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01 November 2012

Get ready to 'cross' London

Get ready to 'cross' London

2013 is the year of Crossing London, which aims to unite churches to love and serve their city.

The Olympics, the Paralympics, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have made this a fantastic year in the capital.

But recent statistics show that of the 10 schools with the highest number of crimes in a three quarter of a mile radius, seven were in London.

Last month’s National Day of Prayer and Worship saw the launch of the Crossing London - Mission 2013 which will focus on encouraging leaders, equipping Christians, engaging communities and encountering Jesus.

Since the launch, more than 11, 000 individuals have signed up for updates via email or postcard.

Bishop of Willesden and Deputy Bishop of London, Peter Broadbent said: “We are now in a place where the Church works better than it ever has done in the past. We’ve got HTB and Alpha, the huge black majority churches, we’ve got all the other denominations and the Church of England.

“This is just another chance for us to work together for the sake of finding ways of sharing faith, committing people to Jesus Christ, discipling them and sending them out to win the world for Christ.”

The year will gather churches together at a series of large and small events, the first of which is the encouraging leaders' event Inspire, which will take place on Saturday, 26 January, at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster.

The event will be presented by well known Christian leaders, such as Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Samaritan’s Purse, Hugh Osgood, chairman of the National Day of Prayer and Worship, and the chairman of Crossing London, Stephen Gaukroger.

Reverend Nims Obunge said: “At the dawn of a very exciting year with the Jubilee and Games behind us, London is still in need of a lasting fire that ignites hearts and minds while also refreshing and reinvigorating its citizens.

“Crossing London - Mission 2013 is one unique way that Christians from all walks of life will together give true meaning to neighbourliness as they seek to change the landscape of our city and local communities with the principles of the ‘Good Samaritan’.”