‘What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?’ (Micah 6.8)
Central London is in a state of flux. For the last year the Covid-19 pandemic has filled our hospital wards and emptied our streets and workplaces. We do not know how long the pandemic will last, and we do not yet know how its long-term consequences will begin to reshape the pattern of life in our local community.
In the midst of this uncertainty, the central truths of the gospel do not change. ‘Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.’ (Hebrews 13.8) St Pancras will continue to be a centre for Christian prayer and worship, and a place where faith can be sought and found. We will continue to pray for our community, and to do all we can to be a sign of God’s love for all people. We will continue to work for the Kingdom that Christ proclaimed, with its emphasis on inclusion, freedom and justice.
The church, like every other organisation, will need to rethink how it works in a fast-changing world. But this is not a time to be inward looking, focusing only on our own survival. ‘Seek the welfare of the city … for in its welfare you will find your welfare.’ (Jeremiah 29.7) The next few years will be a time of recovery and renewal for everyone. We want to ‘think globally and act locally,’ taking the opportunity to forge new partnerships in the community; to reflect with our friends and neighbours on the changing patterns of city centre life; and to work together in new ways that will improve the quality of life for people in this area and in the wider world.