Since September 2017, Thrive Youth Ministries have been based in an office space at Whitnash Methodist Church. This has been wonderful and is making such a difference to us.
Previously, we have been each working from our individual homes, and coming together once or twice per week to plan and develop initiatives. With Graham Hayes joining the team in September as our Training Development Manager, we wanted to find somewhere we could use as a base.
It was another wonderful story of God leading us and answering our prayers.
Back in the Spring, Andy Castle was meeting with Emmy Rayment, our administrator at the time, and they both felt that Thrive was in need of an office space, somewhere to meet together, to work together and to be a base for Thrive. We prayed together and within a week we heard of a church in Coventry offering office space to a local charity.
After exploring this opportunity with the team and the trustees, we agreed that we felt this was a good opportunity but we didn’t really want to take Thrive away from having Leamington as the centre of our area. So we sent a message around local church leaders to see if any of their churches might have space and several replied positively.
We finally agreed on the room at Whitnash Methodist Church and Thrive’s trustees spent the summer decorating, sourcing furniture and getting a telephone line installed with a broadband connection.
It is proving to be a great place to work from. The team is much closer and better at supporting each other and we can already see how the team may grow. We are keen to bring on someone (or several people?) to the team to manage our events and communications. The office in Whitnash will allow us to have a bigger team as Thrive grows.
We are so grateful to the fellowship at Whitnash Methodist Church who have been so welcoming and flexible in enabling us to use a room in their building.
It’s not just a functional relationship either. Fiona Stutton, Thrive’s Children’s Ministry Adviser, has been working with the church to start a new Messy Church initiative, which had its first gathering just before Christmas.
Thrive’s new office address is:
Thrive Youth Ministries Office, Whitnash Methodist Church, Murcott Road East, Leamington Spa CV31 2JJ
Our new telephone number is: 01926 257118