Crawley receives second phase of recovery award from Church of England Strategic Development Fund

Crawley is a town that has been dubbed ‘British town worst hit by the pandemic’ due to high unemployment, debt, hunger, homelessness and poor mental health.

Through partnership with churches and organizations across Crawley, St John’s seeks to play a role in evangelizing nations, revitalizing the church and transforming society.

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The seed funding aims to show a new generation the diverse beauty of the Church through young leaders living and sharing the Good News in Crawley and beyond.

St. John’s Church

The vicar of St John’s Church, the Reverend Steve Burston, said: ‘Crawley has been hit hard by the pandemic. This investment will provide a much-needed boost to all of Crawley as we seek to partner as churches across Crawley to see a new generation know Jesus and transform the town.

The church plays a key role in the recovery and healing of communities in and around Crawley. This collaborative project between the Diocese of Chichester and St John’s aims to increase church membership across Crawley by providing resources to churches for a new level of mission across the spectrum of traditions.

The Bishop of Horsham, Ruth Bushyager, said: “Our vision is to see St John’s partner with churches in West Green and Three Bridges, and on new estates, so that even more people will experience saving grace of Jesus Christ”.

Jerry B. Hatch