The organisation wants to reaffirm the importance of missionary work that is being done in the UK, and will be celebrating Church Army Sunday (26 September).
As part of its promotional campaign, the group will be working with church magazines across the Anglican Church’s 43 dioceses to highlight work being done by Church Army in the respective area. Local members will work with the church media to showcase case studies and attain coverage of good work in the regional media.
The body has also revamped its magazine, Tomorrow’s Evangelism Today, and will be running various events at churches around England on the day. One event in Maidstone will see a member of the local Church Army speak about her experience bringing Christianity to nightclubbers.
Members of the Church Army come from various backgrounds. The body shuns normal preaching methods of bringing Christianity to people’s lives and, instead, focuses on showing them acts of Christianity. In Belfast, volunteers recruited local young children to show them how acts such as cleaning the streets and cleaning graffiti were acts of Christianity.
‘A lot of people who go to church are middle class and they – quite rightly – give to the work done by missionaries abroad. Church Army has traditionally been a low-key organisation, but the church needs to know that there are all these real acts of Christianity going on at home,’ said Church Army comms manager David Coleman.