Medway Centre Of Mission
Chatham and the surrounding Medway towns, Kent
Chatham was once a place of historical importance in this country as the home to Henry VIII’s navy. Over the years that have passed, unemployment and poverty have set in and the town is one where there is much need. The vision for the Medway Centre of Mission is to be a beacon of light and love to the people of Chatham and the surrounding Medway towns – to give people hope in a place where there is low aspiration and security.
Helen Kiralfy Writes…
“Part of our calling to Medway is to parent those who haven’t been parented. Many people call my husband and I, dad and mum, because our friends have not been loved, but they know we love them.
I believe if you come from a basis of knowing you’re loved, you can achieve mighty things. But our folk haven’t had that.
Many of the young adults I work alongside are around the age of my children, in their 20s and 30s. I see the difference between who my children are and the life chances they’ve had, compared with the life chances that others haven’t. I’ve become a lot more understanding, rather than judgemental.
My passion is for the vulnerably housed, mostly in accommodation of some sort, though it’s often very basic and temporary. Most of them have gone through the care system, suffer with their mental health, and have issues with alcohol or drug dependency.
I say to them, ‘Yes your life has been rubbish so far, but it doesn’t have to be rubbish forever, how can we stop it being that?’, in particular through talking about Jesus and the difference he can make.
LAST YEAR, IN SEPTEMBER WE HAD 10 BAPTISMS AND REAFFIRMATIONS OF BAPTISMAL VOWS, AND IT OCCURRED TO US THAT 8 OF THEM MET US THROUGH INITIATIVES RUN BY CHURCH ARMY; THEY WOULDN’T BE WITH US OTHERWISE.
There are those who have no-where else to go except to us. In this relatively small area, the needs are immense.”
Helen Kiralfy, Medway Centre of Mission
Type of Work
Church Planting /
Evangelists & Leaders
Diocese of Rochester
A diverse and vibrant community of faith in the areas of Medway, north west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
Medway Night Shelter
The Medway Night Shelter is a project run by Medway churches and other concerned local groups to help homeless people within Medway during the coldest and most difficult time of the year.
Open House Project Rochester
The Open House Project is a charity which offers hot food, drinks and company to homeless or vulnerably housed people from across Medway.