Steve and Juliet’s story
In 2006 we felt Jesus speak to us about leaving Southend Vineyard, a church we had planted and led for 15 years, and to plant a new church. How did we know Jesus was speaking to us? It was not just one event or just a feeling but a succession of events and a heart of obedience to what God was saying to us. We are used to God speaking and directing us in our Christian lives, and so our walk with Jesus is never dull! God spoke to us through; people we respected, dreams, the Bible, circumstances and a small inner voice.
Once we had decided to move we had a list of boxes we wanted to tick. We wanted to be central in the country with good road access. Close to a university city, as we love working with students. Where God wanted us and also where there were lots of nice people.
I realise there are nice people everywhere, however this is a fun story. I kept saying to Juliet that wherever we moved there must be nice people (joking). We were in Sainsbury’s in Oadby and I had a headache, so I went in to buy some Nurofen. All the tills were full and I almost left because of the queues. However, a young couple called me over. At first I didn’t realise they were calling me but they persisted and so I went over. They invited me to the front of the queue, in their space in the queue, saying along with some other pleasantries: “this is just so you know there are nice people in Leicester”. How good is that?
You see, God is interested in every detail of our lives and our calling. So, along with a list of confirmations we decided that we were being called to Leicester.
2007 – the church begins
In January 2007, we moved our family from Southend to Leicester and started a small group in our home. We have taken our little group out on the streets of Leicester to pray for the sick and thrown lots of parties. As people started to gather we held a monthly meeting to worship and teach the Bible @ Mobius Bar, but this quickly filled up. Therefore, in February 2008, we started Sunday morning services at the Walkers Stadium, in one of the function rooms. We met at the Stadium until Leicester City Football Club were promoted, at which point we moved into our new home.
2014 – our new home
Early in 2014 we found a Warehouse on Freemen’s Common, which we set about renovating to become our permanent home for both Church Services and activities during the week. Our first service here was in July 2014. We would love you to join us at Chroma Church and if you are looking for a church then you are especially welcome.
2017 – our new name
In February 2017, after 28 wonderful years as part of the Vineyard denomination (for Steve & Juliet) we changed our name from Vineyard to Chroma Church.
We have a new name, but the mission remains the same. Our mission and call from God has always been to express God’s love in visible and practical ways to the people of our City and beyond.
We believe the name of our Church should reflect this mission, giving us opportunities to tell the story of the journey Jesus is leading us on… Matthew 5 says: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. We want to bring out the God Colours in our community, we want to be the display his distinctive Chroma. That’s why our new name is Chroma Church,
chroma |ˈkrəʊmə| noun [mass noun] purity or intensity of colour; or its freedom from grey. Bringing distinction, saturation and intensity of colour.
Names are important to God, and we want every person to experience and display God’s distinctive Chroma… We long to see our children enjoy the intensity and joy of his love. We desire our young people to have the freedom to live distinctive lives. We further want every man & woman to see and experience the full intensity of God through his son Jesus … discovering the saturation of His glory…