Acomb Methodist church celebrated 50 years in its present building, and 270 years of Methodism in Acomb in 2014. In biblical terms, 50 years is a jubilee, and an encouragement to return home, and start afresh with life. It was also the opportunity for us to create a vision for the next 50 years of our church and its mission.
Work to form that vision began two years previously in 2012, with a survey of our community, and lots of reflection on what we do, who we are, and what our calling is.
The result of that period of reflection, is our Jubilee Project. An ambitious plan, to grow in the richness of our worshiping life, as churches together, to serve our communities needs more effectively, to reduce our carbon footprint, to offer a retreat garden space for our city and finally to redevelop our building to serve the future.
We are still fundraising for the Garden room part of the project, but the ramps and WC are in place, the cabins complete, warm and well lit, and we have begun to hold prayer meetings, retreats and plan a series of Ignation weekly meditations in the new year.
In order to understand the needs of our community, a process of engaging with local charities, churches, government and those active in engaging positively with our community was undertaken. Through conversations,workshops and desktop research with the help of a third party professional research organisation, we were able to draw together information on what is being … Continue reading Jubilee Project – 2013 Survey Results
There are several elements to our new vision for the church building. The first is to expand and open out the side entrance, and through landscaping to make this much more obviously the main entrance. This new much larger entrance foyer will include a coffee bar and seating. This will be the final phase in … Continue reading Jubilee Project – The Building
We opened the garden officially in September 2017, complete with new paths, ramps and an accessible WC. The cabins are painted, and services installed, and we are using the garden for retreat days, and it is open to the public most days of the week. Our vision for the rear garden at Acomb Methodist Church … Continue reading Jubilee Project – A Community Garden
Alongside the building development, the garden development and our mission we also hope to create opportunities for people to develop spiritually. We have already begun to explore a greater diversity of worship. For the last twelve months we have experimented with more creative, prayerful and participatory worship and discovered that for many of us that … Continue reading Jubilee Project – Spiritual Development
The survey below will help us to understand how we can best configure our garden to best serve the needs of our community. It would help us enormously if you could spend a few minutes completing it. Either enter in the box below, or click the link below for a new page on your browser. … Continue reading Jubilee Project – Take The New Survey
Our survey in 2013 suggested that the people living in our community would warm to the idea of a Community Cinema, running in the church. We have purchased and installed suitable equipment, and are now looking for a small team to make this a reality. A small core team responded to an appeal on the … Continue reading Jubilee Project – Community Cinema