The Message Trust is a Christian charity working to improve the lives of young people in the UK and beyond through work in schools, prisons and communities. Working in partnership with churches and other organisations, The Message is in contact with around , young people each year. The Message Trust has its roots in a week-long youth event that took place at the Manchester Apollo in , Message ' Founder and current CEO Andy Hawthorne together with his businessman brother Simon felt stirred to present the Christian gospel message relevantly to the young people of Manchester and organised a week of mission gigs at the Apollo. A repeat run in attracted similar numbers and led to the brothers being approached by a member of one of the bands involved about forming a full-time youth mission to schools. Demand for the band to play in schools and further afield quickly increased and the Tribe went on to record successful albums which brought international recognition and critical acclaim. The Tribe disbanded in , but The Message's schools work has multiplied with new creative teams to reach young people in high schools in Greater Manchester and beyond.
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Paul Chilvers sits nonchalantly in his kitchen waiting for his pie to heat up. God has been good to Paul. Blessed with intelligence, health and good looks, the year-old bachelor has the kind of job - a research scientist - which usually means a pristine home in the suburbs, flash car and designer furniture. But there's nothing Sunday Supplement about Paul's home. The paintwork is peeling, the rooms are small and box-like and the corner shop, where Paul bought his pie, has grafitied steel shutters to protect it from the skallies who until recently made this part of Manchester's Wythenshawe Estate a notorious no-go area for the police. In the past Wythenshawe's Haveley Circle was a nightly treat for teenage joy riders. Now the joy riders have gone and bollards keep traffic outside Paul's house to a crawl. The largest housing estate in Europe, Wythenshawe was in the past a bi-word for every kind of inner city problem - vandalism, drugs, alcoholism, vice, unemployment and virulent crime. Now that's beginning to change, thanks to the Eden Project, a unique initiative set up by Message To Schools in conjunction with a local Wythenshawe church, the Kings Church. Through the Project, Christians like Paul have turned their backs on the attractions of homes in the suburbs; lock up garages and middle class trappings to relocate to streets where hundreds of homes were previously abandoned because nobody wanted to live there.
We send and support teams of urban missionaries for these places — to live sacrificially, share the gospel and build authentic community. Belonging to an Eden team is for people from all walks of life. Emily, Pete and Ellie were all living at home, just out of school, plugged into their local churches before they joined Eden as university students. They share their stories… Read More Read More Before moving to Falinge, we were working as youth and kids workers for our local church in Rochdale. As most of the young people were moving on to university or elsewhere, that gradually slowed down and came to an end quite naturally, so we started to think about what was next for us. Find out more at message. Skip to content. The places in greatest need of the transforming power of Jesus are often the places where the church is in decline We send and support teams of urban missionaries for these places — to live sacrificially, share the gospel and build authentic community.
The places in greatest need of transforming power of Jesus are often the places where the church is in decline. Eden volunteers make their homes in poor neighbourhoods, sharing their lives and the gospel. Aspiration and achievement grow as young people are mentored and become disciples of Jesus. The atmosphere changes, leaders are raised, and communities are changed for good. We provide freshly cooked meals free of charge and the kids had lots of fun. The feedback from families was so positive and many came along to church, despite belonging to different faiths. It was a great time of building relationships within the community. He opened up and told me how his benefits had been sanctioned. He had food but no electricity. He was overwhelmed by this gesture and beamed with hope!