Our town is growing. 250,000 people live in and around Reading and that figure is steadily increasing. New homes are being built, as are schools, roads and rail-links to support this. Reading University is growing in academic stature; it attracts more and more overseas students who then return to influence their home nation. Our town is an expanding ‘mission field’ and we get to co-labour with Jesus and bring in His harvest.
But we do face a few logistical challenges: Our 11am Sunday meeting is beginning to hit its capacity (especially in rooms for children’s work); Reading Girls Schools is getting a new building but we have been told we won’t have any onsite storage; Our mid week meeting rooms are regularly at capacity; We are unable to pursue some of the Social Justice needs of our town because we have offices not a community building. And these are just some of the challenges we face!
However, we believe God has called us to be a growing community and that He will keep adding people to us. Having the right venue/building in the right season of a church’s life makes a huge difference to the effectiveness of fulfilling our calling. After 13 years, the time has come to find a space that can become a 'Home' to our church and a 'Hub' for our Mission; a 'Home' where we can gather in and be ourselves; and a 'Hub' from which we bring God’s Kingdom to our town.