Derby Urban Church and Joint Pastorate

For some time God has been speaking to us about creating a new “Multi-cultural church” drawing together many of the relationships we have developed over the last few years to bless our local community in the name of Jesus.  We have just created a new charity called “Derby Urban Church” (DUC) and as we enter 2020, Ozzy Road Church begins the process of becoming the first congregation of Derby Urban Church still meeting on Sundays at 10.45am.  “Friends United in Jesus” on Thursday afternoons at 4.30pm will become the second congregation of Derby Urban Church.

As part of this journey we have worked increasingly closely with Boulton Lane Baptist Church in Alvaston with the result that for the next year we will operate a Joint Pastorate.  Graham Watkins has now been appointed as the part-time minister of Boulton Lane as a next step towards possibly becoming a congregation of DUC.  There was a special service on Saturday April 4th 2020 2.30pm on Zoom to mark this occasion.  When there is an opportunity after the current lockdown, we will hold a similar event with a wider audience.

We continue to build relationships with the other congregations who share our building: Derby Asian Fellowship (Punjabi) who meet at 1.30pm every Sunday, Zoe Church (Slovakian Roma) who meet at 4pm every Sunday and City Youth Church (Roma) who meet every Friday at 5pm as well as exploring where God is leading us in Stockbrook on Wednesday afternoons at Firs School and the Girls Brigade who meet at Boulton Lane on Tuesday nights.

We are also exploring three ministries within DUC:

  • Social Enterprise in Derby (see blog about “Fire it up Derby”)
  • Social Enterprise in Roma villages in Slovakia (see blog about Slovakian mission)
  • “School of the Holy Spirit” Roma bible school (see blog about ISLSD School of Holy Spirit)

To help us to pray for each of these opportunities, please use the prayer guide:

Vine mustard prayer leaflet Jan 2020

On this journey, God has given us the images of the Mustard Seed (in God’s Kingdom when we begin something small he grows it into something large and life-giving) and the Vine (we aim to build relationship with God and each other)

Made at our Family Service January 2020

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