Here’s a wee update 3 months into our church planting adventure, the quickest 3 months of our lives! After getting to know a small core team over September, we felt Gods prompting to get going in gathering. So, in October we launched two weekly gatherings. RISE is our Sunday breakfast drop in at a local school, with a heart for friendships to be built and for opportunities to share about Jesus. We have seen new people from all backgrounds visit us every week from the local community, from as far away as Tain, which has been amazing – we love how something like breakfast can connect with a community. Jesus loves to meet people over their coffee and croissant!
Our Thursday evenings are called ORIGIN, we dedicate this space to worshipping together, opening the Bible and praying for each other. These have been such precious nights, and it feels like these evenings are increasing in significance and will be the place where big dreams are birthed and chains are broken … bring it on! For Christmas, we have a carol service planned as well as an acoustic cafe evening at a local coffee shop partnering with Gateway (The Highland Homeless Trust). The entry ticket to the evening is bringing a food hamper which will be given out to those in need in the city. We are thrilled to be meeting a practical need in the city so early on in our journey, and are excited for future opportunities.
It’s been an exciting few months getting to know the city, other charities and other organisations to find out how we can stand alongside them, cheer them on and join in to serve and love the city. We have also shared many coffees with other local church leaders to introduce ourselves, hear more about the amazing work they do, and establish strong friendships. Inverness is served by some fantastic kingdom-minded leaders who have inspired and encouraged us in our early days.
Our vision is that Inverness Vineyard Church is a place where people come alive, and we have so loved that we get to play our part, only 6 weeks in. Its amazing what God can do with a little, and we know as the church grows and we enlarge the tent, that we will look back at this season of new beginnings rejoicing in the faithful few in a small living room, to impact the many of Inverness and the shire.
So there we go, only 3 months and what an adventure! W e wouldn’t change any of it for the world, and we’re so glad we took the leap of faith. Here’s to 2018.