Susanna Wesley House is new mission initiative which has been launched in Derby city centre.
Following the closure of the Methodist city centre church, Queen’s Hall, the Derby Circuit bought a house in Castleward, a developing new “urban village” in the heart of the city. This has been named Susanna Wesley House (SWH), and hopes to be a centre of fellowship and spirituality for those who live, work and play in Derby City Centre.
Susanna Wesley was the mother of John and Charles Wesley. Find out why the house was named after her by clicking here.
THESE ARE PICTURES OF SOME OF THE SUSANNA WESLEY HOUSE ACTIVITIES
Will You Pray With Us?
Prayer is the essential foundation for the work of Susanna Wesley House and the City Centre Initiative. We meet for prayers every Thursday from 12noon followed by a light lunch. Some weeks we follow a set liturgy, whilst other weeks are more open prayer. All are welcome to join us, whether you are familiar with praying or not.
We pray each week for the local area and for people in particular need. If you have anything you would like us to remember in prayer, please contact Ali.
Would You Like To Help In This Initiative?
We are keen to work alongside others to develop the work at Susanna Wesley House.
At present we are considering hosting meals for asylum seekers, hosting an open house for local women and bringing people together to watch TV shows. Other groups that we are thinking about working with include those who are homeless, people who identify as LGBTQ+, victims and survivors of abuse, young people and students.
If you are able to help with any of these or feel you would like to be involved in any other way, please contact Angela.
On Holy Saturday, a team of four gave out over 150 hot cross buns and 75 Gift of Easter booklets to passers by Liversage Square. We had some good conversations with neighbours and those walking between the train station and city centre. It was also a good chance to meet those working in a couple of the nearby shops who came to find out what we were up to.
This is just one of the ways we are seeking to bless our local community and we are already thinking about how we can bless people at other times of year. We hope to make the most of Christian festivals including Pentecost, Harvest and Christmas, as well as other times of year such as Remembrance Day and Mother’s and Father’s Days.
Introducing Ali Stacey-Chapman
At the end of November, Alison Stacey-Chapman moved into Liversage Square to be our new Pioneer Missioner at Susanna Wesley House. Ali comes originally from Middlesbrough and studied History and Politics at Durham University. She has been a street pastor, and worked in a domestic abuse hostel. For the last four years she has worked for Richmond and Hounslow Methodist Circuit in west London, firstly as a Lay Pastor and then as an Urban Missioner. She says that she is very much looking forward to serving God with us in Derby city centre.
Ali started work on Monday 4th December. We will officially welcome her at a Circuit Service at Osmaston Rd Baptist Church, 6.30pm on Monday 12 February.