We had a great morning together on April 6th at Gateway church, sharing stories about our neighbourhoods. We had informative presentations from CTL organizers and heard success stories from some of Gateway's wonderful volunteers. Special thanks to Tim Schwindt for adding a creative flare to our presentations, and to all for joining in the discussions.
With a theme of Strengthening our Neighbourhoods, we had a book review by Dennis Funk ("The Art of Neighboring"), an overview of neighbourhood-focused organizations by Rob Hueniken, and presentations by Gateway volunteers (Leslie Damude, Stepanie Ross, and Helen Nash).
In addition to an excellent turnout by Londoners, we also had guests from Illinois, who had learned of London's strong focus on church-community connections. A documentary by Christina McCullough is in progress that will include the efforts of Churches Together London. It's another encouragement of the progress we are making!
A big announcement at the meeting was the start of CCNL's Community Initiative Program (CIP), a 2-year program to build connections into London's 42 neighbourhoods and to work on community development. The Argyle and Westmount areas will be the starting points for this, and include representatives from the City of London, CCNL, church and lay leaders, as well as the ever-important neighbourhood residents. We'll keep you posted on this excellent effort!
Here are some photos of our morning together. Thanks to all who helped make the morning great!