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New church space and new members
For a long time we have been struggling with infiltration in our church building. We worked closely with the landlady over a few years trying to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, because the space we rent is part of a small commercial centre and the leakage was coming from the flat terrace on top of our space, the issue needed to be resolved with the centre’s condominium management company, which was unable/unwilling to spend the necessary money to resolve the problem properly. So, despite the efforts of our landlady, we have had no choice but to look for other properties to rent.
With a desire to remain close to the metro and within Senhora da Hora, this limited our options greatly. However, a couple of weeks ago as we were driving home from church, we noticed a ‘for rent’ sign on a building a few minutes from the metro. It is in good condition, larger than our current church space (will seat 100-110 comfortably) and at an affordable rental value. We are in no doubt that this is an answer to prayer. We will need to make a few alterations, including the installation of a small kitchen which will facilitate relational ministry opportunities. The aim is to move in for the first Sunday in March, before James leaves for 10 days of deputation in Ireland.
As you are aware, the number of people gathering at Comunidade Pedras Vivas (CPV) each week has increased (another reason for needing to move). These are mostly Brazilians who have moved to Portugal within the last 18 months. In February, we will be offering a month of membership classes for those who would like to become members of CPV. These classes will be held on Sundays from 9am to 10am before the church service. Then, on
Sunday 1 March, these members will be received during the first worship service in our new building.
Give thanks for our current landlady and pray that she will be able to resolve the leakage problem in her building to enable her to rent to someone else.
Give thanks to God for the new church building and pray that it will be an effective ministry space, enabling us to reach out to the surrounding community.
Pray for James as he returns to N. Ireland for a period of deputation. Pray for Heather and Lucy as they remain in Portugal.
Pray for the membership classes in February and for those who will become new members.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them” Matt 18:20