Telling stories of Mission
Tim Gossling (Derby Church Net) writes:
Up and down the county, God is at work. Whether in the most rural parts of the Peak District, in the city, or the many small towns - there are stories to be told of lives being changed through creative approaches to mission, right on our doorstep.
At the Mission Together in Derbyshire event on 7th October, people were encouraged by reps from four organisations that work in different ways in our area.
Phil Morton of Derby City Mission gave a presentation about their work, and also a picture of how, with the assistance of a Home Office grant, he is investigating homelessness provision in the rest of Derbyshire – and it wasn't all doom and gloom.
Then Deacon Lorraine Brown gave four pictures of her work as Peak Park Mission Enabler (Faith in the Peak) - including projects in Tissington, Monyash, Berresford Dale and Edale – all with positive developments where tiny chapels were previously feeling low. Her work, like Phil’s, actually spreads over into Staffordshire, where she lives in Longnor.
Jonathan Brook spoke for Valley CIDS. Thanks to their 33 Lighthouse Charity Shops, they are able to do all sorts of work 'investing in the next generation'. Their Quest and Blend arms are doing a variety of work with children and young people, partly in schools and partly in their own premises, including Turner Farm in Swanwick.
And last but not least, Moira Biggins spoke for Workplace Chaplaincy in Derbyshire and the growing chaplaincy movement, providing a listening ear to workers in many varied workplaces.
The day, arranged by Churches Together for Derbyshire, was an opportunity for strategic networking, and many new contacts and relationships were formed.
Paul King was one of the organisers. He said, “The day was remarkably uplifting... it was terrific to hear such imaginative, creative and dedicated things not just happening but bearing fruit.
“Up and down the county, as elsewhere, people are finding encouragement and thoughtfulness. Please pray for us and stand by for the next development.”