Beyond The Pew Part 2

What Rev Don Robbins in some small way stands on the shoulders of the john wesleys, martin luthers, who had one thing in common. That is vision and ability to see what was possible, God birthed in these people a willingness to engage, a strength of character to overcome, a stubbornness to see what might be, actually become reality. It began with a faith in a God who loved people and that love is infectious

What I found at the Lighthouse where people who had been set adrift by the circumstances of their lives, and who were commonly drawn to the light from this Lighthouse based at st Georges crypt and part of st Georges church.

I was looking to see what God was doing and attempt to document it. I found God in this place, both within the volunteers and the members of this its community. The God in Jesus who walked the streets the ancient cities and towns of Israel, and met people where they were, without prejudice but with deep compassion.

the welcome at the crypt

What shone for me in this community, was its inclusivity, its christ centredness, its commitment speak of and live out a vibrant life giving expression of what it means to follow Jesus in todays world. The comunity is lead by an enthusiastic team headed by Rev Jon Swales.

Community personified

The above image was taken in November 2018 on a light house trip to York Cathedriel and annual presentation. York centre was filled with Christmas stalls and hundreds of people going on their way. In the midst of this was a local band was playing and everyone except the christians were standing still, it was the christians from this comunity, that saw an opportunity to celebrate, to dance, to the music to show joyfulness.

I remember marvelling how it demonstrated community, there was no them and us, just community, joy, love, kinship. To me at least this image speaks of what it means to be brothers and sisters in Christ.

As with any community there are difficulties, there are hills to climb, challenges to meet. Yet in this light house, nothing was too much effort, as an outsider, I loved the recurring experience of not quite being sure of who was receiving Gods love and who was offering it. It seemed to me at least the camera guy in the corner, that God was present and that was what mattered, whether in the giving and receiving of bread, or the sharing of prayer all of it mattered, all of it spoke to the tapestry of church woven in this place.

The images have been taken with permission from the light house team and in connection with myself at http://www.Lobecphotography.com

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