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Paul Anthony Wallis

This is so refreshing. Think I must have been born at the wrong time. In my days in the CofE a priest doing this instead of services in the building would have been hauled up before a consistory court for breaching Canon law. Good on you, Tony Cant! Bring it on!

John Cooper

That is exciting stuff. I've been thinking about iniatives such as 'back to church' sunday and, to be honest, this is what that sort of thing should be about.

I think the key finding is someone going out to spread the good news, rather than declaring 'i have good news come and listen'....before wondering why no one does.

Warm Regards Ever

John

Rach

How do they determine which postcard to give each person? We were joking about a friend's wedding plans yesterday (with said friend) about giving additional explanation sheets to the guests who weren't used to a church setting but then realising that this was pretty much the same as switching the traditional "bride or groom?" question for the more imposing "Christian or not?" Not so welcoming!

I'm all up for churches recognising that not everyone comes from the same viewpoint or history, and yes, it's hard to create single pieces of publicity which serve all of these, but how do we do it without widening the gaps, or making them more obvious?

BanksyBoy

Excellent post which have highlighted on my blog too, thanks for a great Friday cheering up post! http://bit.ly/91UtJ4

Best

PB

Ordinandy

Hi Jonny, ta for the positive mention of our little endeavour!

Rach - we don't hsnd out the 'targeted' postcards unless we have got into a conversation with them as individuals and they have probably self-identified themselves, (as most do when they discover we are a church...)

Phil G

I am writing an essay at the moment on modes of mission and this example is just incredible. I have been getting depressed in my reading and thinking. I am really scared that when I get ordained in a couple of years time I will get lost in maintenance and not mission. This has really lifted me and sparked my imagination...thanks Jonny! Good timing!

Ordinandy

Phil G - where are you studying? If you're ever near E17 let me know, visitors are always welcome!
I'm a 2nd year ordinandy (OPM candidate) at SPTC in London, placed with Tony at St Luke's.
It should be said that we seem to be an atypical model of church missional approach, and - of course - that we are most definitely a work in progress

Jeremy Greaves

I'd really love to have a look at the postcards... our buildings are surrounded by cafe culture and we're always looking for ways of engaging with the very varied crowds that come to our neighbourhood.

Jonny McCormick

I second Jeremy. Is there any way we could see these postcards? Pictures up perhaps?

Kim

That sounds like genius! I wish I was near Walthamstow. All best wishes to Tony and his fellow travellers,

John Bennett

"they are selling the building and working to get a house in the area and invest the money to create income". The last time I closed a church, we were advised that it had a negative commercial value. In the end we gave it away (nominally for £1) and then more than a million pounds was spent on it to provide training and accommodation for homeless young people. If the sale of this church makes them enough money to buy a house in London then they will be very blessed!

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