What are they doing in that luxury hotel? Earlier this year,
the 250-member Evangeliske Frikirke (Evangelical Free Church) in Randers took
over the public level of the 130-room Scandic Hotel, turning it into a worship
and fellowship center, as well as a gathering place for their growing youth
“It’s a really good solution for us,” said church spokesman Jan
Vestergaard. “It gives us plenty of room and settings for the church’s many
They’re starting with a one-year lease, which takes them
through 2014. After that? The group hasn’t been afraid to move around town for
the past century. They’re one of the country’s oldest free churches (not
associated with the state Lutheran church and accountable for their own
finances). In the past two years they’ve moved from a much smaller church
building, to a car dealership, and now to the expansive three-star hotel
Part of the motivation for moving was to find a place for Skywalk, their “church within a church” aimed at young adults. Like the
larger church, the group is unapologetically biblical, Jesus-centered, and
outreach-oriented. They’re meeting on Friday evenings for lively worship, and in
homes for cell group Bible studies. They’re organizing school outreach groups and
producing their own worship music albums. They're reaching out to their community in mentoring programs and supporting
church planting in Pakistan. They’ve even created an outreach-oriented app for
smartphones, designed to point the way to Christ in everyday life. To multiply
the work, now they’re starting a second Friday night outreach service at
another location, Skywalk Nord.
As their outreach video says, Skywalk is a family of young
people, driven by an unconditional love -- a love that reaches out, and invites
us to live a life, not for ourselves, but for something so much bigger.
“We went to church for Christmas, weddings, and confirmations,
so I knew there was a God,” explained a 22-year-old Skywalker. “But I didn’t
know there was a God who loved me more than my wildest imagination. That all
changed when I was introduced to Skywalk.”
As their t-shirts say, “Jeg har besluttet at følge Jesus.” I
have decided to follow Jesus.
PRAY for the Evangeliske Frikirke in Randers, that God would
continue to bless them in their outreach to the community.
PRAY for the Skywalk ministry, that many more young people
would come to know Christ. And pray for the new Skywalk Nord ministry, that
many would come that their hearts and lives would be changed.
PRAY for church leadership in Randers, that they would
continue to put Jesus first, and that they would remain clear in their vision
PRAY for revival in the Evangeliske Frikirke!
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