|Wesley Methodist Church|
Wesley Church serves the community in many ways, its situation near the town centre helps but the key thing is the recognition of the people here of the imperative to share the love of Christ.
I spent the rest of the day with Deacon Ruth and she took me into the town centre to talk about the work she is doing here. Ruth is a member of the town centre chaplaincy team and regularly visits the businesses in the town centre. We went into one shop where Ruth wanted to talk with the owner and it was very clear that she has built up a supportive and trusting relationship.
|Deacon Ruth Richey ouside the shop we visited together|
|Internet as the way forward|
This delicatessen and health food shop has recently closed and in the shopping centre there were several shops boarded up.
|Wycombe Homelessness Connection|
Ruth works alongside several partners in the town including Wycombe Homeless connection which is a Christian charity.. This is their centre which is leased from All Saints Church.
Ruth told me about her work with Wycombe Womens Aid which offers safe accommodation and assistance for women who are victims of domestic abuse. An outreach service is also run by this group and, as part of that, Ruth runs sessions called 'Open Door' in which women support one another in the context of the Christian gospel. Ruth has also responded to a need to care for women who are caught up in various aspects of the sex trade including those working on the streets and in clubs.
Ruth's work in all these areas and the involvement of other Christians has led to an increasing respect for the churches and the Christian faith and a willinness from local groups to workwith the churches.
This is the gospel in action.
|Deacon Ruth Richey|