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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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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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