It’s been some time since I last blogged … in part because I’ve been working on and writing the content for our church plant website, which all being well will go live at some point mid-August. (From then on, I will be blogging via that site so keep an eye out at http://www.onelifeslough.org.uk from then onwards.)
The other main piece of news in terms of what we’re up to here in Slough is that from September onwards we will be moving our fortnightly Sunday afternoon meetings from our home to the new Voluntary Sector Resource Centre right in the centre of town. (The centre will be opening in September and is located at 29 Church Street, Slough, SL1 1PL.)
Below is a little bit of the story behind this move…
Back at the start of 2011, Julian Adams in part of a prophetic word that he brought to Ruth and myself said the following:
“I feel like God’s going to give you a building right in the centre. Okay. I don’t know if it’s going to be, it’s almost like I can see like a conferencing looking building that God wants to give you. Like a big glass fronted building that you will have right in the centre between two communities that God will suddenly open for you. And God says to you “I’ll give you favour in that place” in a very significant way.”
As you may already know, for just over a year now I have been working part-time for Slough CVS – an organisation that supports the voluntary and community sector in the town. What you probably won’t know is that when I started working there, Slough CVS was in the process of purchasing the building next door to its office, with a view to renovating it and turning it into a resource centre for small voluntary and community groups. Towards the end of last year, Slough CVS completed on the purchase of this building and over the first 4 months of this year have been renovating it ready for small charities etc. to occupy and use from September onwards. Part of the work that has been carried out on the building, involved a single storey extension being added at the back.
All this has been taking place right under my nose and all the time (because I’ve not been directly involved) I’ve not really been paying that much attention to it. All I really knew was that there would be office space available to rent in the building – I had no idea what the new extension at the back of the building housed. That was until our CEO called a staff meeting towards the end of April, part of which involved a tour of the new premises. Imagine my surprise, therefore, to find myself in a staff meeting in this new extension, which turns out to be a glass fronted meeting venue for up to 50 people right in the centre of Slough. (The venue is a 2min walk from the main shopping street in the centre of the town.)
Is this the building that Julian Adams saw when he prophesied over Ruth and myself? The truth is, I don’t really know at this stage but having tried to gauge where we have got to thus far in our church planting adventure and seeing some of the advantages that we believe meeting in this new venue would bring, i.e. over continuing to meet in our home, we submitted an expression of interest at the beginning of June. Last week, we received verbal confirmation that we will be able to hire this venue. So from September we will initially be meeting from 4pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 29 Church St – the new Voluntary Sector Resource Centre for Slough. (More details will be available on our website when it goes live.)
Over the next year to 18 months we would love to see what God is doing among us gather pace so that we reach the stage where we have a strong enough core group of people / critical mass to launch the church. At the moment, we see this new meeting venue as giving us the space to gather enough people to reach this point and are therefore trusting that this will prove to be the ‘very significant way’ in which God is going to give us favour.
Maybe you could join with us in praying for this? Or, maybe, God is calling you to join us in this great adventure of playing a part in reaching the many tribes, tongues and nations that make up this wonderfully diverse and colourful town.