Telling stories of Faith into action
Over Lent 2021, 40 ordinary disciples across the Diocese told their stories of how following Jesus has led them to action.
Serving communities; challenging injustice; loving their neighbour.
We have broken their stories down into weekly threads, and you can read each individual’s inspiring story on the pages linked to below.
In week 1 there are stories from Jo, supporting asylum seekers; Stephan and Jeannine who are providing affordable accommodation for young adults; Folake who is pioneering the Mother’s Union in East London; Steve who has become an accidental campaigner for housing justice, Viv who is providing meals and communities for those who find themselves homeless; and Chris who’s working towards fairer energy for people and planet.
During week 2 we have stories from Alex, baking and blessing elderly neighbours; Ben who has welcomed asylum seekers to share his home; Jackie who’s been changing the landscape of affordable housing in her borough; Wayne who offers debt advice and hope to those in his community; Enid who has been championing the cause of the environment for decades; and Nicky who has been accompanying street sleepers through Covid lockdown.
In week 3 we hear from Debbie, offering people support out of the dark hole of debt; Peter who has given his retirement to set up a legal advice centre in his church; Olivia who from a young age has felt called to tackle Modern Slavery; Father Sam offering whole-community care and love to local gang-affiliated teenagers and families; Jemima who’s been cooking meals for those who were homeless during the pandemic; and Jan who’s been part of setting up a social enterprise and mentoring scheme for young people to get into work.
Week 4 brings us stories from Hilary who’s using her professional skills to help us raise awareness of Modern Slavery; from Christian who’s mentoring local teenage boys in business skills; from Sarah who’s seeing God work through serving local struggling families; from Ken whose faithful volunteering has led to setting up a clothing bank; from Steve whose ministry to tackle loneliness brings such a burst of joy; and from Limmy a young environmental campaigner determined to encourage her generation to get involved.
In week 5 we hear stories of Kailean, who transformed a rubbish dump into a community nature reserve; Mel whose compassion for those on the streets has lead to night time outreach; Claire, Stephen and Stuart, who together have partnered to serve struggling families in Enfield with thousands of hot meals; Veronica whose own experience of living on low income has given her skills and heart to help others; Daphine, who’s spent 10 years responding practically and prophetically to the rising need for foodbanks; and Joe and Julie, welcoming those in their community who are seeking asylum with boxes and friendship.
During week 6 we hear stories of Barb, who befriends families in need of support in Hammersmith & Fulham; Mark, who’s taking church out of the building and into the lives of young people in his community; Sandra, who is spearheading Eco Church activities in Southgate; Karen, whose love of animals motivates her to care for God’s creation Ben, who serves his community by running a vital foodbank; andRachel, whose heart for children led to her becoming a foster carer.
In Holy Week we hear stories of Melisa & Zac, who are connecting with their community and encouraging spiritual growth in Hackney through garden and beekeeping projects; Alex, who was motivated by his lived experience of an anxiety disorder to set up a vital mental health support group; Davide, who has a powerful ministry to inmates at HMP Pentonville; and Shelagh, who befriends and supports vulnerable refugees.