Jesus to people who do not yet know how very much God loves them.

Carolyn Kinsman, 06/06/2017
Carolyn Kinsman, 13/06/2017