The HOPE 2014 'Weekend of Mission'

A Weekend of Mission.

As part of the LEAF HOPE2014 Initiative the Weekend of Mission was a time of forest wide community action by the Christian community in association with Moorlands College. There was musical events, family fun days, community clear-up projects, barbecues, youth events and much more which took place in many towns and villages across the area. Indeed events eere planned from one side of the forest to the other and encompasses Bransgore, East Boldre, Lymington, New Milton, Milford-on-Sea, Ringwood, Tiptoe, Totton, the village of Winsor and across the Waterside Southampton. 

Andy Du FeuAndy Du Feu, who headed up the family, youth and community work training at Moorlands College in Sopley, worked closely with Revd. Alison John of the LEAF management committee to plan the forest wide initiative. Speaking about the weekend and how it tied in with Moorland student training Andy said  “The nature of our theology courses is applied, and we take every opportunity to earth what is taught by sending students out. I am also a tutor, and each tutor group will connect with a church community. Every year, students are equipped and sent out en masse [for practical experience], and the opportunity to do mission on our doorstep in the New Forest is one that we could not pass up!"

Over 150 Moorlands students assisted the united churches of the forest over the weekend and many communities were blessed by their involvement and community action. It was really inspiring to see the churches working together for the good of their communities.

Roy CrowneRoy Crowne who heads up the team at HOPE Together - who were the people behind the initial vision of HOPE 2014 - shared at the time how he had lived in the New Forest area a number of years ago and had studied at Moorlands College himself before graduating. He remarked:

“My dream for this year in the New Forest would be that HOPE 2014 builds on what LEAF has begun and that going forward into the future, the Church - in the context of relationship for the purpose of mission, brings about transformation in the whole New Forest region."

For More Information.

Please refer to the HOPE tab for an indepth retrospective look at the legacy of HOPE 2014 plus there is the origianl interview with Roy Crowne.



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