Jesus’ Great Commission commands us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19) and it is clear that the early church’s mission was as much about spreading across the globe as serving their local community.
Throughout the years, sending has been a theme running through many prophecies over our church. Increasingly, we characterise ourselves as a “Sending Church” and our heart and prayer is that as a church we really do train up and send people to all the ends of the earth to make disciples.
And we continue to link with and support these people and churches, through regular communication, prayer, giving and visits.
COEUR DE GRÂCE
Roger and Georgina Eaton moved from The City Church to Lille in 2013 as a young family, an outworking of Relational Mission’s vision to plant churches along the Eurostar line. Lille is France’s fourth biggest city, and has a large student population as well as having one of the nation’s main business districts.
Hugh Pearce was an elder at The City Church before moving with his family to Colchester in 2015 to lead the church plant. Colchester has a large and international student population, and as well as the other families joining Hugh and Claire, many students are making this church their home.
RISEN LIGHT CHURCH
Kev and Lydia Jones moved with their children from The City Church to Helsinki in Finland in 2014, having always had a heart for taking the gospel to capital cities. Their church meets right in the city centre and gathers a cross-section of Finnish and international society.
SHEPPEY GOSPEL PLANT
iSLE OF SHEPPEY, UK
Matt and Helene Spocchia and their two young daughters moved to the Isle of Sheppey in August 2018. Matt was born in Sheppey and grew up there until moving to university in Canterbury 2005. Both Matt and Helene became Christians in Canterbury and had been part of The City Church for 12 years. Over several years God grew in Matt a strong desire to go back to his Sheppey roots and share the Gospel.
WHITFIELD (dOVER), UK
Michael and Selina Yeoman and their three boys moved to Whitfield in September 2018. When they had previously moved to Canterbury it was in the knowledge that it would be just for a season because God had something else in store for them on the horizon. God then prompted them to plant a church in Whitfield in Dover. Whitfield is a village that is going to see huge growth in the coming years through a housing development that will ultimately take its population from 5,000 to 20,000.