Summer Update 2020

Like most of us, the last few months have forced us at Third Space Ministries to do things differently. We have worked remotely, cancelled events, and revised our plans. And we have been busier than ever!  We thought you’d like to know some of the things that we have been up to during this unusual season.

Each week, the team meets online to share stories and pray together. Each of our chaplains has offered their chaplaincy sessions online, as individual appointments, drop-in sessions or group coffee meetings. The sports, entertainment and nightlife industries where we work have been hit hardest by COVID-19, with venues being closed and events being cancelled. Many of the people we support have been out of work and may be for the foreseeable future. As a result, our chaplains have been more in demand than ever, with people needing the encouragement, prayer and compassionate listening ear that they provide. In some cases, the toll on peoples mental health has led to more complex needs, and in response our chaplains completed an online Mental Health First Aid qualification, to better equip them to meet the needs of the people they support.

With the local gym being closed, Carolyn has continued her regular post-workout meet-ups by holding a weekly online ‘coffee morning’ and by offering individual conversations and support too. 

We had been excited to plan for the  ‘summer of sport’, but with the Olympics, Euros and Wimbledon Tennis Championships being cancelled, we got creative. Love All, Serve All, our annual two-week outreach to the stewards and fans at Wimbledon was converted into several online events. We have spent many years building relationships with the night stewards, and so we held a special ‘social night’ for them via Zoom. Several attended and it was just as if we were catching up under our gazebo in Wimbledon Park. We also offered free stress balls and gospels to anyone who asked for one during the fortnight and we were thrilled to send those out to people.

Every weekday lunch time, a few of us met to pray for the world of tennis, with some completing physical prayer walks around Wimbledon whilst others did the virtual prayer walk on our YouTube channel.

We ran two online sports quiz nights and held two events with guest speakers, James Auckland (interview here) and Dave Courteen (interview here). James Auckland, who was Andy Murray’s doubles partner, shared his testimony of coming to faith during his career. Dave Courteen talked about his new book ‘More To Gain Than Just The Game’, with stories from the world of tennis, along with his faith perspective. Click the links above to hear their interviews.

Carolyn has been in touch with athletes during this season too, and we are hoping to run a couple of online Olympic themed events later this summer.  Keep an eye out on our social media pages for more details.

DJ Ministry
Luke has welcomed his first clients following the launch of the Soundcheck website, offering chaplaincy to the wider music industry. And the DJ Unity group ran their first Virtual Festival as a fundraising event.  You can watch the Festival here.

Illuminate Soho
Lu and her team have continued to support the women they have built relationships with over the past year in Soho. She and the team have prayed for and supported them via online chaplaincy drop-ins and thoughtful care packages. This has been a positive time for relationships to deepen. Lu also invited some of the women to an on online Alpha course and they have been encouraged to see several women grow in faith during this season.

Going Forward
Over the next few weeks we will be profiling the work of Lu and our nightlife ministries.  Be sure to follow us on social media to see regular posts about this, as well as our next newsletter.

With this year marking our 10th anniversary, we had several exciting fundraising events planned. Unfortunately these have had to be cancelled and we are in the process of re-imagining these in an online format, and will share details over the coming months. 

Adapting the way that we work over the past few months and responding to the many and diverse needs that people are facing has been challenging and invigorating. We have been stretched to learn new things and to create in new ways, and God has been so faithful in guiding and resourcing us. As some charities have had to close temporarily, we are so grateful for your ongoing support that enables us to continue to share the love of God in third spaces. If you would like to get creative and fundraise for us this summer please contact us.

We are excited about what is ahead, even amongst all the unknowns. Thank you for journeying with us!