Sister Jane Emson of the Church Army is a Multiply Minister based at Thorntree and Brambles Farm, Middlesbrough, and will be ordained Deacon at the end of September this year. In August she wrote about her first few months in post, working towards building a new worshipping community in one of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods:
“I began by going out with Fr Terry Leathley and his Coffee van three mornings a week. It’s where we park the van in different parts of the estates and give out free coffee to people in the local community, with a stamp on the side saying ‘Given with God’s love’.
“In doing this it not only enabled me to be present but also form some good relationships. One in particular was with a guy called L who had recently come out of prison where he told me he had spent most of his life and he told me that he gave his life to Jesus just a few weeks before his release. He said that he would like to help me set up a church and that he wanted to share his faith.