Eden is an award-winning and increasingly influential approach to urban youthwork and missional community. In a nutshell Eden’s mandate is to go to the most challenging urban areas and share God’s life-changing love in word and action. The really unique thing about Eden is the way the teams choose to live in these communities, sharing the problems of those growing up there and ministering to their needs.
Eden Bow are dreaming bigger dreams.
As a team of 9 who have lived on the estate for over three years we are committed to our vision of enabling young people to:
· Value themselves and others
· Raise hope for a better future
· Transform their neighbourhood
Alex and Phil Hall (below) moved into the area to start Eden in February 2011 having been part of Eden in Sheffield. They have a real passion to see Eden Bow as a praying community of people learning how to take an active role in loving one another and the people around them.
Take a look at Eden Networks website for more stories and info… eden-network.org
The focus for Eden Bow is the Lincoln Estate which surrounds All Hallows. Physically the area combines maisonette style rows of flats with some high rise blocks and a few streets of conventional terraced housing. The estate has a high Bengali population, alongside old school east end families and many other ethnicities. Demographically the area is very young with a high proportion of children and youth.
Bromley by Bow is found in the heart of the borough of Tower Hamlets, in the East End, historically a place of great need with extreme levels (57%) of child poverty.
The Bow area in particular demonstrates the contrast of prosperity and poverty in London as overcrowded residents in substandard tower blocks look out of their windows towards the shining towers of Canary Wharf – one of the world’s most lucrative money-making centres.
It has also been a place where Christians have responded to that need in really creative ways.
Alex and Phil, along with All Hallows, are looking for people to join them on their journey, falling in love with the people of Bow, praying and worshiping together along the way.
You can keep up with what’s going on currently through their Facebook page facebook.com/EdeninBow, follow us on twitter @edeninbow and you can contact Alex directly on firstname.lastname@example.org