Nick has a powerful conversion story of his own and is driven to share with others the hope that changed his life. In 1998 Nick joined Church Army (www.churcharmy.org) and moved the family to Sheffield to train at the Church Army college. His first post was with the Church Army Bus Project, which used a converted 1966 double decker bus as a platform for outreach in the market towns of North Yorkshire. Following on from that Nick led an ecumenical project with various churches of different denominations on the largest private housing estate in Europe in Stockton on Tees, creating new ways of doing church.
Nick was ordained at York Minster in 2008 and appointed Pioneer Minister in Middlesbrough, again without a church building, doing lots of innovative and exciting things out in the community of Coulby Newham. Among other things he and Andrea opened a drop-in Listening centre on the shopping mall, bought, and with a small team of helpers, refurbished, resprayed, and equipped another double decker bus, and used it as a mobile outreach centre around Middlesbrough.
Following that he led St Margaret’s Church, Brookfield, in Middlesbrough, in reaching out into the community. In 2013 he was appointed Rector of St Mary’s Church Dunblane, where he enjoyed leading the church into a new season of missional development and growth.
Where Shall We Meet?
Whether you are celebrating a family event, holding a meeting, running a community group or a music event, we have a number of purpose built, tastefully decorated rooms for hire at St John’s.
Our rooms can be adapted to a variety of uses and are regularly used by various exercise classes, health and welfare organisations, baby massage, pre-school, uniformed groups, music exams, plus many different community groups including Slimming World, the WI and Parkinson’s Association.
There are disabled facilities and all of our rooms are accessible, with a hearing loop in the main hall and church. The large car park has spaces for 64 cars plus 3 disabled spaces.
With free wi-fi, digital/pc link projector and screen, tables, chairs and fully equipped kitchen (hygiene rating 5) all of your meeting needs can be met. For your family celebration we have lots of crockery, cutlery and a dishwasher!
The large hall has a maximum capacity of 170 and there are three smaller rooms, each with a maximum capacity of 30. The church can also be booked for appropriate events. With excellent acoustics and a maximum capacity of 200 it is perfect for choral/music concerts.
If you would like to come along to have a look at our rooms, would like more information or a brochure and price list, please contact the church office on 01246 566205.