Carlisle Vineyard – Bringing Hope to the City

If you’ve been following my journey for awhile, you’ll have heard bits and snippets about my church home-away-from-home, Carlisle Vineyard.

I came to the first CV small group about three months into the life of this church plant (our leaders, Andy and Rho, came the same time I did in 2013), and the growth I’ve seen since then has been amazing.

Carlisle and northern England has historically been resistant to the Gospel, but God is truly doing amazing things!

When I left for furlough, the church was still a small core group of about 30 people. Alex (feature photo, at left) and her husband are college students who had just started coming—and now are leaders in the church!

The Carlisle Vineyard coffee bar ladies!
The Carlisle Vineyard coffee bar ladies!

While I was gone, CV had a community barbecue.

Several people from the surrounding area came to the barbecue, got involved at CV, and either accepted Christ for the first time or reconnected after a time away (see Mona and Chloe, at left and right).

It’s been such a blessing to see the growth in the church, both in numbers and in individuals, and meet all the new members of my CV family!

This past weekend an evangelist from CV’s “sending/mother” church, Causeway Coast Vineyard in Northern Ireland, came to visit.

He and several people from the church went out on the streets in the city centre to speak to people about Jesus and pray for them. This Saturday 12 people prayed to accept Christ!

Yesterday he spoke at church as well. We had a record crowd, with more than 80 people coming (not counting kids) and several people making decisions to follow Jesus. So exciting!


Katie - Vineyard Serving Coffee
Serving coffee and tea to visitors and regulars during the “brunch” before the service starts.

One of the joys for me has been getting to know several of these new or young believers and being able to encourage them in their faith and walk with God.

I’m continually amazed and encouraged by their faith and enthusiasm! Please pray for them and for me.

Be Brave: Women’s Conference

With Hilary at women's confNov. 7-9th, I joined eleven other ladies from CV popped over to the northern coast of Northern Ireland for a women’s conference at Causeway Coast Vineyard.

I had the privilege of praying for and receiving prayer from this amazing woman, Hilary, who is a part of the CCV church.

Such an incredible time of hearing from the Lord, connecting with each other, enjoying fresh ocean air and challenging each other to “Be Brave” for God!


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