Read The Growing Family's AUTUMN UPDATE HERE
Over the past few years and recent months, many of you have shared your vision of how you see the church growing and have been praying for larger facilities, often quoting Isaiah 54:2. We are excited to announce we have now embarked on this long held vision and plan for expansion!
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your curtains wide, do not hold back;
Lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes!
A dedicated FEED Project Centre with its own warehouse, offices, interview rooms, a cafe & reception area.
A 'Kidstore' centre to provide struggling parents with good quality pre-owned children’s clothes and supplies.
A Youth Space for our increasing numbers, where they can connect, get creative and live, learn and 'do God' together.
Additional administrative offices freeing up more space for Children's ministry on Sundays and masses of parking!
We’re even looking into the feasibility of having a kid’s indoor soft play and adventure facility as another outreach into the community!
WHY WE MUST ACT NOW
The need for more space has actually become critical. Our children’s ministry is bursting with over 600 children on our books. The youth ministry is going from strength to strength with over 100 teenagers and all this with no facilities to speak of. If we are to continue to provide a first class Kids and Youth experience then we cannot remain restricted by lack of space. Our FEED ministry is one of, if not the, largest food bank in Hertfordshire with over 120 clients a week - and our portable cabin is just not cutting it! As for finding parking space on a Sunday morning, many of you will know what an increasing challenge this is! Importantly, as well as these very evident practical reasons for acting NOW, we believe we have had the 'green light to go' from God, indeed the Holy Spirit has impressed upon us an enormous sense of urgency!
We have put in an offer for the property directly across the road – Norway House. PLEASE PRAY for a successful outcome! On the 23rd March we launched our “Growing Family” campaign, complete with brochures for everyone (available on Sundays) and presented the Purpose, the Point and the Vision (listen here to this and the following Sunday podcast). So now is the time for us all to give financially to turn this God breathed dream into reality! You can be a part of this God story. It will require somewhere in the region of £1.6 million to cover the cost (depending on negotiation) of the building. PLEASE PRAY for all aspects surrounding this acquisition, including planning which will require change of use.
HOW WILL THIS HAPPEN?
You are absolutely key to making this happen. All of us are able to be part of this rewarding venture by giving generously towards it. We are believing and praying that God will release all the amount we need through direct gifts. He is well able to do even more than we ask or imagine! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please commit this to prayer, and make your gifts, pledges (or offers of interest free loans) to 'St Albans Vineyard Church' (referencing them as Growing Family). You can do this online today - all info about how to can be found on our GIVING page.
PLEDGES We are accepting all pledges for this new project! All you need to do is email our Business Manager Gil Yon with your pledge or to find out more. (view or download a pledge form here)
Thank you & God bless you!
Chris and Fliss Lane