‘Breathe Communities’ pioneer ministry & Matt Noble, Minister of Truro Baptist Church
Covenant relationship has developed between Truro, Breathe Communities and St Austell Baptist Church
Challenged to be generous with gifts
‘It is all new and feels good’
Home Mission supported Karen and Murray Golder moved down to the South West to start a pioneering mission. They began by asking the question ‘what is relevant in Penzance?’. They started with schools and families, then school leavers and millennials. Each time it was good to try and connections were made, but it wasn’t quite right. So, they stopped and started praying into what God’s vision was.
During this time, they connected with Matt Noble, minister of Truro Baptist Church and a strong friendship and partnership begun to develop. It is a commitment of the South West Baptist Association to intentionally support pioneer ministries. Following a really successful 24/7 prayer event in Penzance, God answered prayer for a way forward and an unexpected opportunity arose.
In a busy shopping centre in Penzance, one of the shop units was kept intentionally as a Christian presence. This space was becoming free and all the local churches had been asked if they wanted it; the answer had been 'no' until they finally asked Karen and Murray.
‘Breathe Communities’ is being born as a creative space, giving people an opportunity to encounter God through creativity and grow spiritually. It aims to provide crossover with how we access God. It will be re-purposed next year and open in September. It is in the community and for the community.
A prophetic painting was put together on a trial evening supported by Truro Baptist Church a - white lighthouse, pathway, and angels' wings. This was also reflected in words the Lord gave to individuals, so is important for the future. For further information and the latest news, visit their Facebook page
Matt also oversees St Austell Baptist Church. It has been an interesting journey for Matt and Truro Baptist Church. God spoke to them about being generous in all the ways God gifts us. The journey started four years ago when Matt started moderating at St Austell, and this progressed to him taking on his current role there in September 2016. At the same time, Murray and Karen were getting in touch saying they were coming to the South West. There was no structure or clear vision of where this was heading.
Matt was very challenged by an article on covenant in the Baptists Together magazine by Lynn Green
. He recognised that we can’t simply say we are in a covenantal relationship, it has mean something, and this means it may also cost something too. This was confirmed in a conversation with Murray and Karen.
As a church they recognised they needed to commit to journeying together with St Austell Baptist Church and walk with Murray and Karen. Matt now works 40% at St Austell with the aim to build a team. He has been released to do that.
They are starting to see the strength in this three-way team. They come together each month in worship and seek God’s presence and support one another
‘It is all new and feels good’.
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