#Ash17 - Dave Smith
At Ashburnham 2017 we are really pleased to have Dave Smith from Kingsgate Community Church as one of our main speakers.
It began in 1988 when my wife Karen and I left Oxford to move to Peterborough. We felt called to start a local church so Peterborough Community Church, as it was then called, was born. We started in our tiny living room with nine people! Then as the church grew we rented various venues across the city, finally at Peterborough Regional College, the largest available to rent. But the congregation continued to grow, so we moved to three services each Sunday. At this point we realised we needed to think about buying our own building or some land to build on. We located a 12-acre plot in Parnwell, which was perfect. Construction began and finally, in 2006, after several years of praying, planning and incredible sacrificial giving by our members, we moved into this purpose-built facility.
We have a large, multicultural, intergenerational family with people from all walks of life. Our mission is to transform lives from our neighbourhoods to the nations by the power of God’s love.
KingsGate Community Church is a founding partner in the Foodbank and we work with other churches across the city as well as a local mosque. It’s one of those great opportunities to work together for a common cause. Last year 42 tonnes of food were donated, enabling Foodbank to support more than 3,800 people.
For many years we’ve run the Care Zone, a furniture recycling project that helps families in crisis to access good quality furniture, household goods and clothing. Initially most was donated by church members but now we receive support and donations from local businesses, which is great. It also empowers people, with barriers to employment, through training and volunteering opportunities, for example through our carpentry workshop. This training helps to give them a better chance of finding employment further down the road.
Get booked in for Ashburnham 2017.