When I first started my role as city center chaplain in Peterborough my son was 9 years old. We had recently moved into the area and his new teacher asked him what his dad did for a job. he thought long and hard and eventually answered, 'my dad helps people love Jesus.' In hearing that … Continue reading My role as chaplain comes to an end this week…It’s been an awesome 9 years, here’s some highlights
Over the weekend I was part of the outreach team with Chipping Campden Baptist Church who join the annual Dover's games and get in the mix of their quintessential English community in an extraordinary way. The baptist church seems to have a knack of making disciples, mainly through their regular Alpha courses, from which they … Continue reading Church in the heart of their community
How do you get to pray for miracles in other people's lives? Today we used our usual 'signs' as well as giving lots of flowers away that were generously given to us for free from the very kind street flower sellers who always encourage us and help us. Through acts of kindness and availability, together … Continue reading Signs and wonders through signs and wonder-full flowers.
It's like an annual pilgrimage I undertake to Birmingham to spend time with the new recruits of the Action Team who spend a year with BMS world mission learning and then engaging in mission all over the world. Each year I train the team in evangelism and then spend a few hours putting into practice … Continue reading From fear to joy!
At The Light Project we love to use signs on the street to engage with people about the good news of Jesus. They prompt questions and often help people connect with what ever it is that we are offering to demonstate the gospel. In Peterborough we're often known as the Free Hug People and members … Continue reading Street Signs
One of my team described Friday's chaplaincy in the city centre of Peterborough as her favouritist time of the week! It is mine too. What a joy to serve people and show and tell the good news of Jesus. I really mean that. What a JOY! Today I have listened to people and their heart … Continue reading Favouritist time of the week!
We had a few hours to explore and hang out in Cambridge. Amy, one of the students with The Light Project was visiting to glean ideas for town centre evangelism for Poole on the south coast. We went to hand out free Cambridge postcards and also Free Hugs. The gestures prompted some questions … Continue reading Postcards and hugs
I'm always humbled when I'm out 'there.' Things seem to happen 'there' and it's in the going 'there' that I encounter Jesus seeking the lost. Today was no exception. A day of being out in the city of Peterborough, first in the pub for the morning and secondly the afternoon on the streets. It … Continue reading Out ‘there.’
This morning I met a lady out and about on the streets who objected to what I was doing... So what was I doing that caused such offence? Well, I was handing out bottles of water and free hugs! Strange how it put her nose out of joint, I know. Surprise surprise, this lady who … Continue reading How else will they hear?
We've heard of some people who live and work in Peterborough who are originally from Eastern Europe who have been jeared at and told to 'go home' since Brexit. As a chaplaincy team on Friday we wanted to show love and welcome to people, especially those from Eastern Europe and decided to give out flowers … Continue reading Positive discrimination