News & Events
8 June 2017
AGM and Celebration Event
Come and join us for our AGM and celebration event, to be held at our office: 8 Belmont Hill, London SE13 5BD. Everyone is welcome – Please contact us for more details.
26 Sep 2016
JOHN WOODMAN B.Sc., FCA
It is with regret that we record the passing of John Woodman follow a long battle with cancer. John had a unique place in the history of the Mission Housing Association Ltd.
John, as a committed Christian, was one of the founders in 1988 of Affordable Christian Housing Association Ltd (ACHAL). He was an advisor in its merger in 2014 with Victoria Park Homes 1965 Ltd (VPH) to set up Mission Housing Association Ltd to further develop work in housing key Christian workers of London churches.
As a professional accountant John specialised in the work of charities. When difficulties arose on the ACHAL Committee, he confidently turned to the Rules of the Association and applied them with grace and humility. His expertise led to the Association being financially stable from its outset and his guidance on new opportunities and offering advice to Committee members and staff were always valued. His committed Christian faith was reflected in his prudence and wisdom at all times.
He had a special role on the Management Board, simplifying accounts to the less initiated, listening, explaining and even practically supporting some timid first time home buyers - kindness they never forgot. Many appreciated his wisdom and friendship over many years. At the Annual General Meeting, not only did he present the accounts to members, but he was also known to bring his guitar to lead worship on more than one occasion.
He, and his wife Jean, patiently coped with 13 years of his illness, which finally led to his premature death at 68. About 200 friends and family met in Ely for a service of Praise and Thanksgiving in August 2016.
13 June 2016
Summer Event and AGM
Everyone is invited to our Summer BBQ at our offices from 4:00pm. Come and enjoy the beautiful garden, food and refreshments, and meet staff, Board members, association members, tenants, beneficiaries and supporters. Our AGM will start at 6:00pm. During the event, you will hear about our continued growth and development since our merger in 2014, as well as accounts of ministry and mission that our housing activity has supported.
Please contact us or call to let us know if you’ll be coming. It will be great to see you.
50th Anniversary Event
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association, previously known as Victoria Park Homes (1965), and to cement the merger with Affordable Christian Housing in 2014, we held an event at the CCLA on Queen Victoria Street, EC4. A wide variety of guests came to hear how wealth in the Christian community has helped us provide affordable housing solutions for key Christian workers in London. We heard from a range of speakers and the event was a huge success.Please click here for information about our guest speakers, and to see the videos
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Launch of second Missional Housing Bond
On 7 October 2014, The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, officially launched the second London Missional Housing Bond at St Peter's, Bethnal Green, paving the way for further support for the church's mission in deprived communities in London. The second Bond is seeking £2m in crowdfunded social investment for the provision of affordable rented housing for key church missional workers. The launch event also celebrated the success of the first London Missional Housing Bond, which raised nearly £400,000 from individuals, churches and trusts in 2013, and the purchase of the first Missional House in Bethnal Green, which is now home to two missional workers. The Missional House was later blessed by the Bishop of London.Click here to read the press release
ACH 25th Anniversary Event
Affordable Christian Housing (ACH) celebrated 25 years of mission at their annual event on Saturday 10 June 2013 at LICC, St Peter's, Vere Street. The event was attended by 70 supporters and associates and was a chance to look back at the work done in communities across London over the past two and half decades. The time was also an opportunity to give thanks for the current ministry and to look to the future. Dorothy Davies and John Woodman, founding members of ACH, were also present. They were acknowledged for their immense passion, contribution and commitment to seeing ACH's vision to provide affordable housing for Christian workers extended in London.
The Right Reverend Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, was the keynote speaker. In his address he spoke about the housing crisis in London and offered three challenges to ACH based on the name: to be theological in thinking, promote justice in housing, and to be ethical. He spoke about political and economic ethics and challenged ACH to use the next 25 years to deepen, broaden and increase its contribution to housing people in London.Read his speech here
Annual Report and Accounts 2015
Mission Housing Brochure
Annual Report and Accounts 2014