A Centre of Mission for Aberdeen
The Church Army and the United Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney are together establishing a Centre of Mission in Aberdeen City. The Centre of Mission will build on and extend the work done over a number of years by the Church Army Evangelists Gerry and Jo Bowyer. The Centre will be resourced from three locations, St Devenick’s Bieldside, the missional community Caf4e in the Bridge of Don, and Caf4e at Credo in the city centre.
In September Revd Capt Gerry Bowyer moves to be Rector of St Devenick’s, Bieldside and will become the leader of the Centre of Mission. Jo Bowyer will continue to be based at Credo, the café in the city centre that is the location of a fresh expression of church with Caf4e. A third church army evangelist will be appointed to lead the Caf4e community at the Bridge of Don. Through the Centre of Mission, the Church army and the Diocese will look to resource evangelism in partnership with other churches, including ecumenical partners.
Revd Canon Kerry Dixon, Church Army National Development Officer for Scotland, welcomed this development. “Church Army are delighted at the partnership with Bishop Anne and The United Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney in establishing a new centre of mission in Aberdeen. This follows in a great Church Army tradition of working together to share the gospel so that lives are transformed and those who would never darken the door of a Church Building have the opportunity to become a follower of Jesus!”
The Rt Revd Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, is pleased by this development. “I am delighted that the Church Army is investing further resources into the City of Aberdeen. The churches in the city are concerned with sharing the love of God through mission and evangelism in many and varied ways. The development of the Centre of Mission will support and encourage wider engagement, especially among those who are not presently part of church communities.”
Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Vice President of the Church Army, also welcomed this step forward in mission: “I am delighted that the Church Army has again chosen to support the Mission Outreach of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The decision to share the provision of further ministry and evangelism in the City of Aberdeen can only increase the love and care that is central to Jesus’ message.”
Revd Capt Gerry Bowyer is searching for a pioneer evangelist to come and be the third member of the core team at the Centre of Mission. He said, “This person will help bring into reality a vision Jo and I had for many years, to create a Centre of Mission in Aberdeen, which will model a varied way of making new disciples. In the long term we want to see churches in our diocese grow and if the Church Army team can to be an advocate, to resource and enable others in mission then we will have achieved our goal.”
The picture attached shows Gerry and Jo Bowyer, Kerry Dixon and the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney outside Credo café in Aberdeen.