The St Albans Vineyard are delighted to announce that, 30 months after launching our Growing Family campaign, the doors to our new building are open! Over 500 people watched the Mayor of St Albans cut the ribbon at our Grand Opening, with a champagne reception, tours of the new FEED Food Bank, KIT, Kids & Youth homes, and an uplifting 'Come & Sing Messiah' performance.
Our Growing Family Campaign began as a response to what we believe God was calling us to do: to increase our present facilities and 'make room' for His growing family. So in 2014 we set our sights on buying another building here on the Brick Knoll Park estate. This new space would enable to us to address urgent needs like expanding our FEED food bank, accommodate and develop our burgeoning children’s ministries, provide our youth with a home of their own - and more! Admittedly a big, audacious, God-sized vision; it began and remains challenging to the core. Hear more about the challenges we've faced, the obstacles overcome and our hopes for the future.
Over 2015 the church rose to the challenge of making sacrificial gifts towards Phase 2, which would cost £700k, and enable us to start making our bare building functional so that everything we’d been praying for and working towards could begin to be fulfilled. We thank God that building works were able to begin at the beginning of 2016. What was this new building going to look like? See the architectural plans and video below.
Ground Floor Plan
Proposed 1st Floor Plan
// ENLARGE YOUR HOUSE; BUILD AN ADDITION. SPREAD OUT YOUR HOME, AND SPARE NO EXPENSE! FOR YOU WILL SOON BE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS. //
Watch the vision become reality week by week.
The Campaign has specifically focused on sacrificial giving rather than fundraising. That’s because we believe God is calling us to yield our resources as a part of our discipleship journey. We’ve seen first-hand how the simple act of financial sacrifice reveals what takes priority in our lives, and has provided us with the opportunity to align our attitude and stewardship of money with what is close to God’s heart. We still have lots to do! We're asking you to let the eagerness you showed for the Growing Family Campaign be continued and for you to prayerfully respond in giving so that we can kit out the space we've built. You can make your pledge at church on a Sunday or do it here today (Don't forget to complete a Gift Aid Declaration if you're a UK tax payer!). Let’s not grow tired or despondent, but take every opportunity to see God release an open heaven this year, praying we would see His family grow and flourish.