January 2015 sees significant change to the Church.
Firstly, on 1 January, Andy and Becky Woodage and their three children flew out to South Africa. Andy and Becky are founder members of Jubilee Church. Andy served on the Leadership Team for 7 years and as a Trustee since the Trust was created in 2007. They both served the church as children’s workers and Andy contributed to the spiritual growth of the church through preaching and teaching. Andy is joining the staff at Dihlabeng Christian School in Clarens, Free State, on a two-year teaching contract. Check out their blog on thewoodages.wordpress.com.
On 11 January 2015 we looked back on the 12 years that Jonathan Hatton had been leader of Jubilee Church. Jonathan and Alison Hatton came to Banbury from Jubilee Church Coventry in 2002 and worked very hard to set up and develop Jubilee Church Banbury. Many church members gave moving tributes to the couple at an emotional celebration service, and spoke of the impact they have had in their lives including Sam Gibson, one of the Trustees who take over the interim leadership of the church. She spoke about God giving her the words ‘facilitator’ and ‘catalyst’ to describe Jonathan and his immense gifting to plant ideas and draw people in from a variety of backgrounds to see those ideas realised, facilitating peoples’ growth in God's service along the way. Many referred to Alison’s amazing gift for hospitality and her heart to enable people to feel like members of a family in church and in their home. Still others recalled their best memories of their time at Jubilee in an emotional celebratory service. Alison and Jonathan are leaving in response to a call to serve in Kenya.
Worship leader Keith Hobbs has also laid down Eldership of the church, in order to seek new areas of service which he and his wife Jo feel the Lord is leading them into in the wider Christian community. Keith and Jo have been with Jubilee Church for 10 years. Keith is an extremely talented worship leader with a powerful gifting of grace and he and Jo share a passion for evangelism. Jo Hobbs brings “creativity” to everything she does and this aspect of ministry has been enhanced by her leading prayer events and the public witness of the church in People's Park on the Town Mayor's Sunday and at Spiceball Park on Canal Day. Both have served the youth in our church admirably, taking groups to the Newday Festival 7 years in a row!
As a church fellowship we say that we love and bless each one of these remarkable couples and are excited to see what God will do in them and their families as they go forward.
18th January 2015 marks the first of the meetings of the Jubilee Church under the leadership of the Trustees: Peter Braybrook, Mark Jones, and Sam Gibson. We are also very excited to see the new adventure the Lord is leading us into.