On The Move Again

Please join us at our new location. This Sunday, June 27, New Venture is moving to its third location. It all started at Carmike Cinema on Alverser drive back in October of 2004. Carmike was our home for about four and a half years.

Then Chesterfield County constructed two new middle schools, one in our vicinity and we applied for Sunday rental at the one closest to us and got the nod. So in January of 2009 we packed it all up and moved to Tomahawk Middle School. TCMS is a tremendous facility. It has much of what a church could want in a meeting place. It’s only drawback—location-location-location. It is at the end of a ¾ mile dead end street. We felt that we could overcome the location issue with other means of marketing but have just not been able to do so. Our visitor flow has dried to a trickle.

So, a few months ago we began a church wide prayer emphasis for God to lead us to a new and better location. About six weeks ago the door opened. Located on courthouse Rd is a 7th day Adventist church building that sits empty on Sunday, since they worship on Saturdays. At the suggestion of my wife, I checked into it and was told to put together a proposal for its use. So I did, and after being considered by the facilities committee and voted on by the congregation, our proposal was approved, to the surprise of some of the Adventists themselves.

So this Sunday we move into our new and shared venue at 530 COURTHOUSE ROAD. The building is located between Lucks Lane and Smoketree Dr. We have devoted several hours to personalizing the facility to our needs without interruption its current use.

We are so excited about this move. The auditorium is more than adequate for our current needs as well as considerable growth. The downstairs provides individual classrooms for our KidVenture Department. And the set-up and take-down will be cut by about 60%.

On top of all that, we move from a facility that gets about 200 cars a day by it to one that gets about 30,000 cars a day of traffic. Our sign has been announcing our move on Courthouse Dr for over a week now.

However, locations and signs are not the best means of bringing in new seekers, people are. People inviting people is what draws new people. So with the tremendous benefit of the new and improved location we are still depending on people.

If at all possible, I would like to invite YOU to join us for our first Sunday at our new location, 530 COURTHOUSE ROAD.

And if you think three moves is getting to be pretty much, Saddleback Community Church, in California, moved sixty-seven times during their first fifteen years of existence. Three down, sixty-four to go.

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