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Non-English-speakers in C of E to get help from Church Mission Society

02 June 2017

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NEW SUPPORT for non-English-speaking Church of England con­grega­tions is to be provided by the Church Mission So­­ciety (CMS).

Its “learning community” will be launched on Tuesday, and will be aimed specifically at the more than 20 such congregations in and around London. They include con­gregations serving people who speak Arabic, Turkish, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Ukrainian, and Russian.

CMS says that the aim is to “celebrate the unique nature of each congregation, as well as supporting and resourcing leaders to grow and develop their own ministry”. Parti­cipants will have the opportunity to pray and learn together.

The initiative is being led by Canon Philip Mounstephen, who became executive leader of CMS after serving as Chaplain of St Mi­­chael’s, Paris, for five years.

”Our goal is to enable the Church of England increasingly to reflect the diverse nature of our capital city, so that everyone is able to hear the good news of Jesus in their own language,” he said last week. “When a diverse group like this comes to­­gether, inevitably there will differ­ences of emphasis and approach, but we are bound by our common com­mitment to mission and to reaching new people with the love of God, in this great global city.”

The initiative is being supported by the Bishop of Islington, the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, who has respons­ibility for church-planting in Lon­don, and by Girma Bishaw, leader of the Ethiopian Fellowship Church in London.

CMS hopes that the model can be reproduced in other cities in the UK. Many Anglican priests speak lan­guages other than English. The mission-support priest for cultural diversity in the diocese of Man­chester, the Revd Omid Moludy, is collecting their details in a database.

The CMS launch will take place at Christ Church, Kensington, on Tues­day.

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