From the moment Life Vineyard began in 2006 we have been on a journey of faith doing all we can to respond to the Lord’s leading. God continues to bring many people to join us and with those people more opportunities to bring life to our region.
Looking back for a moment, as we prepare to move forward, our story as a church has been an amazing testimony to God’s grace. He has led us every step of the way and invited us to always make room for more.
God has made it clear that to make room for people across this region and see His Kingdom extended we need to be one church in many places. We have a vision to launch 10 sites by 2027. The Marley Hill site launched in 2017 and already around 120 people have found a home at LVC. We are excited about making room for more by launching our Newcastle East – Wallsend site in September 2019.
We are so excited about all that God is doing and we want to share our plans for the next phase of our journey together. God is growing and multiplying His church and we are all invited to take hold of His hand as he leads us on. Have a read of the 2019 Making Room for More booklet.
We are excited to be buying the Allen Memorial Church in Wallsend. This is a fantastic building and we can’t wait to see how God uses this space to extend His Kingdom and expand His church.
We expect the purchase to be completed in early April 2019. We will then look to modernise and renovate the space using the £50,000 we are inviting members of LVC to give on March 24th.
We hope to hold a celebration Sunday in the building on the 28th April. Both or Newcastle and Marley Hill sites will come together to worship Jesus and thank Him for his amazing provision. We would love you to join us then.
We will be buying the freehold for an amazing price of £250,125. This will be funded with a 30% deposit of £75,000 and the rest via a mortgage. There will also be around £9000 fees and other costs. The deposit and costs will be paid using last year’s MRFM offering.
We expect the monthly mortgage repayment to be around £1250. Using our experience from Marley Hill the annual running costs (Inc. mortgage, insurance, utilities, etc.) will be in the region of £30,000.
The building has been in use up until Sep 2018, so is in relatively good condition. However, we will need to modernize the main worship space by levelling the floor and upgrading the heating system. We would like to renovate the maisonette creating offices and meeting rooms. There will also be other smaller works required to ensure the building is fully functional. We estimate the cost of these works to be in the region of £50,000
Every step of the way Our Heavenly Father has led us by the hand and we have reached up and tightened our grip. Since the church planted in 2006 with a small team of 4 adults and 3 children we have clung to God and He has led us on and provide for us in amazing ways. We have partnered with Jesus in seeing lives transformed, through healing, wholeness and salvation.
In this short video David and Nicola share their reflections on the last 12 months and look forward to the exciting opportunity the Lord is putting before us now.
Back in 2017 We launched our 2nd site in Marley Hill. It has been amazing to see the impact this new site has made in the surrounding community. It has been wonderful to see around 120 people make this site their home. Geoff and Caroline Dawson (Marley Hill Site Pastors) share some of the highlights of the last 18 months.
Ken and Keren Proctor will be leading the new site in Wallsend and they share some of their vision, hopes and dreams for our 3rd site.
If you would like to find out more please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
We would love to invite you to join a week of prayer and fasting. This will start on Sunday 17th March and finish Sunday 24th March . Keep an eye on Facebook (@Lifevineyarduk) and this ‘Making Room for More’ web page for information about fasting.
We would love to pray continually for 24 hours on Friday 22nd March. This will start at 12am. We would love you to pray individually where you are, or gather in smaller groups to pray. Please sign-up to a slot using the doodle poll or on a Sunday morning. It would be great to ll these 24 hours will ceaseless prayer.
You can pray on your own or gather in small groups, wherever is convenient for you. Just add your name to the hour on the google sheet by following this link.
On the evening of the 22nd March from 8pm we will gather at the Allen Memorial Church for prayer and worship. It would be fantastic if you could make this as we want to start this journey in Wallsend in prayer.
As well as the 24 hours of prayer, we would love you to gather and pray. It might be that you invite another couple of people over to pray for an hour, or gather as a small group to pray. Be creative… we would love to saturate the next 3 weeks in prayer. Please continue to pray moving forward.
1. Pray for favour with the Methodist Church, Barclays Bank and all parties involved in the purchase of Allen Memorial Church. Pray everything moves quickly and without issue.
2. Pray for the trustees as they financially and practically plan for the purchase of Allen Memorial Church and the launch of the new site later in the year.
3. Pray for David and Nicola, Ken and Keren, Geoff and Caroline and other staff and leaders as they plan and begin preparations for multiplying from 2 to 3 sites.
4. Pray for the Gift Day on the 24th March. Pray that we would all ask and hear God speak to us and that generosity would well up and all the money required would be cheerfully given.
5. Pray for future sites. Pray for Site Pastors to be called by God and for locations to be highlighted. Pray that we would see people gather to Life Vineyard Church from locations where in the future we might launch new sites.
6. Pray for leaders as they seek God and lead the church in the weeks, months and years ahead. Pray also for the trustees who serve our church in so many unseen ways.