London City Mission Trip, June 2011

London City Mission is a Christian organisation working with the homeless, running cafes to support local communities and seeking creative and practical ways to share the Christian faith with the multicultural communities living in London.

We got a train at 6.50am and began the day with a meeting with the chaplain to the railways. We then met some of the staff team at London City Mission who got us thinking about homelessness and some of the issues and challenges faced by homeless people and those seeking to support them. After this and a trip on the underground we walked across London Bridge to see the sights and hopped onto the Monorail which took us to the Isle of Dogs where we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Missions café. Here the Christian team offer art classes, internet lessons, someone to chat to ‘Halal’ food and lots of children’s activities for the local community. 

A walk round Asda showed us the cultural diversity of the area and we heard about some of the joys and challenges of life in London. In the afternoon we travelled in a very congested tube train to Covent garden where we sampled the local entertainment and explored the area before having our evening meal on Paddington station and getting the train back at 10.00pm after a brilliant day! For some of the group it was their first trip on a train and others the first time visiting London and we all learnt loads and had a great day.

The photos were taken by Chris, Milo and Ryan - who are in a lot of them!