As we come out of our Covid restrictions and look into the next season for us as Jubilee, I wanted to take this time to share some news with you regarding our next steps as a church.
I remember a number of years ago Mikey Vayro, a man with a real prophetic gift, sharing about how as a church we were a constantly moving train going from stop to stop as people moved in and off the train for the next leg of the journey. He described our church as always being on the move, breaking ground, seeing more people saved and moving on into the new. This has certainly been the case over the past 23 years.
With that prophetic word in mind, I believe the time is right to move on now to another station. As we have heard a lot over the past few months, God is calling us to leave behind the church from before lockdown to reap the harvest of the church going forward beyond ‘Freedom Day’.
We have been meeting in Macmillan Academy for 18 years and have enjoyed some amazing times there. We are so thankful for what God has done through Macmillan and feel blessed to have been able to use that wonderful facility over the years, however we now feel that the time is right to move on to a new home.
And so after 18 months of praying, slowing and setting aside distractions and asking God ‘what next?’, we are on the move again to a new home; a new missional hub to expand our God-given vision across the whole of Teesside! I believe this is very much part of the prophetic stirrings that we have been praying into recently. “Church without walls”, “scattered people”, “the church has left the building” to mention a few things.
With that in mind, it is my honour to share with you that from 5th September we are on the move again to Yarm Road Methodist Church in Stockton (TS18 3NW). This is a really exciting move and we feel that God has miraculously opened this door for us. We’ll be explaining more over the coming weeks about why we believe this is a great gathering place for us as we step into all that God has for us in this next season.
As we have spoken about many times before, based on the Scripture in Isaiah 54, God is ‘enlarging the place of our tent’ and as we emerge into a world that more than ever desperately needs the hope, salvation, healing and provision of Jesus we feel that this new meeting place is the next step in our calling.
So from 5th September we will be meeting at 10:30am at Yarm Road Methodist Church in Stockton with on-street parking around the church as well as use of the Pub Car Park at the Queen Victoria directly across the road (limited disabled parking is available in the church car park).
If you have any questions or need some help with transport to Stockton please speak to your community group or other friends first. If they are not able to help, let Simon and Gavin in the office know and they will try to arrange this for you.
In the meantime, we will be meeting in person at Macmillan Academy from Sunday 8th August as we preach through a new Sermon Series entitled ‘Home’. It will be the first time we have all met in person since March 2020! We’re aware though that Covid cases in Teesside are particularly high at the moment, so we will have a number of measures in place to help keep us all safe as we begin in-person meetings again.
We are so excited to be gathering together again! Can’t wait to see you soon.
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