Off and Away…

On 8th July, we’re going to the Blackley Centre, in Elland, for our first ever team Away Day.

As we draw closer to our launch date on 3rd September, we want to get together as a team to get excited by the gospel, and the thought of taking it to the Spen Valley.  We also want to get to know one another more, and think through exactly what church life is going to look like as we Rejoice in Jesus, Love one another, Serve together, and Reach the Spen Valley with the gospel.

In order to help us rejoice again in the beauty of the gospel, and think through what church planting life might look like, we’ve got Al Gooderham, of Grace Church Doncaster, preaching for us in the morning.  Al planted Grace 10 years or so ago now, and will give us a real helpful perspective as he opens us 1 Kings 19, and then Acts 1.  I’ve recently been listening to Al’s series at Grace on John’s Gospel. You could do a lot worse than giving it a careful listen!

We’ll then be spending some time in the afternoon enjoying each others’ company, getting out in the fresh air and countryside (weather permitting!), and getting to know one another better.  After that we’ll be looking at our vision in more detail and thinking through together, led by myself and Derek, what church life will look like on the ground in Spen.  We’ll be praying hard, and then enjoying fish and chips together.

We’re praying it will be a fantastic day of fellowship, learning, laughing, rejoicing, and planning. There’s still opportunity to join us if you’d like to find out more of what Spen Valley Church will be about.  Do give me a shout if your interested.

And please do be praying for our day, and for our launch in September. We really believe the Lord has his people in the Spen Valley, and would ask that you would pray that he might be gracious enough to use us to show them Jesus and bring them to himself.

We want to plant, and water, but our God gives the growth.