We are delighted to welcome Farhad Chermahini who joins us as a pioneer for Birchfield, St Michael and All Angels, in Yeovil. Farhad, his wife, and their two young children, will move to Bath and Wells from Birmingham, where he has lived and worked since 2000. Farhad’s appointment is part of the movement of pioneering mission across the diocese; seeking to connect with communities, to nurture shoots of growth, to find out what God is doing and join in.
For more than 18 years Farhad led a team that engaged in mission with asylum seekers and refugees, allowing those from Muslim backgrounds to explore the Christian faith. Out of that time came about 600 baptisms. Part of the mission was also to engage with the asylum and social issues people faced; advocating on their behalf, helping to fill in forms and to register with a GP, as well as assisting with basic needs, such as supplying food parcels, blankets and mattresses.
Farhad has also been part of a team which supported 3 church plants, in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. He says he feels a deep sense of call on his life to be involved in mission.
“I’d like to see the emergence of a worshiping community made up of non-Christian residents in the neighbourhood, where I will be working as a pioneer, who will be be connected and rooted in their own community.”
Tina Hodgett, Evangelism and Pioneer Team Leader says, “Farhad brings a huge amount of experience and learning to this role and I’m thrilled he has been appointed to the post. I’m confident he will demonstrate the love of Christ to the local people, be able to relate to them, and create more of the Kingdom in Birchfield I believe he will help teach us how Christian faith can be expressed authentically in any culture”
Fr. David Anderson, is the Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, “What creates community isn’t a group of like-minded people coming together with shared values, belief systems, lifestyle, etc. That creates a ghetto. Community is created when people come together with diverse values, varied belief (and non-belief) systems, a variety of lifestyles but with a desire to honour, respect and affirm one another, to celebrate their sense of unity in the midst of diversity.”