Norfolk's fourth Filling Station is launched
Norfolk is set to get its fourth Filling Station with the launch of the Yare Valley group in South Norfolk in March 17. Kevin Gotts reports.
The first monthly informal mid-week evening ‘celebration’ meeting, is being held at Alpington and Bergh Apton Primary School.
“We have responded to a groundswell of a desire from local Christians from a range of church backgrounds to get together by the setting up of A Filling Station, and are very excited in making the reality of Jesus Christ more known locally,” said Al Evans who leads a team of six volunteers.
This will be the fourth Filling Station in Norfolk, each designed for supporting rural communities and churches, abd are free to attend. The guest speaker will be James Nickolds, the regional director for London and the South East of the Filling Station.
The Filling Station model of Christian practice is now ten years old and started in Wiltshire, but now covers six countries (UK, France, Switzerland, Canada, USA and South Africa) and some 80 regular meetings.
“Al said: “In addition to bringing Christian renewal and evangelism, it is attractive for those outside the existing church and those searching for faith feeling comfortable. This is a place to network and make new friends, and especially build faith and meet God.”
Many local church leaders, supported by senior Church leaders, appreciate what these monthly meetings, held in neutral venues, can do for their local communities. For example, Bishop Colin of Dorchester (Oxfordshire) said, “‘I think these Filling Stations are marvellous! They are one of the few things I can see bringing fresh spiritual life to rural area. I would like our diocese to be covered in them!”
Statistically, guests are drawn from current church members (40%); “de-churched” individuals (40%) and up to 20% are unconverted people. Average attendance at meetings is 54 people. Numbers vary from 25 - 200 per meeting. With a network growth of 50% since 2014, a new meeting opens every week.
Yare Valley Filling Station meetings will be held monthly, on the third Thursdays (other than August and December), featuring a guest speaker, contemporary worship, prayer and ministry and aim to be short, enjoyable and focused in character.
The venue is the school’s new Hall, Wheel Road, Alpington, NR14 7NH. Coffee and cake at 7pm for 7.30pm, all adults welcome.
For more details: Al Evans, 07760 770797, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site: www.thefillingstation.org.uk
Pictured above is Yare Valley Filing Station leader Al Evans.