We have just published a collection of experiences from across the Diocese.
This publication, Buildings on Sure Foundations, tells stories of how buildings that lay locked and empty have been reopened through a commitment of time, money and energy from those who longed to see them filled by new worshipping communities.
It also records simple things: an open door, a new way of using a space, a new welcome to the community.
“I was glad when they said to me, ”˜let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
We hope to recount all these in more detail through Capital Vision 2020: the tale of one hundred new and renewed worshipping communities, and church buildings opened up to the communities around them; stories of possibilities in new and old places.
London’s churches are as varied and colourful as London’s communities. They are places where different strands come together, both temporal and eternal: places of quiet and prayer in a busy city; places of history and beauty; places of celebration and mourning; places of splendid ceremony and ministering to the poor.
Churches are also places where international visitors of all faiths and none can connect with God.
They are buildings on sure foundations, built with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone.