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.

Each day we told a new story here, and on Instagram Facebook,and Twitter.

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.