To say that last year was an eventful one for Leeds Reformed Baptist Church is an understatement! Not only did the church change its name to Emmanuel Baptist Church, but, by the end of 2015, the Lord had answered prayers for a new home beyond all expectations.
The church outgrew its home on Cottage Road in Headingly, Leeds, 18 years ago. Since that time it has been meeting in various community centres on Sundays and praying for a new home of sufficient size to enable the fellowship to base all its ministries on one site.
An opportunity arose last summer to buy the building the church had been renting for the previous two years: St Margaret’s Hall in Horsforth (about three miles from Headingley).
In the Lord’s kindness, sufficient finance was raised by selling the church’s old home in Headingley, and from giving within the church family. This new home is now called Emmanuel Baptist Church.
This year looks like being another incredibly exciting (not to mention challenging) year. The building needs to be renovated to make it a suitable home for Sunday services, various ministries and the church’s pre-school. Timescales are tight, as the pre-school must be ready for a new school year in autumn and a visit by Ofsted in advance.
While the church family has raised finance to begin the building work, they anticipate a shortfall for its completion. The church would value prayer for this project and its future witness to the community of Horsforth, Leeds.