Enabling mission and Christian living
Since my last update there have been many exciting developments in the Ebbsfleet area - the first primary school in Ebbsfleet has opened and the first community centre will open soon; we have a pub and restaurant, and a hotel opening in the New Year; there are 4 different marketing suites offering a huge range of properties and over 300 new homes are now occupied.
The KTCP project has also been moving forward – the weekly coffee morning remains a great place for people to meet; we especially enjoy hosting the different generations that attend. Over the summer we enjoyed fine weather for the events in park and we worked with the school on a community fun day. Building on the relationships we have developed in the community and connecting with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s ‘Active Ebbsfleet’ project we are planning to launch a missional and creative form of church which will meet weekly from the beginning of 2018. We are calling this ‘Sunday Active’ and all-ages will be invited to come along and choose whether to join a walk, run with others, engage in some CrossFit activities or simply have a coffee and make new friends. During the morning everyone will join back together for refreshments followed by a 20-minute interactive presentation on an aspect of spiritual health from a Christian perspective. This is something totally new, but we sense it is where God is leading us and so far, the interest has been good!
Dawn Turner continues to develop the work in Northfleet North, which is one of the most socially deprived areas bordering the Ebbsfleet Garden City. She took a group of 4 young people to Soul Survivor this summer. The adults ‘Encounters’ church continues to meet -alternating fortnightly with the children’s club. Both have seen relationships grow within these groups, which is great as most who attend are not yet Christians.
I would like to thank you for your ongoing support for this project and ask you to keep in touch and keep praying!
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It’s all change in Kent Thameside and in particular, Ebbsfleet! The swathe of land sandwiched between the River Thames and the A2 trunk-road running between London and Dover is one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects. The focus of our outreach is on the area now designated the ‘Ebbsfleet Garden City’. This is the first garden city in England for 100 years and is set to be home to thousands of people.
With the Bluewater shopping centre and the new Ebbsfleet International rail station (offering both a direct service to the continent and a high-speed link to the capital) the area is receiving a huge boost. Not only this, but many new businesses are moving into Ebbsfleet, there will also be new schools, community facilities, new parks and all serving the 15,000 homes to be built. Plans for a world class theme park in the area are also part of this huge vision.
All of this brings tremendous opportunities to Christians who are keen to see relevant and lively expressions of church birthed as these new developments emerge. The call of God to the Christians and churches already in the area is to prepare in advance for the huge influx of people who will come, and help them as they settle in to have the opportunity to discover who Jesus is and what He can do for them.
Revd Penny Marsh (KTP Mission Enabler)
Email / 01474-747964