A sign of a healthy church is that it reproduces itself. We believe that church planting remains the most effective way to impact a community and see people come to know Jesus. We continue to be committed to sending and supporting church planting teams to other parts of the UK and Europe.
Rachel and Alan Radbourne were sent out from Open Heaven in Loughborough to plant a new community on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales. Having being brought up on the North Wales Coast, Rachel had always felt God stirring in her a passion for the area. After studying and working at Loughborough for 7 years, they felt the time was right to step out and pursue the adventure of planting a modern, relevant expression of church on Anglesey. In December 2017 Lighthouse Church/Capel Goleudy began at Rachel and Alan's kitchen table.
In 2011, we sent our first church planting team to Annecy in France. Annecy is a University town, similar in size to Loughborough and a team of seven people went from Open Heaven. They learnt the language, got jobs, embraced the culture and planted a thriving church called Connect Annecy which now meets in the Imperial Hotel in Annecy. A goal from the very start was to be a church that would connect with young french leaders and eventually release the full leadership of the church to those French leaders. In February 2018 this leadership transition happened and a fantastic couple called Francois and Gigi took on the full leadership of the church.