Frequently asked questions about our move to the Museum of London

15th December 2016
Pete Nicholas
Mark Jackson

1. Why are we moving?
2. When are we moving?
3. Will it make it harder to reach the local community?
4. Is it difficult to find?
5. How long does it take to get there from the tube?
6. Where are we going to have coffee, tea and socialise?
7. What about Kingdom Kids and crèche?
8. Is it costing us more to hire the venue?
9. How can we make the most of the move?

1. Why are we moving?
Our vision is to be an united and diverse community inspiring London with the gospel and so we want to reach many in London for Jesus Christ. Having planted three years ago we have steadily grown requiring more space. A year ago we rented an extra room at the Thistle but now we are getting close to being full and so we either need to hire a larger venue or do a second service. The church family fed back to us that at this stage we don’t want to go to two services so we have searched for a larger venue in the area. The Lord has kindly opened a door to hire the Weston Theatre in the Museum of London (MOL) with 250 seats.

2. When are we moving?
Our first service will be on January 8th 2017 at 4pm (our normal time). The Museum of London is not open on January 1st and many of our congregation will be away so moving on the 8th makes the most sense.

3. Will it make it harder to reach the local community?
We have carefully gone around each member of Inspire who comes from the local community asking them this and they have unanimously said that the location is no barrier at all, in fact many are excited about the move. It is worth remembering what a big step it is for someone who is unchurched to come to a Sunday service and so if we want more people from the local area to come to know Christ we will need to keep working hard to reach out to them, befriend them, meet with them 121 and welcome them into our Inspire groups as we invite them to Sundays.

4. Is it difficult to find?
No, the MOL is well sign posted from nearby tube and bus stops and has clear directions on its website. The only slightly confusing thing is that the entrance is on the podium level (one floor up) of the Barbican. We will have welcome team at the main entrance directing people down the stairs to the Weston Theatre.

5. How long does it take to get there from the tube?
It is 3 minutes walk from St. Paul’s (Central line), 4 minutes walk from Barbican tube (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City line) and 7 minutes walk from Moorgate tube (Northern line).

6. Where are we going to have coffee, tea and socialise?
There is an area immediately outside the Weston Theatre where we will serve tea and coffee. Food and drink cannot be taken into the theatre itself but there is good space there to welcome newcomers and chat to one another.

7. What about Kingdom Kids and crèche?
As well as renting the Weston theatre we are renting the garden rooms which gives us more space for the kids work and crèche than we currently have.

8. Is it costing us more to hire the venue?
Yes it is costing us nearly double the amount but it is also cheaper than a number of other places that we investigated. The truth is that venues of over 150 in central London are very expensive - even on Sundays. Please do review your giving to see if you can help to meet these extra core costs.

9. How can we make the most of the move?
The move gives us a great opportunity to reach new people with the gospel. Frequently when telling people of our move we have heard things like, “Oh the Museum of London, I must come and visit you”. To help this we have a two guest services on 29th January and 5th Feb called ‘Ask Google’ looking at top questions people have entered into their search engines. We will be sharing publicity online and in flyers closer to the time so do please invite friends, neighbours and colleagues.