Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Tribute to Two Friends

Yesterday was marked by two celebrations of two friends.

The first celebration was for the life of Lynne Bennett - a lady who dedicated the last 30 years to selfless service on behalf of the Stepney community. Best known for her part in starting and then running Stepping Stones Farm, almost entirely on a voluntary basis - 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year - Lynne was a true community champion. We in hope:asha only knew her for the last 5 years or so - but she was an inspiration to us all. We thanked God for her during the funeral yesterday and we pray that the farm will continue to be a living testimony to her generosity and service to Stepney.

The second celebration was an award given to Ishaque Uddin by Tower Hamlets Council for the work he has done over the past few years with the Stepney Father's Group and in the Stepney community. We have worked closely with Ishaque on a number of interfaith events, progammes to tackle issues of drugs on the Ocean Estate and even the odd badminton tournament. We were proud to witness him up there receiving his award at the Town Hall and pray for him in all the work he is involved with.

Monday, January 26, 2009

新年快乐

A few us met together on Saturday to celebrate Chinese New Year. We took at trip in to China Town and enjoyed a dim sum brunch. Thanks to Jason (Haizhong) and Jojo (Xiongjun) for organising!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Good Neighbours Prayer Cloud

After a hard morning's work at Good Neigbours yesterday, spent clearing up Stepping Stones Farm, we engaged in some post-lunch prayer. Together we came up with a unique prayer cloud - created by Wordle.net. See it below!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Diary January - April

The diary for the next quarter can be downloaded here. We've got a pancake party, Mothers' Day breakfast, walk in Epping Forest as well as all the regular stuff to look forward to!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Kolapata

When the head of the UK Salvation Army came to visit recently we had a taste of historical and contemporary East End life. For the uninitiated, the Salvation Army was founded by William and Catherine Booth on Mile End Waste (now Mile End Road) in 1865. Today there is a statue of General Booth that marks the spot. Interestingly, we also discovered that the first UK headquarters of the SA was about 100 yards away on Whitechapel Road now housing a Bangladeshi curry house called Kolapata. So that's where we went for lunch when the Territorial Commander came to visit. The food was pretty good and the staff friendly. And good value too!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

2008 in photos

Happy new year! Now we've begun 2009 it's exciting to think about what may lie ahead. Looking back, too, is a good exercise - remembering what we did together, the different people involved and thanking God for his presence with us. We've compiled some of our favourite photos capturing our best moments of 2008, which can be viewed below. Enjoy!