ROC Eastbourne Launch
Over 350 people gathered on October 12th for the launch of ROC in Eastbourne in partnership with Sussex Police, fire and rescue service, the local council and churches together in Eastbourne. Over 30 community organisations exhibited on the evening which gave people a good overview of exciting local projects.
Councillor and Mayor Carolyn Heaps gave a video message of her support and Bishop Wallace Benn spoke about his appreciation of ROC. Other contributors were Ian Fitzpatrick from the council, Martyn Relf from churches together in Eastbourne, Ray Allaway from the YMCA seaside advice, local Street Pastors, Howard Wardle from Food Bank. The main speakers were Chief Constable Martin Richards and Debra Green, Director of ROC.
CC Martin Richards spoke about the Welsh revival when over 100,000 people were converted to Christianity in a short period of time. Judges wore white gloves because there were no cases to judge, and the Police were virtually redundant! He said there are 100,000 active Christians in Sussex and could they have the same impact?!
CC Richards also said that ROC had been amazingly successful in Sussex, with launches in Bognor, Littlehampton and new openings in Hastings and Chichester. Brighton ROC is also taking shape.
Debra Green was thrilled to be in Eastbourne and working with Sussex Police and other agencies to bring about local community action. She spoke about the power of partnership and said we could do better by working together. This has been in case in many other parts of the nation where ROC is working. A new ROC Centre has recently opened in Radcliffe in Manchester. A facility which was previously owned a run by the local council has now been taken over by 11 Bury churches.
ROC has appointed Paul Wilson as a new coordinator and he will be making in-roads in order to ensure the success of ROC in Sussex.