Medway Centre of Mission
In its glory days Chatham was home to Henry VIII's navy, but over four centuries have gone by and the town is now a place where people with many needs live. Stephen Ramshaw (Lead Evangelist) is determined that people's lives will be better because of the centre of mission. The centre of mission wants to give people hope in a place where there is low aspiration, security where there is practical need and a Saviour in a place where many people don't know how much God loves them. The vision is for the Medway Centre of Mission to be a beacon of light and love to the people of Chatham and the surrounding Medway towns, telling people how much they are loved, valued and worth. Stephen is involved in a number of different initiatives in the area, including: a Sunday service at the Tap 'n' Tin nightclub in Chatham, where they also help to run a heavy metal church, chaplaincy work on a Monday evening at the same nightclub, a community cafe and fortnightly pop-up furniture shop in Strood and weekly prayer walking in the area. They are building relationships with the homeless in the area and have launched Medway Oaks, a weekly drop-in on a Sunday with a 'God slot' in the middle. They are also working closely with Medway Night Sheltar and Open House Project Rochester to reach the homeless in the area. Another group that the centre of mission wants to reach out to are the children and young people. They do this through school assemblies, youth groups and a Journey's Course for families (all currently online due to COVID-19). The centre of mission's plans for the New year include running a CAP Fresh Start course, starting a Garden Project and launching a youth Alpha, TEFL course (in partnership with St. John's Chatham) and Messy Church online. You can watch a short film about Stephen's work with the homeless on our films page (film by the Diocese of Rochester). Find out more about what's happening in Medway Centre of Mission by reading their latest newsletter.
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