10-year milestone for Third Space Ministries marked in Parliament
Christian leaders, DJs, those who have been helped and supporters of the ministry of Third Space Ministries gathered in Parliament last week to celebrate 10 years of its work.
Stephen Timms MP hosted a reception which drew together those who have been on the journey since the beginning and those newer partnerships and friends. Among the guests was Revd Canon Tricia Hillas, the new Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in the early days of her time in Parliament.
Stephen Timms praised the organisation for 10 years of ministry in places where people do not expect a God encounter and continued in his plea for Parliamentarians to celebrate the work that faith communities do.
A new video, commissioned for the 10th anniversary year was launched which tells the story of how the organisation has grown, with input from the current staff team and volunteers.
Baptist Minister, Gavin Murray who has been a personal friend of both Carolyn Skinner (right) and Third Space Ministries, having attended the original launch at All England Tennis Club 10 years ago, also paid tribute describing Third Space Ministries as changing the view that people on the streets have of the church.
Stories from serving the tennis queues as part of Love All, Serve All at Wimbledon, two years of ministry from DJ Ministry Coordinator Luke Rollins (below left) and working in Soho in the night time economy from Lu Hardy (below right) also featured at the event.
A new campaign was also launched to raise £10,000 in 10 months to help fund future initiatives.
Stephen Timms said: "Bringing people together to celebrate in Parliament is always a joy; and I was delighted to be able to do this for Third Space Ministries as they embark on their 10th anniversary year,
“Hearing stories of their work on the front line was hugely inspiring and I'm humbled by the passion and faith which motivates those staff and volunteers to serve whether it's at Wimbledon, Soho or in the DJ industry.
“It's important that we continue to make sure Parliamentarians hear of the huge contribution that faith communities bring to supporting those others write off."
Carolyn Skinner added: "It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since Third Space Ministries was launched at All England Tennis Club. Being in Parliament was so encouraging to see old and new friends joining with us to reflect back and see all that God has done over that period.
“We've had thousands of conversations in a whole range of different places, from the queue at Wimbledon to the streets of Soho and we have seen God at work.
“I look forward to seeing how the rest of the anniversary celebrations continue."
You can read a more in depth interview with Carolyn Skinner at the Third Space Ministries website.
And click here to read an article we carried on the work of Third Space Ministries back in 2016, looking at 'God in the everyday'