Liverpool: new initiatives promised with centre of mission opening
Church Army launched a new centre of mission in Liverpool this week.
Based in the parish of Norris Green, the Liverpool Centre of Mission is a partnership between Church Army, the Diocese of Liverpool and the parish of St Christopher’s Church.
Church Army Evangelist, Paul Smith, has been appointed as the lead evangelist for the centre. Paul was formerly the lead evangelist at our Scottish Borders Centre of Mission but he was born and bred in Liverpool. He will be supported by pioneer evangelist, Cherith Collins.
Paul said: “The vision for the Liverpool Centre of Mission is for the people of Norris Green to have the rich hope and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus. My dream is for the entire city of Liverpool to be regarded as a place that the Lord has found favour.”
“I’m excited to see what God has planned for Norris Green,” said Cherith, “My prayer is that we will quickly be able to assess the needs of the community so that we can pioneer new initiatives in the area.”
The launch took place at St Christopher’s Church, known affectionately as the ‘children’s church’ as most of the money to build the church in the early 1930s was raised by local children. The church also has a foodbank and offers meals to the less fortunate. The parish of Norris Green includes a large housing estate in Merseyside with a population of around 18,000 people.
The Diocese of Liverpool serves a wide mix of urban, rural and town parishes through 250 churches in the area. Through this partnership with Church Army, they are hoping to further God’s mission and are aiming to establish 30 new congregations (900 new disciples) by the end of 2022.
PHOTO: Bishop of Warrington Richard Blackburn; Liverpool Centre of Mission lead evangelist Paul Smith; Archdeacon Mike McGurk; centre pioneer evangelist Cherith Collins; Church Army National Operations Manager Neville Willerton and Rev Barbara Smith.