At Leeds Vineyard we often talk about the Vineyard Person – about how he/she has two legs, one for compassion & mercy and one for worship & prayer.
So why have we started talking about buildings? Buildings are simply facilities. They provide a practical environment with which to identify the church and from which to do the stuff.
The Big Idea of STEPS2017 is to buy a building so that we will have two, St Michael’s Hall and Headingley Methodist Church, from which to release compassion and worship in Headingley and across Leeds. In one building (Headingley Methodist Church) we will focus on our core priorities of Worship and Bible. In the other (Vineyard House) we will focus on our core priorities of Equipping, Sending, Reach Out (Compassion) and Fellowship. Both will be places of Prayer.
This Sunday will see us launch STEPS2017 and an important day it is too. Not just because we are launching a big Ask and 40 days of prayer and fasting, but because it marks a shift in gear for the church. Three years ago we made the shift from a car-park church to a front-door church. This year we shift from a Sunday church to an every-day church. Don’t get me wrong, I know that we do lots during the week and that we each seek to live out our faith 24-7. What I mean is that our main physical expression and substantial resource is currently only available to us for a few hours on a Sunday.
In the future Leeds Vineyard will be open for business every day of the week!
So please join us on Sunday to hear the story, catch the Vision, to worship and pray and to commit yourself to taking a STEP too. From Sunday onwards you’ll be able to make your pledges and join in the 40 days of prayer and fasting. We’ll meet in the morning for weekly worship as normal with input from leaders and trustees and then again in the evening for Engine Room with time specifically given over to prayer.
If you would like to read more please go to the website, click on “Join In” and then “STEPS2017”.
You can also read up on how Phil is getting on, on the Vineyard House Blog.
The Sunday after (11 June) promises to be complicated! There is the Triathlon and we are holding a baptism service. As we understand it (as far as the organisers have been able to explain it to us) there should not be too much disruption around HMC so we meet as normal. Please make the effort to come and support and honour the guys who are getting baptised and then, if you can, join us afterwards on the bank of the River Wharfe for the actual baptism!
Next Thursday the country goes to the polls. If you haven’t already voted you may find my sermon from last Sunday helpful to guide you through the experience:
Decide to vote;
Decide how to vote;
Honour the result;
Honour one another