Going on Adventures
We’ve tried to get around to as many people as possible and share this with you already, our apologies for those we’ve not yet been able to catch up with yet.
For many months God has been speaking to Helen and I about stepping out and doing new things, things beyond our comfort zones, taking risks and stretching our faith.
We know many of you have been praying for us over this time and it really is appreciated. Some have brought words, pictures, some have prayed, mostly without knowing what else was going on.
It’s not just people from BFC, but words from Guy Miller when he came earlier in the year, Steve Petch, others at WestPoint and at Commission prayer in October too, even Chris Kilby last week.
The last night at WestPoint challenged everyone there to be people who are risk takers for the Kingdom – Risky Living, Risky Giving and Risky Going.
We came back from WestPoint knowing that God wanted us to take big steps in faith, but expecting, like most people, that it would be Risky Going as we went home, going out into the .
Since then though God’s been speaking to us more and more and His plans have become clearer and clearer so we’d like to share what we know of them with you now.
What’s God said?
After much thought and prayer, and having talked at length with others we respect and love, we believe that God is calling Helen and I, along with Hannah and Matthew, to go and get involved as part of the core team on a church plant.
Newbury, in Berkshire. A town a little smaller than Horsham, about 65 miles away, roughly mid-way between Reading and Swindon on the M4
The church plant is being led my Mark and Beverley Landreth-Smith who currently lead the Beacon Church in Camberley, which is also part of Commission. They planted The Beacon Church in Camberley, 20 years ago, but have now felt God call them to fresh adventures too.
There are others too who are already in the Newbury area who travel to other New Frontiers churches in Reading, Oxford and other places. They have been praying for a New Frontiers church to be planted into Newbury for many, many years.
The new church will be part of Commission Sphere of New Frontiers, so part of the extended family here at BFC.
Mark and Bev have managed to sell their house already and will actually be in Newbury just in time for Christmas. We though have a number of things to finish off here in Billingshurst so will be around for a while yet.
At the moment, we plan to be around here until mid to late July so that Hannah will be able to complete her SATs and finish off her final year at Billingshurst Primary School. It’s likely we’ll be juggling between both locations though by around Easter time as I find employment there and we get our house fixed up and sold.
Firstly because we believe God has said to go and we want to follow his call.
Newbury is a bustling town which, just like Billingshurst, and our whole nation, needs to hear the good news of Jesus. The local churches are already doing a great job, but we believe that God has called us to go and get stuck in alongside them. The leaders of the other local churches in Newbury are already aware of the plans and are supportive and keen to have fellow workers with them.
What about BFC?
BFC is in great hands, full of people with great gifting, with many developing leaders. It is filled with people who love Jesus, love this community and want to serve and make a difference.
God has His hand securely on BFC and we’re excited to see what He has in store next as He continues to build His church here.
How can we get involved?
We’d love you to be involved in this adventure with us
Pray – for us
We need God to provide many answers to prayer over the coming months – Pete needs a new job, we need to have the repairs on our house completed, find a buyer, find a new home, find school places for Hannah and Matthew, to name but a few.
Pray – for yourself
Are there things He’s been putting on your heart, He calls us all to be risk takers – to risky living, giving and going.
Pray - for BFC
This will be a season of transition for BFC as Jon and Sam leave to plant into Midhurst in January and we head further west later in the year. Pray that God would build His church here and help it to reach the community around.
Talk to us – we’d love to catch up with you, share more of what God’s been saying and doing already and keep you updated as things progress.
Thanks so much for your support and prayers so far and in advance for the future on this adventure!
Love Pete & Helen