For many years, St. Stephen’s, has enjoyed strong links with the local, Brunel housing estate not least because so many children from the estate attend St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School.
In 2012, building on these positive foundations and seeking to fulfill our vision, St. Stephen’s initiated a mission project on the estate in partnership with the Eden Network. A small team entitled Eden Brunel has worked extremely fruitfully with children, young people, and their families, building relationships and serving them in a variety of creative ways, including local schools work, mentoring, homework clubs, and youth clubs.
However, since the departure of the previous team leader, while many of the programmes have continued (sustained by an amazing team of volunteers), we have re-evaluated and decided for a number of different reasons to step back from the defined Eden model, but to continue with our same aspirations for this community based mission initiative.
Our hope is – through long term relationship building with children, young people, their families and others living on the estate – we will have the opportunity to provide a relevant and valued service which clearly expresses the love of Jesus to this part of our community. Ultimately we hope that some will want to enter into their own relationship with the Lord as followers of Jesus and baptised members of His Church.
We are presently advertising for a new Community Mission Co-ordinator to co-ordinate and develop our mission outreach to the Brunel estate.