As I had mentioned, All Saints had been told that this autumn we would have to move from Heilige Geest Kerk, which has been our home since December 2015. We have been very blessed to have had access and use of that church building for our Sunday and midweek activities. As you know we have been searching, and you have been praying. In July, we believe the Lord led us to the right home for the present time. It is a community centre – called Nieuwe Erven.
It is about 5 minutes walk from Heilige Geest Kerk. Here is the website: nieuweerven.nl
The organisers have warmly welcomed us. It allows us to meet on a Sunday morning at our usual time – which was an issue preventing us from other church buildings. It holds up 120 people which is a little larger than our current size. It has a smaller separate building which we can use for our children’s work which will offer some new exciting possibilities. It offers good potential for our local mission work as the Nieuwe Erven, through its volunteers, hosts or does quite a lot of community based work, and there may be a way to get involved in that work. And it has a well equipped kitchen – for the all important coffee and cake! If you had asked us – a year ago – where the Lord may lead us – we would not have imagined this outcome. But we know the Lord has led us there.
We have agreed an initial 12 month contract. We see the Nieuwe Erven as our home but a temporary one. So we will seriously consider any church buildings that do become available – but of course, we will only move again when we have found the right church building suitable for our vision and needs.
Our final service at Heilige Geest Kerk will be on Sunday 15th October. Our first service at Nieuwe Erven – the following week, on 22nd October.
We thank you for how you have prayed for us and with us for a venue. Your prayers have been answered. We’d ask your prayers for two particular things:
- Our move to go well and smoothly, and that Nieuwe Erven would become quickly a new home for us.
- Storage, it looks likely we may not have storage room on site, but we pray for the Lord to provide a way to have most of our necessary items onsite.
Reverend Grant Crowe