God has been speaking to our Church recently about gearing up for growth.
We need to do something about facilities because we are pretty well full at our current site.
So in order for us to explore our options we are opening a Building Development Fund.
We have no plans yet.
We have no building we want to buy.
We have not decided to alter our current premises to fit more people in.
We just know we have to do something.
So we called a gift day.
You don't take gift days just before Christmas.
You don't ask people to give if you have not got a clear vision of what they are giving to.
Well we don't know what it will be for and we did it last week: so to hear our Church have generously given £47,916 (with more pledged) was really exciting.
It also means we can give 10% away as we always do, shared this time between our family of Churches, a national debt advice charity, our local Youth for Christ Centre and a recently launched Street Pastors initiative.
International & national mission, national social action, local mission, local social action.
And we now have a fighting fund to start exploring the next practical steps in our journey as a Church.