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A blog for those trusting that Jesus’ agenda for our lives, is greater than any we could imagine for ourselves.

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Author: Abigail Flavell

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

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

We had such an incredible final service at Jubilee on Sunday, I just wanted to share some of the amazing images our friend David took on his camera. They truly capture what wonderful family Jubilee is. Thank you for loving us and sending us out so well. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6457,6451,6452,6453,6454,6455,6456,6458,6459,6461,6462,6464,6465,6466,6467,6468,6472,6473,6474"]  

Romans 13:7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Ahead of our final Sunday at our current church we are going through the period of reflecting on the last ten years and how significant they have been. Personally, I wanted to celebrate the friends that have invested in my life over ten years. I wrote to a number of them to express

"I do not need safety as much as I need Jesus." This is fast becoming my 'mantra'. I find myself repeating this lyric from a Rend Collective song rather more often than I would like. For a long time I have lived a rather comfortable middle class existence. I have taken my safety and the safety of my family for granted. However, having moved to a more challenging neighbourhood I am having to remind myself that safety isn't as important as being obedient to Jesus. The first day

God spoke to us about moving to start a new church in August last year. Since then it has been a painful but exciting journey of transition. We are now living in East Hull and will soon transfer our children to new schools. In only a few months we will begin to meet together on a Sunday morning as River City Church. I wanted to share a number of incredible things that have happened over the last few months, mostly to record them so we

2016 will be an exciting year for our family. Also a little frightening! This year we will leave behind our neighbourhood, schools, house, predictable employment and valuable friendships to start a church in another part of the city. Whilst it's not like moving to another country (like our friends are doing) for us it feels costly. We are setting out without knowing where we are going, simply because we believe we have heard God speak to us. Right now as it stands - we have sold

When you were in your twenties what did you hope your life would amount to? A flash apartment in the capital? Posh car? Award winning career? I did. But then, at the age of 20, I became a Christian and a lot of that changed. I still wanted all those things but something new began to grow in me, a nagging feeling that there was something greater to invest my life in than just career; money; stuff. Beginning to believe there was a God and an

Not only a great name for a blog but also my life's ambition. Having been a Christian for a long time I know that God has a plan for me. The bible tells me so in Jeremiah 29:11. But my life drastically changed when I learned to TRUST that this was true. I was a typical rebellious teen. Having grown up in a Christian home I had seen my parents grapple with their faith and get lots of things right and also a lot wrong.