5 June 2018
I've written blogs about beautiful feet before. It seems to be a theme over my life. I've become known for being a flip flop lover and relishing the seasons of pedicures, anklets, toe-rings, and freedom for the feet! Over the years I believe that my life verse is Isaiah 52:7 " How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” My feet are tattooed with the word 'beautiful' in Hebrew as a constant reminder of this. The tattoo being something I had done in Ibiza, a place where God regularly takes my feet to the lost, broken, messy and hurting. I find myself reflecting on my feet once again as they have recently successfully taken me 26.2 miles on the London marathon. This was one of the hardest things I've done. My feet have gone through a lot during the 4 months of training, being toughened up for the task that was awaiting them. On Sun 22nd April 2018, on the hottest London marathon to date, these feet were put to task and tested to the limit. As they pounded the streets mile after mile, swelling up in the heat, I reminded myself of the much bigger task set before me: to be a messenger of good news, a proclaimer of peace and salvation. I reminded myself of my reason for running: to raise funds for Third Space Ministries, for all the supporters who believer in our work, for all the people who have yet to discover life in all its fulness. Spurred on by the spine tingling, most wonderful crowds, cheered on by these host of witnesses, I pushed through to the end. As I crossed the finishing line with contrasting emotions of immense relief and great elation, I shortly removed my trainers to let my feet breathe. They weren't a pretty sight. They were hot, sweaty, bloodied, blistered, swollen, sore, and toenails ready to drop! Yet they had remained strong and completed the challenge they were set.
As I looked at my 'ugly' feet, I declared the truth that they were still beautiful. For me the London Marathon was more than a 26.2 mile race. It was symbolic of a much bigger, longer race: the race God has called me to run with endurance, perseverance, keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfector of my faith.
I'm sure that God will continue to call me into places which are dark, messy, unglamorous, painful, but as long as I follow his footsteps, as long as I allow him to guide me, as long as I run after him, as long as I train wisely, then my feet will be shining with beauty.
Written by Carolyn Skinner
15 May 2018
At Third Space Ministries we are passionate about sharing the wonderful news of God's love with everyone that we meet, in gentle, truthful, incarnational ways. And we love to help others do that too. We have written a course to help people share their faith in a natural way in their ordinary, everyday lives. We are currently piloting this course and will make it available at a later stage to deliver in a variety of settings.
Our desire is to expand our hearts to receive more of God's love in order to give it away and we join with the apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 when he says "What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God."
19 April 2018
On Friday 20th April we will be having a day of prayer for Third Space Ministries. We passionately believe in prayer and the difference it makes to our work and to ourselves. We would love it if you could take some time to pray for our work that day. You can come to our base at Morden Baptist Church, or simply pray wherever you are. If you go to 'What we do' then you will see a programme for the day and some prayer points.
16 March 2018
We are thrilled to announce the official launch party for our DJ Ministry initiative. Join us for an evening of music, canapes and wine, as we hear Luke Rollins, our newly appointed DJ Ministry Coordinator, share his vision, enjoy sets from guest DJs, and together celebrate the launch of this new venture.
Friday 13th April, 7.30 - 11pm
Crown House Creative, London Road, Morden
Entry is free but numbers are limited so booking is essential.
Go to 'read more news' to take you to our booking page
23 February 2018
A few musings on Lent:
During the winter months, as we look out upon nature, it appears that very little is happening: no life; no growth; no fruit; lack of colour and vibrancy. But the wonder and mystery of it all is that something is indeed taking place, out of sight, underground, hidden in cases, cocoons or wombs. When the time is right, when the conditions are perfectly prepared, life springs forth in abundance of buds, blossoms, fruit, flowers, new life, colours, smells, light, warmth. But it cannot be rushed. Winter is a time of trusting in the unseen.
As we advance towards Easter and contemplate Christ’s journey to the cross, Lent can sometimes feel like this, a season of darkness and waiting, when the disciples were confused and feeling like nothing was going to plan. And then….resurrection!
God is at work behind the scenes. Don’t just rely of what you see with your own eyes, but trust in the promises of God’s word and the goodness of his Fatherhood.
As you take note of the early signs of spring around you over these coming weeks, may you hold on to the knowledge that God is at work. As you spend time in reflection on journeying with the disciples, may this Lent be a season of renewal and life, of building your faith and seeing beyond the surface.
12 January 2018
Happy New Year to you all! We pray that 2018 will be a year filled with adventure with God and a greater understanding of His love, and a passion to share that with others.
18 December 2017
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas! We are so grateful to God for a fantastic year at Third Space and for the support from so many people. May you know God's gift of love, grace and truth in Jesus this Christmas. "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15
26 September 2017
At the end of October it will be our 7th birthday! And we want to share this celebration with you. Over the coming weeks, through our newsletter and through social media, we will be sharing different aspects of our work, stories, prayer requests, as well as a competition, and revealing the new promotional film. There is so much to celebrate and we are so grateful for what has been and excited for what is to come. To ensure that you don't miss out on our birthday news and treats over the coming weeks, please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter by filling in your details on the section on this site, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are also trying to raise £3000 towards our work. To donate to our birthday appeal please click here
8 September 2017
As the autumn emerges into view, we reflect fondly on the summer of sport that we have been privileged to be a part of this year.
At Wimbledon Tennis Championships our large team of volunteers had so much fun showing love and kindness to thousands of tennis fans, often praying with them as they discussed deeper issues of faith and life, and sharing good news of hope with them.
Carolyn then spent several weeks serving as a chaplain at the IPC & IAAF World Athletics Championships mainly engaging with athletes and team members, encouraging those who were Christians, and being a listening ear & support for those facing disappointment. It was so encouraging to see many athletes from several nations keen to meet for worship and prayer and bible study every day.
The world of sport is a fantastic platform for connecting people with the Christian faith. We believe that God loves sport! We believe in a fun God who encourages us to have leisure time. We believe that he has given us incredible bodies which can perform amazing feats, all of which glorify the God who made us. And we believe in a God of comfort for those tough times when disappointment sets in, or injury occurs, or retirement is on the horizon.
We thank God for the opportunity to show his love in such practical and relevant ways this summer through the world of sport.
2 June 2017
As June heralds the start of summer, most people are starting to think about summer holidays and getting some time out. But for us at Third Space, it tends to be our busiest season with various mission initiatives. Our time in Ibiza has taken a different slant this year. Carolyn was there for a week of prayer in April and Lu has just come back from training some of the long term team serving with 24-7 Prayer. And now the countdown is on for a summer of sport! Wimbledon tennis will be upon us shortly and our Love All Serve All initiative will swing into action. We love working with lots of other local Christians to offer love and gifts and prayer to the thousands of tennis fans camping in Wimbledon Park. If you'd like to know more then do get in touch. And immediately after the tennis, the World Athletics Championships will be taking place in London throughout July and August, and Carolyn has the privilege of serving there as a chaplain. So it will be a busy few months but we love it, especially when we see people encounter the love of God, and especially when the sun shines!