New Plants

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

Current Pioneer Church Planting Projects

Hope Church, East Cowes

Hope Church, East Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, is a new church plant supported by St James’s Ryde and led by Rev. James Pontin.

“East Cowes is a growing town by the sea on the Isle of Wight. A place of real community, it is thriving with schools, shops, businesses, boats, culture, history and above all else – people. We praise God for the small number of Christians and churches in the area, but there is currently a real lack of ministers committed to building the church in this area.
 
Around Christmas 2022 we (James and Becky Pontin) felt the Lord’s call to move from Ryde to East Cowes to start a new church & gospel witness in the town. We shared this with our church family at St. James’s Church, Ryde where we have been for many years, and people were really supportive of the idea!
 
Just after Easter 2023 we began a fortnightly church gathering on a Sunday afternoon, renting the Pavilion community building in East Cowes. From September, we increased to meeting weekly to help get established in the area.
 
This gathering has developed into a core group of about 20 children and adults, both from St. James’s Church Ryde and elsewhere, who are committed to serving Jesus and growing His Church in East Cowes.

For more information about Hope Church East Cowes, do head over to their website here.

King's Community Church

Rev. Roy Carter is a licensed church planter with AMiE, based at King’s Community Church in Poitou Charente.

King’s Community Church is an English speaking Anglican Church in the department of La Charente, France, 16700. They are a group of Christians who are passionate about Jesus and the Bible; and seek to worship and serve Him in Charente.

“It was a privilege to interview Roy and Carolyn as part of the discernment process. Western France sounds humanly very attractive but we must not be fooled, for France has long been spiritually very needy; but we have a good and almighty Father who is able to do his work through his servants in their weaknesses, whether ex-patriates or French nationals. This is an exciting initiative but one that will only succeed through humble dependence on God in prayer by King’s Community Church and AMiE partners.”

Bishop Andy Lines

More information about King’s Community Church can be found on their website here.

You can read an interview with Roy about King’s Community Church and their reasons for joining AMiE here.

Grace Community Church

Greater Manchester has one of the lowest church attendances in the UK. Rev. Ben Williamson has been licensed by bishop Andy as a pioneer minister in Greater Manchester. Ben, under God, is seeking to gather a team to help establish an AMiE church in the borough of Bury; and to join others in the task of reaching Greater Manchester. Could you be involved?

Pray – We covet your prayers for the North Manchester plant. Please consider frequently partnering with us in this way. Sign up for regular prayer letters here.

Give – As you have no doubt concluded, this is an ambitious and financially demanding project. Would you be willing to give financially to support this plan either through a one of gift or through setting up regular payments?

Come – We are looking for people to come and plant with us. If you are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, committed to mission, committed to Christ’s church and can commit to North Manchester on a medium to long term basis, we would love to hear from you. You may already live there, or you may be looking to relocate, whichever it is, we would love to hear from you. If you’d like to get in touch, you can contact us here.

Send – If you are a Church Leader, do you have members of your church whom you could encourage and release to join us in planting? Or do you know people who live, or are looking to live in North Manchester, could you put them in touch with us?

For further information, visit their website or download the booklet here.