Plan for a new place of worship in Blackburn
A HUSBAND and wife team are poised to establish a new church in Blackburn.
Senior pastors David and Cath Podmore were born and bred in the town, but left 18 years ago to train for ministry at Moorlands Bible College in Dorset.
For the past 15 years they have led a church in Buckinghamshire, where they joined the Vineyard family of churches, an evangelical Christian denomination with over 1,500 affiliated churches worldwide.
In April the couple moved back to Blackburn with the vision of establishing a Vineyard church in the area.
David said the church would be ‘a 21st century church for the 21st century person’.
He said: “Our desire is for the church to be a place where people will learn to love Jesus, love one another and love the community around us — not just spiritually, but in practical ways too. Just like Jesus did.
“We value the practical outworking of Christian teaching in our everyday lives. As such we aim to introduce ministries which will encourage people to enjoy life as God intended, serve the community in relevant ways, and bring a contemporary and relevant edge to worship and Bible teaching.”
Blackburn Vineyard Church will meet mid-week in homes across the town, and will hold social events and ‘praise parties’ at Mill Hill Community Centre.
There are plans for a regular Sunday meeting from the New Year.
The Association of Vineyard Churches is a church planting movement which began back in the 1980s in North America through the leadership of John Wimber. There are over 110 Vineyard Churches in the UK and Ireland.
Upcoming church events include An Evening of Praise on October 7, both at the Mill Hill Community Centre.
Anyone wanting more information should visit blackburnvineyard or call 01254 423912.