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Sometimes it brings me so much life to review the things God has spoken over the church and promises He has given us. Recently I re-read a prophetic word our friend Ollie gave us last year. It contains lots of references to rivers and water which in the bible represents God's life giving presence coming to places that need renewing, like a river does to dry ground. "I got a picture for you guys. So I got a picture of East Hull and the river

There is nothing that thrills a church planters heart more than seeing the people who agreed to come with you on this crazy adventure, thriving on mission. A few weeks ago our friend Kathy came to us and asked if she could borrow the church flasks we used to make hot drinks as she was planning a community picnic on the green in front of her home. We jumped at the chance to resource her in every way we could think of and a few

Church planting - like so much of life in general - experiences its highs and lows. The seasons of exciting change and the seasons of delay, pain and anguish. Although I've heard it said many times by Christians and the bible itself, I'm learning on a deeper personal level, that hanging on to God's promises is so important when the going gets tough. The definition of a promise = a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen. A

River City are in the middle of a week of prayer, we are dedicating more time to seeking God and asking Him to change our city and bring close those far from Him. I read this brilliant quote from a book called "Rain from Heaven" by Arthur Wallis and wanted to share it hear to keep encouraging us as we seek after God: "The modern evangelist is faced with two major problems. The first is how to draw people from their homes, their firesides, their

When I was first exploring faith I began to read the bible I used to find the sections in the New Testament a bit bizarre. They talk about people having God ‘show’ them things like visions whilst they were either asleep or awake. (Read the book of Acts). Coming to know Jesus for myself and asking Him to help me understand His ways, thoughts and answer my questions, I have begun to understand a bit more about how he communicates. It’s actually not as

I just returned recently from a middle eastern country (sorry to make that sound so frightfully glamorous and mysterious - I can't tell you which one as it's not totally safe for the people there) after visiting church planting friends. My friends and I met on theology training as our (John and I) journey to church planting was unfolding at the same time as theirs. They have two young sons, as do we. We loved and invested in each other as we began plans to

I have a lovely friend that I miss greatly. The reason I miss her is because recently her and her family moved out to the Middle East to start a Christian church. She is one brave lady. Sadly I cannot give away who she is or where they have planted a church because this could out her and her family at risk. In some ways I'm sure this is how she would prefer it as all the glory and honor goes to Jesus who

I had a plan of how my life would be, I trained as a physiotherapist because I was going to go overseas and work with children in orphanages, the lost and forgotten ones, written off because of their disabilities. I was going to be surrounded by the slender arms of loving children who I’d fixed and mended, I was going to see the lame walk because of my skills and dedication. I would be fluent in at least two languages and send photos home

The season we currently find ourselves in is an odd one. It's neither here nor there. We had left our former church to start a new one, except we had then deliberately chosen not to launch publicly until early 2017, instead taking our team through a 'soft launch’ period. This was with the aim of giving ourselves space and time to work out what River City would look like to those who will come to visit, and hopefully join us in the future. At

As a church Jubilee felt they had heard God say EAST EAST EAST (Part 1), meaning we should start a church in the East of Hull. Then John and I had felt God speak to us as a couple and say EAST EAST EAST (PART 2) to us, confirm we were to lead the church plant and take a team with us from Jubilee to do it. We now knew beyond all doubt that God had a plan for us and that it was separate

It had become fairly apparent that God was leading Jubilee to start a new church in the East of Hull, the question now was who was going to lead it? Who did God want to work through to bring it to life? Who would we send out as part of the team in order to see God's desires for East Hull come about? Jubilee called another prayer meeting and began to ask people to consider if they felt it should be them that God

I've been meaning, for a while, to try to record our journey of planting River City Church. There are a number of reasons for this 1) so that we don't forget what an incredible journey we're on; 2) to remind ourselves it is Jesus' idea and not our own; 3) to list some of the ways that God speaks to and guides His people, and lastly 4) to encourage others to be bold in asking God what plans He has for you. Hope you enjoy reading!   Around two years

As we have been praying and preparing for the launch of River City Church this Sunday, Abi was given a picture by God of sea-faring ships being washed in land by an enormous tidal surge of God's power. She felt that this was God's people (in local churches) being placed into positions of significance in our nation. We believe that River City is part of that armada of ships, and that we are being positioned for significance in Hull and the nations of the

Below is a link of John and I speaking together back in January on how and why God had spoken to us about starting River City Church. Give it a listen if you; 1) are curious about how God speaks to people, 2) want to understand what Christians think about Jesus and church 3) want to know what the new church might be like and what we value, 4) are part of the team coming with us and need a reminder of what an