Street Church is Building Relationships in Downtown Hampton, Virginia

Jim Moynihan – One Church – VA

In an effort to introduce ABCD principles and to conduct listening and convening events is downtown Hampton, Virginia we are conducting a weekly Street Church ministry on Sunday evenings. The residents and staff of this very needy community have received us well. We are building relationships of trust as we seek to transition this ministry to being a with effort.

Steve Edwards and I have continued to build relationships with several churches and ministries serving the Downtown community of Hampton, Virginia as well as with the residents of the Harbor Square apartments and their surrounding neighborhood.

The to/for ministry we have begun, in the hopes of introducing ABCD, is a Street Church ministry conducted on the property of the Harbor Square Apartment facility. This is a low income area that has many difficult issues they deal with continuously, including high crime and poverty.

The seven surrounding Christian churches, which are all within walking distance of the apartments, have been either unwilling or unable to build relationships with this community. Through the Street Church ministry two of these churches, along with several churches from outside of this community, have started to make connections with the management and the residents living there.

Steve and I are attending local ministerial gatherings to get acquainted with area ministers and to introduce the concept of ABCD. We are sharing the principles of ABCD in person, on a local radio program hosted by someone from the community, and through “What is ABCD?” group meetings.

Those who are partnering with us to make Street Church happen are concerned that the progress weʼve made to date will fizzle when the weather changes at the end of the summer. We are encouraging them to learn how to apply ABCD principles as we conduct Street Church. We are also working with them to plan listening and convening events with the stakeholders and residents
of the Harbor Square neighborhood.

Steve and Denise Edwards Denise serves lunches 3 days each week to the hungry of downtown Hampton.