We have been meeting in Greenwich since we began in 2015 (find out more about our beginnings here), but in September 2021 an exciting new chapter began as we started an additional afternoon service at Eltham College, in Mottingham.
The book of Acts shows us that the Lord leads his church in different ways. Sometimes the Lord leads us through inspiring us to make strategic plans, for example in Acts 13:2 when the church in Antioch sent Saul and Barnabas off to plant churches in neighbouring areas. But sometimes the Lord leads us through providence, like when the church started spreading into new areas through being scattered due to persecution in Acts 8:1-5.
On this occasion the Lord led us to Eltham more through God's providence than through our strategy. During the covid lockdown in 2021 we were unable to use our normal venue in Greenwich for 4 months, but an opportunity arose for us to use the Chapel at Eltham College. When the Naval College re-opened, because we had been growing in number, it was no longer possible to fit back into our old venue and so it was an obvious solution to run services in both venues.
There were already some Grace Church folk living in the Eltham / Mottingham direction and so it's been wonderful for them to have a closer base, not least to make it easier to invite interested friends and neighbours along to church.
Although we meet in two venues, we are still very much one church, and meet together for midweek bible studies, weekends aways, and many individuals attend one service and help teach Sunday school in the other. And we are excited to see how the Lord might use this new development to further his kingdom.