Southampton Centre of Mission
Tim Hyde and Ruth Hills are based at our centre of mission in Southampton. Church Army has had a very long association with Southampton, so it is appropriate that it was one of the first cities in the UK where Church Army developed a centre of mission. Changing to meet changing needs, its work now has the scope to encourage and enable evangelism across the city from a base on the east side.
Tim is based in Sholing Parish where he works alongside St. Mary’s Church, Sholing. This includes running Impact youth group, including fun and games as well as the Deep Impact sessions, a space to dig deeper. They also take these young people on a summer youth camp each year. Tim and his wife Kathy (a covenanted evangelist and commissioned Anna Chaplain) are also involved in a number of community projects, including Classic Cuppa (a traditional Tea Shop for the older community), and the Restoration Project which currently holds a pop-up Repair Café every few months, but has a much bigger vision of a wider community hub. They offer free repairs to all sorts of items, homemade cakes and refreshments and a bike repair service (courtesy of Monty's Bike Hub). There is also a place for people to sit and chat, and a team from the neighbouring Peartree Church bring along Messy Church for the children to get involved in. They have also been running online courses, inlcuding Church Army's Faith Pictures and one based on Philip Yancey's book What's so Amazing about Grace? They also have plans for the Shed Project, which will be a place where anyone from the community can come to teach or learn a skill for it to be put to use for the benefit of the community.
Ruth is based in the Townhill Park area of Southampton, where regular outreach events include: Footsteps, a weekly mum’s and tot’s group; and EDGE, the weekly group for families; a new faith sharing community in the area which meets, eats and shares life’s experiences together. EFC (Extreme Fun Club), is an evening group for junior-aged children. Read more about Ruth's work during lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic here.
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