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A New Home for Revive

IMPORTANT VISION UPDATE

We had a fab time at the Cottingham Civic service today, as I outlined 4 major developments that will affect you in the coming months.

The audio podcast of the talk is here:https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/vision-2022/id942413345?i=1000547338612

Here are the main 4 points:

1. NEW OUTREACH INITIATIVES

• It looks as if we are imminently to be given a small community centre in Hull, to develop a busy community outreach centre.

• We hope to have up to 6 Outreach Locations running across the region by Spring 2022, reaching communities, collaborating with local churches, leading people to Jesus.

2. NEW HQ DIRECTION

• As explained in the podcast, due to our changing needs and opportunities, we are now looking at acquiring some land or a holiday/leisure/farm space on the outskirts of Hull as a Headquarters, to develop a “Hollybush style” revival centre full of fun, food, a House of Prayer, space for eventing and lots of community creating play! We are actively viewing properties & land right now, so if you know of any, let us know!

3. NEW PASTORAL HOUSES

• We have recently been working to put all Revive members in geographic based Pastoral Houses which will be announced later this month. This is so we can easily multiply into smaller regional services at times (See point 4) as well as develop more Pastors. You will receive a letter/email outlining your Pastoral House & Pastors soon.

4. NEW SUNDAY SERVICES (Feb-April 2022)

• From February to April 2022, we will be trialling some new Sunday morning service styles, all at 10.30am:

REVIVE UNITED Twice a month we will gather all Campuses and Locations to a REVIVE UNITED service at Cottingham Civic as normal.

FAMILY GATHERINGS Twice a month we will gather Pastoral Houses in smaller locations of up to 90 people, in venues across Hull & East Yorkshire, to try more informal, relational styles of services, to get to know each other and our Pastors better. There’ll be kids work, prayer, refreshments, seating around tables, more voices and more faces to get to know! Jump in!

You’ll get further emails and mail about all this as the time gets closer!

Keep digging into Jesus.

Jarrod

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An adjustment in our journey!

After a lengthy period of prayer, discussion and seeking God, the Revive Church leadership have decided not to proceed with the proposed 1000-seat new church building on Kingswood, due to rising construction costs in the wake of Brexit and the Covid Pandemic. The proposed £2 million project has ballooned to £3-4 million, and putting ourselves under such tremendous financial pressure, in such a volatile season, seems unwise to us. Many churches that had been contemplating large new builds in this season are shifting their strategies towards buying existing buildings, as a less expensive and risky way forward. We are one of these.

We know this may come as something of a great disappointment to some, but we have been encouraged by direct words from God that have urged us to dis-entangle from this original plan, after enduring the very slow and difficult, decade-long journey, seeking to build on Kingswood. We still hope to have a good influence on Kingswood, with some exciting new, smaller and very collaborative plans being discussed. Watch this space!

The other good news is that we have very healthy savings in the bank towards our new plan, thanks to all your outstanding giving! That’s all still ring-fenced for a new Revive home base. It is our intention to find a Headquarters in Hull or the region that fulfils many of our original requirements, but with a “new era” twist. We need a hub somewhere to hold a House of Prayer, our administration centre, perhaps just one of our campuses, and space for training, coffee shop, events, evangelism and family gatherings. While Sunday’s may remain simple and flexible across the region, meeting in inexpensive hired halls for now, as we flex around Covid restrictions, we expect our Headquarters would be an excellent 7-day hub and gathering point for all to spend time together. 

Pray! We’re out and about right now, looking for Revive’s new home in the region!

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