When Faith Gets Shaken
June 15, 2015It was wonderful to welcome over a hundred people to a packed St Thomas Parish Hall to hear Patrick Regan OBE talk about the challenging subject of suffering and faith. Patrick is the founder and CEO of urban youth work charity XLP. Founded in 1996 in response to a stabbing in a local school playground, the charity now works with over 1800 children and young people in London and he was recently awarded the Mayor of London Peace Prize and received the OBE in 2012. The evening began with worship led by Andy Flannagan who performed songs from his new album “Drowning in the Shallow” before returning later in the evening to sing more well-known worship songs. Patrick spoke about the very personal challenges of ill health and loss and about ways in which our relationship with God can be strengthened and deepened in the midst of our suffering. At the end of the event there was an opportunity for prayer for people particularly those struggling with some of these issues.