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The almighty God who created everything does not stand aloof and far from us. He wants us to know him as Father and through Jesus his Son we can learn how to relate to him. Jesus said that all true prayer starts with knowing God as your Father. We believe that God has called us to be a beacon of prayer within our community, and in order to encourage prayer within our family, we adopted in 2014 as part of our Vision20/20, to grow spiritually and prayerfully. During 2015 we continued to work on our mission of sowing, watering, reaping and keeping. The prayer group meets every Wednesday lunchtime throughout the year and on the first Sunday of each month we have a prayer breakfast. Our daily prayer has developed into a rhythm of daily prayer using the prayers and cycle of psalm readings from Ffald-y-Brenin as our framework.
Church growth is our second of the 10 mission statements set out in Vision20/20. Church growth is not simply a matter of more bums on seats on a Sunday morning. Whilst acknowledging the importance of our human earthly response to growth, we are still in the sowing and reaping stage of growth. God has used London Street in amazing ways. Our shoots of growth have included Bible study, Lent house groups and looking closely at prayer in the New Testament. We have the Oasis and Youth cafés, the Little Angels toddler group, Messy Church, Friendship Hour, the Memory Tree social club, the craft group and 3C’s. Our ecumenical links are getting stronger. We have a safe hub for those using the top of town during the evening at weekends through the work of the Street Pastors; we have a collection point for the Food Bank; the Portuguese/Brazilian church; the abundant life African church and many other Christian organisations who use London Street church for worship and prayer. And let’s not forget the 8th Basingstoke Scout group who meet here every Tuesday during term time.
We also support the work of Open Doors, Christian Aid and many other charitable organisations.
We have a membership of 100 and strong ecumenical links with churches and organisations across Basingstoke.
Revd Kay Blackwell