With its two university campuses and its historic streets filled with bars, clubs and restaurants, Carlisle is home to thousands of young adults who are seeking purpose and a way forward for their lives. Yet statistics tell us that, in our increasingly secularised nation, around 60% of these will never have been to church or had a Christian friend or had a real opportunity to discover what it means to live life in all its fullness. There is therefore a desperate need, but also a fantastic opportunity, for these young adults to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus.
The Way: Sharing Life in Carlisle
Just as Paul the Apostle put all his energy into planting and growing new Christian communities, our vision is to plant and grow new Christian communities in Carlisle so that many more people can return home to experience the life and love which is offered by God in Jesus Christ. We want to build communities where lives can be shared and the gospel can be experienced so that a lost generation can be brought home.
The story so far
We’re so thankful for what God has been doing through the work he’s called us to do. As well as establishing our Sunday evening worship gathering, we’ve seen the Student Dinners project well and truly established, which now attracts around 70 students each week to experience a great meal in the context of Christian hospitality, friendship and fun. This has led to the establishing of a pastorate where strong relationships can be built with those who want to explore how Jesus is relevant to their lives today. Added to this is a whole network of friendships where we can share life together, as well as sharing the gospel in the context of 1-to-1 Bible reading and discipleship.
Vision for the future
An exciting part of our vision as we move forward is all about the cafe we’ve established in the city centre. This will be a hub of community and life which will enable us to reach many more people with the good news of Jesus.
The Way is pleased to be part of the wider Anglican family within the Church of England in the Diocese of Carlisle.