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Updates from Phil Hicks (Project Manager) about Vineyard House - the purchase, STEPS (raising the money), its redevelopment and then commissioning for kingdom ministry. Feedback welcome. 

 

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17th July 2017 

STEPS
WOW!  We started this month with the news that we have already raised over £270,000 from pledges through the STEPS process!  This is amazing, and actually the figure continues to grow, as people catch-up with sending in their pledge forms. This figure is likely to rise beyond £300,000, as we know of several pledges which have yet to be submitted.  If you haven’t quite managed to submit your own pledge, you can still do so by emailing Anne, or as most people have, by filling in the forms available from either Headingley Methodist on a Sunday morning, or from the church office through the week.
 

  • Pray that we will hear God’s prompting and His voice, that we will continue to give generously, and that we will all feel a sense of being able to contribute, according to our own circumstances, to this amazing project and opportunity.

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Building
Nothing seems to happen very quickly when dealing with the purchase of a large, commercial building like this!  We are still in ongoing discussions with various organisations/engineers/architects regarding the structural survey and further development/renovation works for the building.
 

  • Continue to pray for patience, wisdom and guidance as we proceed.

 
Big Rocks
As we consider the building and its potential uses for serving this community and extending the very real impact of God’s kingdom throughout Headingley and beyond, we are developing a clearer sense of the ‘Big Rocks’ which would form the core of these various projects and ministries:
 

  • 24/7 Prayer Room
  • A space for young people to meet and hear the gospel
  • Hosting events and conferences
  • Providing resources and services to support families
  • Facilitating training of various types
  • Providing office space for our own church, and possibly other local businesses as well
  • Creating a safe place for people of all ages and life situations to find refuge
  • Housing services, possibly including some sort of sheltered housing.


Over the coming weeks, through this blog, I will be describing these Big Rocks in more detail to further explore what we can expect to see in the new building, and just what that could look like.
 

  • Pray that, as a community, we will continue to seek God’s inspiration at this time, and that we won’t be constrained by our preconceptions of what can or can’t be done.  Pray that we would engage with the movements and leading of the Holy Spirit to recognise the ways that we can effectively serve the people of Headingley.
  • Ask God to reveal to you the particular ways that you may be able to get involved once the new building is established.  Has God placed an idea for a ‘Big Rock’ or even a ‘Small Rock’ on your own heart?  Firstly, we would encourage you to share this idea with someone close to you, but to also get in touch, and share it with us, so that we can consider all possibilities!


Ideas
I have been blessed by a great many contributions already - If you have your own dreams/visions/prophecies for this project, then please contact the Leeds Vineyard office, so that we can continue to gather inspiration and understand better what God may have planned for us in the coming months/years, as we tread with excitement and anticipation down this new path.


Phil Hicks


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26th June 2017 

STEPS
We are approaching the end of the time allocated to raise funds and financial pledges towards the project from within our own community here at Leeds Vineyard.  This is an exciting time, as the pledges of money go hand-in-hand with pledges of prayer and support - hearing stories from so many people about their dreams and visions for the project.  It is also a significant time to gather and collate these dreams, visions, prayers and prophetic words together to understand more fully the plans that God has for us at this time.  He has inspired so many of us, and we invite God to keep blowing our minds with ideas to spread His good news and effectively communicate His truly unconditional love to the people in and around Headingley.

  • Pray that we will hear God’s prompting and His voice, that we will give generously, and that we will all feel a sense of being able to contribute, according to our own circumstances, to this amazing project and opportunity.

 
City wide
I was very fortunate a few days ago, to attend an inspiring 1-day course with a number of key leaders from across the city of Leeds, where we considered the state of our city now, including the impact of our recent history, and looked ahead to what the future might hold.  Those of us attending represented business, arts/culture, religion, education, healthcare, social services and government.  We discussed various ways that we can work together to improve Leeds and the surrounding areas, to make it a better place to live, work and serve there.  It was amazing to gain a deeper understanding in how cities operate and function – who are some of the key stakeholders - and to consider the many elements/industries active within a city.

Although it can be a little overwhelming, thinking on such a big scale about the place 3 million people now call home, there seemed to be a real consensus across the group, that real positive change which affects the lives of each and every one of us (but especially those in most need) often begins with identifying who those people are, what their needs are, and then empowering/enabling individuals and organisations to make a difference where they are – in their local community.  High level policy obviously has a big impact, but there is tremendous power and longevity in the projects which develop naturally, ‘from the ground up’.  We saw examples of very small numbers of people working together with a strong vision to impact the lives of 1000s of people for the better.

This is our vision for Vineyard House.  It will be a place which enables individuals with visions and ideas to find opportunity and resources to see those dreams become reality, and to start affecting the lives of 1000s of people in this area – sharing God’s love in a real, life-transforming way.

  • Pray that, as a community, we will be open and receptive to the full measure of God’s blessing and inspiration at this time, and that we won’t be constrained by our preconceptions of what can or can’t be done, but we will be challenged to imagine what can be, with the full resources of Heaven behind us.

