Almost 1,000 ambassadors commissioned this Easter across London
Churches across the Diocese responded to the Bishops’ invitation to equip and commission people as ambassadors for Jesus Christ in daily life during Lent 2015. Young and old, and everything in between, from retired, to teachers, night club security, to London Underground, full-time mum, photographer, hairdresser, from banking in the City to students living at home, people all over London are living out their faith in daily life as ambassadors. From St Paul’s Cathedral on Easter Eve to Northwood, to Ealing, churches participated as almost 1,000 ambassadors were commissioned in just two weeks.
With nine pilot churches sharing experiences, and our partnerships with the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and Premier, churches across the Diocese are taking the Capital Vision priority and making it a local one.
Here are how just some of the churches across the Diocese took on the equipping and commissioning of ambassadors over Easter.
Fr Matthew Duckett, Priest-in-Charge of St Peter-le-Poer Friern Barnet:
“We ran an adaptation of the “Hope Actually” course from CUF through Lent, using the sermon slot on Sunday mornings so as to involve everyone – a short bit of input from me followed by discussion in twos or threes. Each session was focussed on this being an aspect of what it means for us all to be ambassadors. All of this was consciously looking towards Easter and the renewal of baptismal promises as our re-commitment to being the ambassadors that we already were in virtue of our baptism”.
The Revd Preb Michael Moorhead, Vicar of All Souls Harlesden:
“On Easter Day I preached on Capital Vision 2020 Ambassadors for Christ in Daily Life, and interviewed Ron Bruno-Snelling on what it meant to him; then after the customary renewal of baptismal promises; we had a short commissioning for all those who wished to become Ambassadors; they all did. About 250 people in total. Going forward we intend to keep this before the congregation – not so much to commission more people – but to remind those commissioned what it should be meaning to them.”
The Revd Ian Dowsett, Vicar of St Paul’s South Harrow:
“55 people signed up and were commissioned at our Easter service, some were away so we plan to keep open the opportunity to sign up. As part of the preparation we have been running a four-week course called ‘Confident: Sharing the Good News’. This was run as a central course and also in one of our Daytime Lifegroups.”
In the coming weeks other churches are commissioning ambassadors at their APCM or in the lead up to Pentecost, and we’ll continue to share their stories.
For all those commissioned, the Diocese is offering a number of resources free, to help churches ensure it isn’t just about one service, but a step in a life long journey.
- Those signing up at www.ambassadors2020.org will receive a monthly ambassadors’ email from a variety of writers, plus an invitation to join a 40 day prayer journey.
- All churches are offered free copies of Diocese of London Voice of Hope with daily devotionals and ambassador messages and profiles courtesy of Premier Media. To order yours email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know more and take this forward in your own church? Visit www.ambassadors2020.org for blogs, profiles, course and sermon ideas, and liturgies. Or come to our next ambassadors’ workshop on 27 June in central London email email@example.com to find out more.
Written by Debbie Clinton.