Bull Riding and the BBC, What’s Chris Duffett up to now?
Chris Duffett is well known to many involved with Peterborough’s Churches Together and other City Centre initiatives and, as always, he continues to find creative and inventive ways to bring attention to Christianity while helping people understand its relevance in modern life.
Media focus on City Centre Chaplaincy.
The City Centre Chaplaincy has gained a healthy amount of media attention in recent months, and it has all been very positive and well received! BBC Radio Cambridgeshire did a feature on the work earlier on in the year, and then over the summer Channel 4 asked to spend a day with the Chaplaincy filming what they do. This has yet to be screened, but we’ll try to let you know when it will be on your TV. More recently the Evangelical Alliance did a feature on the work for their magazine IDEA which included a considerable focus on Peterborough in the report.
Chris has recently been able to set up a project called ‘Saints on the Street’. This takes place on the 3rd Sunday morning of every month outside the Town Hall. This initiative, as well as going down well in Peterborough, is being
replicated around the UK by other churches in other towns and cities. The aim is to gently encourage people who wouldn’t consider going to a conventional church service to consider the Christian faith. Last year they had great fun creatively connecting the message of Jesus with people out and about on a Sunday morning. For example, on Father’s Day last year, working in partnership with Park Road Baptist Church, the City Centre Chaplaincy hired a rodeo bull for Dads to have a treat, and a card making table for children to make cards for their Dads. They also wheeled out a sofa on to the street with a ‘free listening’ service. If you wish, you can check out Chris’ blog for all the other fun ways ‘Saints on the Street.’ has been delivered (see below). Simon Kaye who is attached to the City Centre Chaplaincy will also be developing his own ‘Saints on the Street’ on the 1st Sunday of each month, and will be looking for volunteers to help him if this is of interest to you?
Please continue to pray for the growing team as they seek to bring God’s love to the city in practical ways. There is an tremendous amount of ‘need’ out there and as they daily meet broken people, please pray that the good news of Jesus would truly transform lives.
Who is Chris Duffett?
Just in case you were wondering? Chris lives in rural Cambridgeshire with his wife Ruth and 3 young children. They keep chickens and love biking and being arty. He is a street evangelist and artist who founded The Light Project, a growing network who actively demonstrate the Christian message.
He currently serves as the City Centre Chaplain in Peterborough, is an artist in residence in Birmingham and also trains others in community evangelism all over the UK. He is an author, regularly writing for Christian Today, and his book 'Smack Heads and Fat Cats' provoked a health warning from Baptist House, while his soon to be published book 'Big Hearted' takes up the theme he has for the year as he serves as President of the Baptist Union 2012-2013.
In fact you can find Chris all over the World Wide Web; here are some links to get you started...