Across the month of October, along with the rest of the nation, we as a Church are looking forward to celebrating Black History Month. It’s an incredible time for us all to discover more, learn and honour the unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout history.
Here, we have highlighted members of the black community within the life of our Church, showing how heritage shapes our journeys as we get a glimpse of their unique stories. We have also included some suggested resources, articles and blogs as we continue to grow and learn together as a diverse and Jesus-centred community.
“I was born in Zimbabwe but grew up in South Africa from the age of 1. And then I moved to England at 25. I never felt like I was truly a citizen of any country because South Africans didn’t consider me as a South African even though I grew up there, and then Zimbabweans didn’t fully embrace me either because I grew up in South Africa. And now living in England, I’d been questioning who I am, where do I really belong. Although I’ve never felt like I was a citizen of a country here on earth, I know now that I am a citizen of Heaven, a child of God where I’m invited, accepted, embraced and completely loved by Him. That’s something I’m proud to be, and that’s something that could never be taken away from me.”