 
Building
The solicitors continue to negotiate the terms of the contract for purchase.  We are about to commission the structural survey on the building, which is a normal part of the process of buying a building, to ensure that the physical condition of the building is understood, and any significant problems or issues have been clearly identified and understood.

  • Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance as we proceed.


Ideas
I have been blessed by a great many contributions already - If you have your own dreams/visions/prophecies for this project, then please contact the Leeds Vineyard office, so that we can continue to gather inspiration and understand better what God may have planned for us in the coming months/years, as we tread with excitement and anticipation down this new path.


Phil Hicks


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10th June 2017 

Building
We have now agreed the Heads of Terms on the purchase of the building.  This is an important stage in the process of drawing up the contract for the purchase of a commercial building.  It sets out the broad agreement, upon which the actual contract is then based.  We have now handed over to the solicitors to work out the fine details of the contract.   Pray that we will continue to receive God’s wisdom as we negotiate the details of the contract.
 
Research
We were inspired to hear the highlights of the history of Wharfedale and Leeds Vineyard last Sunday morning and evening, and to hear how our leadership team and trustees are 100% behind this project.  We have now officially embarked on the campaign to raise the funds to enable this project to happen.  In a month from now, we will know how much the people of Leeds Vineyard (and beyond) have committed to provide.  Pray that we will all hear God’s prompting and guidance to know what is appropriate to pledge.  My personal hope, is that each of us will all be able to look back a few months from now and say “I contributed towards this and helped to make it happen.  It cost me something, but now I am part of something amazing happening in my community and in God’s Kingdom!”.
 
100% Behind This
We had an inspiring evening together with the trustees of Wharfedale Vineyard, the Leadership Group of Leeds Vineyard, the trustees of The Vine and some key staff members, considering and praying over this project.  It is exciting to be part of something which involves so many different people and groups, who have involvement and expertise at different levels and in different areas, but who are all working together to help enable this project.  Whilst giving careful thought and prayerful consideration to the various elements of the project, and where the Lord may be leading us, this group can also bring to bear such experience and gathered wisdom to ensure that matters are handled responsibly, and that we are effectively being obedient to God’s call on our community at this time, making the most of every opportunity, and seeking His Kingdom Come, and His Will Be Done in Headingley and further afield.

Ideas
I have been blessed by a great many contributions already - If you have your own dreams/visions/prophecies for this project, then please contact the Leeds Vineyard office, so that we can continue to gather inspiration and understand better what God may have planned for us in the coming months/years, as we tread with excitement and anticipation down this new path.

Phil Hicks


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23rd May 2017 

Building
Having had our offer accepted, we are continuing with negotiations for this purchase.  The process is rather more complex than, say, an individual looking to purchase a building to live in.  As a charity, we are overseen and regulated by the Charities Commission, and this provides a robust framework within which we need to operate to ensure correct and responsible handling of monies and funds donated to the charity.  Please pray that these negotiations continue smoothly.  Pray that we will follow God’s leading, stepping out in faith, whilst balancing the need to be good stewards of the resources we have been given and astute business people.
 
Research
We are delighted to have our own Amanda Shaw now leading the research project.  She will be checking to see what other community based research has been done locally in recent years, and then building on this to commission a professional research company to actually carry out our own research project.  The aim of this is to determine what the perceived needs are of the people in and around Headingley.  As we listen to God’s call to us as a church, together with this information from the research project, we will be able to discern the best and most effective ways to serve the people of Headingley in the coming years.
 
Community
We already have friends who are involved with Heart (on Bennett Road) and Left Bank (on Cardigan Road).  We anticipate that these two organisations will be key partners for us going forward, as they are already very active providing a wide range of community services and enriching the local area.  We praise God for connecting us with these people, who are keen to work alongside us as we develop our plans for the building and the future.
 
Ideas
If you have your own dreams/visions/prophecies for this project, then please contact the Leeds Vineyard office, so that we can continue to gather inspiration and understand better what God may have planned for us in the coming months/years, as we tread with excitement and anticipation down this new path.

Phil Hicks


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17th May 2017 

Building
We have identified the building we will be purchasing and had our offer accepted by the current owner.  The location of this building has also been announced to the church, though this will not be widely publicised until the legal process has progressed a little further.

Planning
We have also had very encouraging conversations with the local planning department, who are very sympathetic to our intentions to use the building to enrich and bless the local community in a wide variety of ways.  This is important, as we may need to make some changes to the fabric of the building, which would need approving by the planners.

Community
We have also begun conversations with a number of local business owners and other organisations/charities who are very active in Headingley.  We are very keen to establish good relationships with our neighbours, and would hope that all our future plans and dreams would be a real blessing to those who live and work in Headingley.  Please pray that we would be connected with others in Headingley, who we can work alongside to communicate God’s love in practical and life-changing ways.

Ideas
If you have your own dreams/visions/prophecies for this project, then please contact the Leeds Vineyard office, so that we can begin to gather inspiration and understand better what God may have planned for us in the coming months/years, as we tread with excitement and anticipation down this new path. 

Phil Hicks


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