When I first arrived in York in January 2009, I was praying one day and in my imagination I was taken back to a tent at the Greenbelt Arts festival in the 1980’s. Graham Cray (who was Vicar of St Michael le Belfrey at the time) was leading a seminar and was talking about the social action going on here at the time. The funny thing is, whilst I remember that I heard Graham speak back then, I can’t recall the substance of anything that was said (such is my poor memory!) Anyway, as I was praying I was hearing him speak about some of the exciting and impacting social action taking place in York in the 1980’s, which all sounded good. I then sensed the Lord say “the social action that was happening in this Church in the ‘80s isn’t finished, and I want to renew and increase it in this day”.
I have sat on that word for a couple of years, but am sharing it now as it seems to chime with things I am beginning to see and stories I am hearing from church members recently. I think that God is challenging us in our attitudes to the needs around us and calling us to a work of social as well as spiritual transformation in this day. I would ask you all to be praying into this, asking for his heart of compassion for those around us and seeking God for where He is leading us.
Know anyone in the church who’s looking for a job in the world of social action? They should definitely think about giving this job a go:
Homeless Link – Yorkshire & Humber Regional Manager