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Reaching the Inner City

A year or two ago at Greenbelt there was a discussion about Christians deliberately moving into the inner city. This was in the Church Urban Fund’s venue called The Kitchen. A number of people who had done this had genuinely given up living in the suburbs so that they could reach people in these areas. What we, as a family, found strange about this was that we live in the inner city but feel that we had less choice about the matter.

Yes, part of the reason we moved here was to be near where our church meets but another big reason is that it was somewhere we could afford! We have two part time salaries and we feel that we couldn’t realistically find much else with house prices as they are. This is probably similar for many families today starting out with one full-time wage.

For some time now as a couple we have both worked part-time giving time to family, church and our community. Somehow we’ve never felt that we need to go for full-time jobs. When our daughter was little we shared the child-care and now she’s a bit older we still find plenty to keep us occupied. Though there are plenty of things that would be nice. I guess we live quite a simple lifestyle compared to a lot of people we know.

We’ve slowly built relationships with our inner city neighbours particularly through being involved in community groups. Over the year’s we’ve learnt to love our neighbourhood although we have had our run-ins with some colourful characters and sometimes longed to live somewhere else. We’ve developed a heart not just for our immediate locality but for the whole area and have even launched a work club for local people in our spare time.

Though we don’t feel we’ve deliberately taken a step down we’ve never really strived to take a step up either.

This post has been written as part of the conversation for this month’s Synchroblog Down We Go. Please check out the other contributions:

October 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm
  • October 12, 2011 at 4:27 pmJeremy Myers

    It is interesting that some people move into the inner city for missional work, while others, like yourself, have already been living there and doing this work.

    Anyway, glad to hear your story. Thanks for participating in the synchroblog. Remember to add a list of links to the bottom of your post!

  • October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pmLiz

    David – Thanks so much for joining in the October synchroblog. I love the “work club” that you and your family have launched and the link you provided had such good advise. You are truly an inspiration.

    P.S. Please add the list of links to the end of your post. This is something that we ask all synchroblog participants to do as it increases the traffic for everyone’s blog.

  • October 12, 2011 at 4:45 pmAlan Knox

    I like this… especially the last line. May I never strive to take a step up either.


  • October 13, 2011 at 12:41 amWendy McCaig

    I think that is an excellent point. I know my inner city friends would think it absurd how trendy it has become to move into neighborhoods they are trying to flee. While I applaud those who seek to live more simply and in community, there is a matter of choice that will always separate those with means from those without. I will check out your work club link, sounds interesting.

  • October 13, 2011 at 5:13 amLeah Randall

    I like the sense of “contentment” with where you’ve found yourselves…at least that’s what comes through, even though you admit you might have liked to be somewhere else. I also like Alan’s comment. Amen to that! Great addition to the “discussion” with this post, David!

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