The Glasgow team was launched in Sept. 2013 by six people who relocated to the inner suburb of Possilpark, North Glasgow. The team arose in connection with a church plant – Clay Community Church (www.claychurch.org.uk) . For 5 years prior to the launch of the InnerCHANGE team, the first team leaders, Esther and Paul Ede, had been involved in the emergence and establishment of this church. The new InnerCHANGE team is committed to working alongside and helping to grow Clay Church, in one of Scotland’s most marginalised communities.
Glasgow is the most multicultural city Scotland: a UK asylum-seeker city. It has a rich manufacturing history and many pioneering works of urban mission were established here in the Victorian period and the 20th century. And God is doing a new thing today as well...
It is now a post-industrial city reinventing itself as a hub of sustainable energy technologies and tourism, but still carries a legacy of poverty inherited from as far back as the Highland Clearances and the Industrial Revolution. It is known as the ‘sick man of Europe’ and has very discouraging health and mortality outcomes in its poorest communities, alongside being a city rich in cultural innovation: several Turner Prize winning artists have emerged from Glasgow in recent years and its music scene is vibrant.
Why North Glasgow and Possilpark?
• North and East Glasgow contain both the areas of greatest poverty in the city, but the least church presence and the least number of church plants in recent history.
• Possil has a strong and proud identity at the heart of 20th century industrialism – a hard-working a creative instinct and a committed core of local people who work hard to improve the community in the face of difficult circumstances.
• Possilpark is emerging from a devastating couple of decades as an abandoned place of Empire, following the collapse of its founding industries. It became the heroin capital of Scotland – destroying a generation of men of women’s lives, in many cases leaving their children to be raised by their grandparents.
• In recent years Possil has become increasingly multi-cultural, with Polish, Chinese and African immigrants making their home here, and the establishment of a Nigerian Pentecostal church and a Tamil Hindu Temple.
• Possil has the most deprived post-codes in a city with the worst life-expectancy in the UK.
• Possil has a rich and innovative culture of grassroots projects and initiatives.
What We're Doing:
InnerCHANGE Glasgow – Purpose Statement
Our purpose is to:
Seek the transformation of Possilpark and the planting of Clay Community Church,
by living as a committed community,
who walk beside our neighbours on a journey towards Christ,
and engage in shared rhythms of worship and prayer,
as part of a global Christian order among the poor.
In practice this involves:
• Living in Possilpark, sharing life with our neighbours
• Planting Clay Community Church and partnering with them in their mission
• Engaging in hospitality, befriending, discipleship and holistic care
• Empowering local people to discover and release their God-given potential
• Practising daily rhythms of prayer and intercession
• Showing Christ’s love especially to children, families, and people from a background of addiction
• Demonstrating ecumenical unity in the context of Glasgow’s sectarianism
• Practising environmental mission
• Helping to break down cultural barriers in light of growing cultural diversity
• Supporting Kingdom initiatives in Glasgow and beyond
• Journeying with InnerCHANGE as a global order among the poor – through mutual relationship, prayer, learning and development
• Seeding, nurturing, and releasing catalytic communities and apostolic people into Glasgow, Scotland and beyond