New church set to be launched in Norwich 

HowesMcHenry450A new church with a difference is set to be launched in a new community centre in Cringleford near Norwich on Sunday March 23.

 
Living Stones Christian Fellowship will be led by Alan and Lindsay Howes together with Paul McHenry who say that they feel a calling to start a church fellowship group to reach the new Roundhouse development in Cringleford, Eaton and beyond. 
 
“Just out of the blue one day it was as if the Lord said to us that He wanted us to plant a new fellowship,” said Alan. “How, when and where we had no idea, but as we have prayed and sought the Lord the doors of opportunity have been literally swinging open.”
 
“We feel really blessed to have been led to the new Willow community centre in Cringleford which is a fantastic multi-purpose centre with brand new facilities and is spacious both inside and out, with real opportunities to reach out to residents and those living city-wide,” said Paul.
 
The name Living Stones comes from 1 Peter 2 v5 where believers, called living stones, are being built into a holy temple or spiritual house.

“We feel very excited and challenged and sense from God the expectancy rising,” said Paul. “We are not setting up yet ‘another’ church because there is only “one church” but we are just one of many fellowships across Norwich, and even though we may have a different style and emphasis, we would always encourage fellowship with other believers and other leaders across the city.”
 
“Our format differs to most traditional style churches,” said Alan. “There isn’t one person leading the worship, for example, but all have the opportunity to bring a song and play an instrument if they so feel led. There are opportunities for open participation to pray, bring a scripture, revelation, tongue and interpretation and to ask or comment on anything concerning the teaching that is brought. And yet with this openness of fellowship we encourage everything to be done decently and in order as the Scripture commands,” he said.
 
WillowCentre450Over the years, Alan, Lindsay and Paul have all been involved in different streams of Christian fellowship with varying degrees of responsibility and also different ways of doing church. Much of that experience will be utilised in this new venture as they bring their different experiences and gifting together they say.
 
“We see two things as very important amongst many other things,” said Alan; the teaching of the Word of God and the participation of all believers.
 
“It seems clear from scripture that the early believers continued in the Apostles’ doctrine and that the whole church had the opportunity to participate. This is what Living Stones wants to be known for. The Holy Spirit needs to be active in both these things if indeed we are to be ‘living’ stones and not dead, dry stones,” he said.
 
Living Stones Christian Fellowship’s first gathering will be on March 23 at 10.15 – 12.30pm at The Willow Centre, Willowcroft Way, Cringleford, Norwich
NR4 7JJ.
 
On the fourth Sunday of every month they will have a “Bring & Share” fellowship meal beginning on April 27.
 
You can contact the church at admin@livingstoneschristianfellowship.org.uk or Alan on 07770 907046 or Paul on 07832 026622
 
www.livingstoneschristianfellowship.org.uk

Pictured from L to R Lindsay Howes, Leila Howes, Alan Howes, Gabriella Howes, Paul McHenry and the Willow Centre.
 
Feedback:
Alan Connell 13/03/2014 12:15
Our prayers are with you all as you take this “step of faith”.The plans have been laid; On March 23rd the journey begins.

“The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth--
He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do”.
(Psalm 33 11.15)

You have taken the initiative, use the authority given you and trust in God to do the rest.

“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Cor. 3 5.7)

Alan and Walter

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