Blackpool Centre of Mission
Blackpool has some of the most deprived estates in the country, and the residents of the Grange Park estate face some of the greatest challenges. Grange Park has a reputation of having high levels of unemployment, poor educational standards, crime and drugs. Launched in June 2018, Blackpool Centre of Mission is an exciting partnership between Church Army and the Diocese of Blackburn to breathe new Christian life into the estate and the deanery of Blackpool. Matthew Rowley leads the centre of mission, working with Javier Salcido. The centre of mission has established the Hope Community church , the weekly Kidz Klub and a Tuesday study group. Javier's focus is on young people; connecting with high schools in the area and helping the local churches in their mission and evangelism to young people. He has started a youth group called The Thomas Community and is also involved in the Blackpool Deanery Youth Project. Javier is also planning to start a youth running club on Grange Park to promote health and fitness and stronger ties with the youth in the community. The centre of mission also longs for the local church to serve the community in practical ways, and looking forward, they will offer their experience and gifts in evangelism to the churches of Blackpool as a resource for mission and fullfil the Church Army DARE strategy. You can read the latest newsletter from the Blackpool Centre of Mission here.
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