On Sunday 8th September, the Alive Church congregation began a new regular Sunday service in Gainsborough, at 4.00pm, bringing their family-friendly, charismatic style of church service to the town. A number of Alive Church congregation members already live in the town and have been meeting fortnightly in small groups around Gainsborough. These groups led the Alive Church leadership to think about establishing a location of the church here. “Alive is one church in many locations,” explains Stuart Bell, Senior Pastor.
John and Judi Swannack lead the Alive Gainsborough congregation. John is born and bred in Gainsborough and is passionate about seeing transformation in the town. He said: “My granddad and great granddad worked at the Marshall’s factory and as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see Gainsborough prosper and grow”. As a boy John showed musical talent and the Gainsborough Rotary Club provided money for him to have music lessons.
“This town was good to me,” he added.
“And so now it is my turn to pay them back for their generosity and kindness. Alive is passionate about building community, being generous to those around us and doing what we can to help make a difference”.
This has certainly been the case in Lincoln, where over the years Alive Church has established ACTS Trust, a charity focussed on eliminating poverty in the city, through CAP debt counselling, job clubs, the foodbank and various social and educational groups. This ethos has spread across the Alive network, with such effect that in 2016 Stuart Bell was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Queen, in recognition of service to the communities across Lincolnshire.
“This is the town that we love. We want to see it blossom and we’re here to help in any way that we can,” said John.
Entrance to Sunday services is of course free and all ages are welcome! Activities will be provided for children.
- Dates — Every Sunday
- Times — Coffee from 3.30pm, Service starts at 4.00pm
- Venue — The Town Hall, 36 Lord Street, Gainsborough DN21 2DB
For further information visit www.alivechurch.org.uk.