A Typical Service
The service begins promptly at 4.30pm, doors open at 4.15pm to give people a chance to settle and grab a brew.
People sign in when they come in so we can keep a record for health and safety and contact people if necessary (in accordance with data laws). People are welcomed and we have some notices about our guidelines and giving before giving thanks in prayer for our food. The service begins with a meal. We have roast dinners, pasta dishes, jacket potatoes and lots of other tasty food followed by dessert. Eating together is part of our worship as we sit and eat together with Jesus and in fellowship with one another.
After a short break we have sung worship, a sharing of a personal story/testimony and preaching that is a powerful time of ministry as we seek to connect with God.
We encourage people to stay for the whole service in order to protect the service for what it is, a worship service , rather than a food provision.
At the end of the service, when possible we give out small food parcels to anyone in need.
Our Story so far
New Horizons is an independent new congregation. Our church service caters for people who may not regularly worship or usually consider attending a worship service. It was born from the community previously known as ‘Chill Out’ which has developed into the Horizons community that is made up of different groups led by teams of volunteers and our Community Pastor, Jennie. These include, Celebrate Recovery, two community drop ins, Jewels drama group for vulnerable women who have been involved in the sex work industry and Chitta Chatta, an out reach group run in local hostels.
The New Horizons congregation was formed when Jennie felt that God wanted to do more to reach the people who attend with God’s healing power that sets people free from their, hurts, habits, hangups and addictions. As well as to lead people into an understanding of who God is and how much He loves them and to see the power of the Holy Spirit moving to set people free.
So, Jennie and some people from the community attended a service in Aberdeen City Church called, ‘Lifestyle’ and heard from Chris Lane (author of Ordinary Miracles) of Langley Community Church which inspired the creation of the New Horizons congregation.
A stirring team was formed and we began to plan the launch of the service. We were happy to gain the support of All Saints Liverpool PCC and the Joshua Center who support us with regular training, accountability and financially.
We launched in October 2018 and have been amazed at how quickly the service has become a popular place for many people on the margins of society to come and worship together. We have a dedicated team that is beginning to form the basis of the New Horizons family and people from the congregation are already joining the team and helping with facilitating the service with setting up, packing away and cooking.
We have testimonies every week and visitors are always amazed at the ministry at New Horizons, one person said, ‘this is were it’s at! We need to see more ministry like this in more churches.’. We have two gifted worship leaders and some great people who speak and teach the Bible in easy to understand ways each week.
The best part of our story so far is that we are genuinely seeing people come to the knowledge of God’s love for them and from this point are already having their lives transformed. One member has just entered rehab and become abstinent from drugs. One member said, “I only came for the food, I’ll be honest. But something has changed, I feel different, I feel lighter and I will definitely come again, can I have a Bible please?”
New Horizons, as part of the wider church at All Saints Liverpool is there for the long haul, for the journey as people work with God in our community to see real change, transformation, restoration and healing through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
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Worship Center Kensington