Looking for Lydia: encounters that shape the Church

In the summer of 2018, Sally sat down to write her and Dave’s memoirs of over 20 years of church ministry in the East End of London. Their memories are woven into a much older story – that of Paul’s missionary journeys in the Book of Acts. The result is a book - ‘Looking for Lydia’ which recalls encounters with people who shaped how they began to understand the reach of the Gospel, the mission of the Church, and their own call as ministers.

These pictures, maps and photos accompany the book.

Copies are available to buy at a reduced prince from Bonny Downs Church office in the Well Community Centre, Vicarage Lane, East Ham, or directly from Amazon and Kindle.

Recommendation from Steve Chalke:

"Sally and Dave love their community. They have a jealous passion to see it thrive. They have resilience which comes from long-term commitment; knowing their dreams of what God might do will take more than a few years of committed service, but decades, and perhaps generations, to achieve. They seek deep transformation in the places they serve – bringing structural changes like good education, just governance, and improving the health and well-being of all their neighbours. Alongside this they have built lively, inclusive, Christian congregations. We should listen to their story"

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Bonny Downs Map 1880

Bonny Downs Map 1885

Charles Howe

4 Children's outing to Theydon Bois 1906

Children's outing to Theydon Bois 1906

5 Adult reading class in the old rag sho

Adult reading class in the old rag shop

6 Tribley family with Rose (bottom left)

Tribley family with Rose (bottom left)

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Rose Tribley

10 Wellstead Road Community Centre 1998.

Wellstead Road Community Centre

13 Singing while we work 1999 (unlucky f

Singing while we work 1999 (unlucky for some)

8 Opening of Bonny Downs Mission Hall 19

Opening of Bonny Downs Mission Hall

11 Church members' first visit to The We

Church members first visit to The Well

9 Bonny Downs Church members (Rose Pagan

Bonny Downs Church Members (Rose

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Building work underway 1999

14 Flanders Field 1999.jpg

Flanders Field 1999

15 Our first (secondhand) tractor.png

Our first (secondhand) tractor

16 Flanders Field restored.jpg

Flanders Field restored

19 Jonny's baptism 2012.jpg

Jonny's Baptism 2012

22 Sally speaks at an interfaith celebra

Sally Speaks at an interfaith celebration

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Bobby Moore Pavilion opening 2009

20 Jonny's baptism 2012.jpg

Jonny's Baptism 2012

23 Staking the ground Lyle Park April 20

Staking the ground Lyle Park April 2014

18 Our daughter Lizi (centre) working on

Our daughter Lizi (centre) working on BV Summer Scheme

21 Flanders Field Community Garden.jpg

Flanders Field Community Garden

24 Mike baptism in the Thames April 2014

Mike Baptism on the Thames April 2014

25 Sally's ordination with Rev Dr Pat To

Sall's ordination with Rev Dr Pat Took

28 Angie gives Dave Quinn the keys to hi

Angie gives Dave Quinn the keys to his flat

Communion in the park October 2017.jpeg
26 RDCC Leadership Team commissioning No

RDCC Leadership Team commissioning

29 Urban Changemakers  Graduation at RDC

Urbanchangemakers Graduation at Royal Docks Church

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Steve Chalke and RDCC Associate Pastor

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NEWway volunteers October 2018

Communion in the park October 2017

BV Summer Scheme

BV Hall