It's now 10 years since we moved into The Durham Centre, the first permanent home we could call our own.
Since then, we've seen God grow us as a church in Durham, and planted out into Chester-le-Street.
We've also seen God bless the conference centre business at The Durham Centre, beyond anything we could have imagined; and this has created resource to plough back into our Kingdom ministry.
We're so thankful to God for everything He has done.
But we don't want to stop there...
God has spoken clearly to us about further growth and, as part of this, we're very pleased to report that we have now purchased the industrial unit opposite The Durham Centre.
We plan to convert the unit into The Emmanuel Centre, a new church and conference venue, with an auditorium seating up to 500, a small kitchen and toilet facilities.
As with The Durham Centre, during the week this would have a commercial purpose as a conference and business venue.
On Sundays, it would host our Durham congregation, allowing The Durham Centre to be used for children and youth provision, which is growing rapidly - beyond the space currently available.
The next step in this project is to turn the grassed area next to The Emmanuel Centre into additional car parking space.
We want to do this first because it will allow The Durham Centre to take extra bookings, in turn creating extra resource for The Emmanuel Centre project.
This project requires significant finances.
Church members and friends have already contributed to the purchase of The Emmanuel Centre by one-off donations, and increasing their regular giving.
Our next Gift Day, on Sunday 9 June, will also be dedicated to the project. For more information on how you can give, please visit our Giving page.
If you have further questions, please get in touch.