Old Schoolhouse: Soon to move out and in, time to pray and act!

There's been a lot happening as we continue to prepare for moving to the Old Schoolhouse.

We're moving!
We've we have accepted an offer for the Chapel and have agreed a completion date of the 30th of August!
  • Praise God! There were two rounds of bids and lots of interest, and we are grateful the offer we accepted was more than we expected.
  • Practically speaking, this means that we have a little more than two months to move out of our church's home for almost 150 years! Pray we as a church would do this well. That we would break down tasks into manageable chunks, and that everyone would pray their part in helping move.
  • If you're able to help us move, please get in touch with Martin Groth, Hannah Langley or one of the office team.
  • We're planning on getting a start on moving the contents of the attic on Tuesday 9th July. If you can help, particularly if you have a large car, please contact Thom.
  • Pray for the church office, sunflowers, evening services, and other activities as they prepare for this transition.

Saying Goodbye
To mark leaving the MRC chapel that has been our home, we're keen to hold a final shared church lunch there after the service on Sunday August 11th and invite MRCers past and present to celebrate with us.
If you'd like to help us organise events for the day, or are interested in running an event on the Saturday night to prolong the festivities, please get in touch with a member of the staff team or elders.

Working Bee
The next Old Schoolhouse working bee will be held this weekend on Saturday 22nd June from 10:30am - 15:00pm. Come along anytime to help paint and prepare the building for the big move.
  • Pray for Ali and Catherine Shand as they organise tasks to get the Old Schoolhouse ready for move in. Pray they would be well-supported and encouraged.

Fundraising
  • We sadly were turned down for a big trust application we had made, but trust God is in control of this whole process.
  • Pray for Dave and Mary Beth as they head up the team and prepare to hand over to Jill Bain.
  • We need God to lead and inspire us in the right directions.
  • Praise God for positive meeting with someone from one of the bigger churches in Oxford who are interested in supporting us in this project. Thank God for the many ways that working on this building has led to warmth and encouragement from believers outside of Magdalen Road Church. May the Lord continue to build his church in this way!
  • Pray for the legal processes of the sale of the old manse on Fern Hill Road to finish. Pray God would remove any boundaries to this!

Planning application
Thank God for some positive meetings with the planning officers at Oxford City Council.
  • There are various things to address but please pray that concerns about our provision for affordable housing through this would be addressed to the satisfaction of the planners.