On the 29th March this year we celebrate the 115th anniversary of The Crusaders' Union. 115 years (so far!) of Group Leaders drawing young people together, loving them and discipling them.
Back in March 2019, some of the staff team walked from Elthorne Park in North London, where the story of Crusaders began, to the Support Centre in Luton. A 28-mile walk symbolising 'the long walk in the same direction' through the decades of running Groups and discipling young people.
We have been wanting to do something like that again since, but lockdown restrictions haven't allowed us to do so. However, this Friday (26th March), many of the Urban Saints Team have again been out walking, (though not all together this time), aiming to cover a combined distance of at least 115 miles. One for every year since we were formed. We still believe in and are still committed to the same mission, to make young disciples for Jesus. And we know that this mission requires a long-term commitment. A long walk in the same direction.
The weather conditions were pretty 'varied' - extra credit to Wilson who walked in the snow on Friday evening - but it was an inspiring experience and we were able to pray too as part of the 24/2 prayer event happening simultaneously. God was speaking to and through us as we symbolised the long term commitment of making young disciples for Jesus.
Next year, at the end of March, we hope you will be able to join us as we invite volunteers and Groups to take on their own 'long walk'. Look out for more news in the Autumn term of how you can get involved.