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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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3rd November 2017 

Design
We are now in conversation with an architect who has done a lot of work with churches and church buildings, so has a good appreciation of our hopes and dreams in using this building.  He has now visited the building, and seen the surveyor’s report, so has a good understanding of the situation.  We are just working through some of the broad ideas for the work which will be required, both to clean up and renovate what is already fundamentally sound, and also to develop the parts of the building which need more major works.

An important part of this early design process is talking through with those people who will be heading up the Big Rocks – those who will ultimately lead different sub-projects and ministries within the building.  We know who some of these people are, and the ideas are starting to take form, but there are still large parts of this which are as yet unclear.  This is an exciting time to be part of seeing ideas grow and take shape!
 

  • Continue to pray that we would be inspired with innovative ideas, to make the best possible use of the space available in the new building.
  • Pray that we can identify and recruit amazing, inspired people to take a lead on projects within the scope of our Big Rocks (and even the ‘Little Rocks’ within those!).
  • Pray also that those whom God has inspired with ideas and creativity will have the boldness to step forward and give voice to their thoughts and dreams!
- If that happens to be you – we look forward to hearing from you!
 
  • If you have your own ideas and dreams for how we could use the space, and how you envisage the appearance/function of the building, then please contact us.  You can send these under the heading DESIGN to phil.hicks@leedsvineyard.org.
 

Building
The legal process is progressing well.  The contract remains with the solicitors, and they continue to tweak the fine details, working up to setting an exchange/completion date.
 

  • Continue to pray that there are no obstructions to this process, and that we can settle on a contract which is pleasing and acceptable to both ourselves and the vendor.


STEPS
With regard to raising funding and pledges, David will be updating shortly on where things stand. Suffice to say, we are now able to progress with the mortgage application, which will provide the balance of funds for the purchase.  Things are looking really positive here, so a massive thank you to everyone who has been able to contribute in this way so far.

As we have said before, there is enormous power in giving – it’s not about how much you give, but the spirit behind the giving.  “God loves a cheerful giver” – and in this case it will be a great blessing to see the project develop over the coming months, and to walk into that building and say “I helped to build this amazing house!”.

We also recognise the value and power in sacrifice.  For many of us, giving to something like this involves a degree of personal sacrifice, and that is how it should be.  In giving sacrificially, we allow ourselves to be transformed by the experience.  In effect, we are putting the needs of others before our own, which has great power in the Kingdom.  God made the ultimate sacrifice for us, in sending His son, and this is part of our response to that.
 

  • Pray that we, as a community of faith, will have confidence to lay claim to the many promises God has given us, individually and corporately.
  • Pray that we will be wise and responsible with all that God has already provided us, and we will remain dependant on Him for all our needs going forward.

 

  • (If you haven’t quite managed to submit your own pledge, you can still do so via the website, 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.)


Research
Amanda Shaw is making great progress leading the research project.  Having tweaked the details of what we need to ask people, in order to get the information we need, we are now just about to commission this project.  We have a company in place, who will be surveying the local community over a period of weeks, to find out what the perceived needs are in the local community, and how we can most effectively respond to those needs, in Jesus’ name.  The results of this research project will directly impact the shape and development of the Big Rocks.
 

  • Pray for open, clear communications.  Pray that through this research, we will be exposed to the reality of life for many people who live and work around Headingley.  Prayer that we will have the wisdom and insight to know how to respond to this, balancing the desire for social action with the overriding call to share the Gospel with the people of Headingley.


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 path.
 

  • Ask God to reveal to you the particular ways that you may be able to get involved now and 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!
 

Phil Hicks


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22nd September 2017 

Building
The fine details of the contract for purchasing the building continue to be negotiated between solicitors. We have also commissioned a building survey, which took place in August, for which we now have the report.  This is primarily an assessment of the condition of the building – similar to the sort of structural you would have done when you buy a house, but on a larger scale.  The survey covers everything from major issues and defects, through to very minor concerns and then lists them according to priority, and seriousness.  The good news is that there were no major issues which we weren’t already aware of or expecting.  This allows the purchase process to continue as planned.  There are various other searches/surveys now being arranged.
 

Design
Now that we have this condition report, we have begun to contact both architects and renovation contractors, to design and plan the next steps for the building, once we have taken possession.  Some of the work required is simply bringing the building back up to standard, whereas some of the work required will be major re-building and development works.

  • Continue to pray that we would identify and recruit brilliant minds and highly skilled people to guide us through the early stages of planning renovation works.
  • If you have your own ideas and dreams for how we could use the space, and how you envisage the appearance/function of the building, then please contact us.  You can send these under the heading DESIGN to phil.hicks@leedsvineyard.org


STEPS
With regard to funding, we don’t currently have the funds we would need from pledges alone to complete the purchase.  We know that pledges are still coming in now, and this is wonderful, but we will probably need to seek the balance of funds in the form of a mortgage.  The more money we can raise ourselves, the less we need to apply for as a mortgage!

  • Continue to pray that more money will come through in the form of pledges.  Pray that all of those wanting to ‘be a part’ of this will have the opportunity to give generously, and contribute to something truly life-changing and amazing.
  • (If you haven’t quite managed to submit your own pledge, you can still do so via the website, 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.)


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 – If this particular ROCK excites you, I would encourage you to consider the Prayer Room small group, which will start meeting on Friday 29th September at 6pm.  This small group will start to lay/pray the foundations for the actual Prayer Room to be established in Vineyard House.  Sign-up in the usual way on the website.
  • Pray for the Prayer Room!! Specifically, we are excited to see hearts and minds fired and inspired in the coming weeks and months to run with the dreams that God has placed in their hearts, to be actively involved in shaping Vineyard House and the projects which will define it.
  • Ask God to reveal to you the particular ways that you may be able to get involved now and 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 path.
 

Phil Hicks


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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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