Soul in the City plans to mobilise 15,000 young people from around the UK and other nations in community projects, sports initiatives, children's clubs, and other schemes across Greater London from 26th July until 6th August 2004.
It is being co-ordinated by Soul Survivor, a registered charity in England and Wales. The mission will run as two 5 day missions, with Week A on 26-30 July 2004 and Week B on 2-6 August 2004, sandwiching a SOUL IN THE CITY weekend over 31st July - 1st August.
Delegates will be accommodated in a number of 'tent cities' within the Local Centres. In the mornings delegates will have times of worship, teaching and ministry. In the afternoons and evenings they will go to designated projects within their Local Centre. Evening celebrations will be evangelistic and open to contacts made during the afternoon projects. Over 120 churches are participating.
On Friday 23rd April at 7:30pm, at the New Wine Church in Woolwich, there will be a multi-cultural evening of celebration and prayer for Soul in the City, with Muyiwa from Riversongz & choir, Patrick Regan (XLP), UK rap act Greenjade, and many other special guests. Simon Hughes, MP for Southwark North and Bermondsey, will lead the closing prayers.
"Celebrations are a great time for the whole church, young and old, white and black, to gather together to worship and pray for our communities. The last Celebration saw over 1,100 people attend and was, as far as we know, the largest Christian multicultural youth event ever in Southeast London!" says Patrick Regan, Soul in the City’s SE London Host.
The celebrations have been developed in conjunction with over 570 local churches, and other local partnership organisations such as the Metropolitan Police and Local Government to ensure that they are tailored to meet areas of real local need, and effect lasting social change.
Endorsements for Soul in the City have come from leading public figures, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens. There are groups of young people coming to take part in Soul in the City from as far away as Australia, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Norway and The Netherlands.
Over 570 "partner churches" across Greater London have already pledged their support to Soul in the City. They will lead the mission, generate project ideas and be principal beneficiaries of the mission.