Who we Are
Jubilee Church Hull is a people united by faith, friendship and fun! We love this city and it’s surrounding towns and villages. We believe God loves it too, and that he is passionate to see a strong and vibrant multicultural church grow in it. For this purpose we gather together to represent him to the people of this city region.
In Luke 4, Jesus pronounces to the people gathered in the temple courts his purpose in coming to earth as a man. In this he quotes from the Prophet of Isaiah the following verses:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
We are passionate about continuing the work which Jesus began, to fulfil these promises, which were written in the book of Isaiah 61:1-4. Therefore, we aim to be a church that is:
We are a church where the Holy Spirit is active in our midst. We want to encourage His activity in our meetings and every day lives so that we might be more effective in our Christian lives.
We are a church that seeks to proclaim and live out the good news of Jesus Christ to the many and varied communities and cultures of the city of Hull, the region, and across the world.
We are a church that wants to see everyone experience the freedom Christ can bring, so that we can purposefully use all of the gifts and talents that God has given us.
We are a church passionate about relieving suffering and fighting injustice. Through giving of our time and resources we seek to take an active role in the meeting of people’s needs, the regeneration of our communities, and the planting of other churches.
STORY SO FAR
As a movement Newfrontiers is committed to starting churches across the world. As part of this process churches across the UK began praying for the city of Hull. A number of people from across the Newfrontiers family of churches felt God calling them to the city of Hull to help start a church under the leadership Steve and Jo Whittington.
People began moving from all over the UK, from as far afield as Brighton, Kent and Teesside to plant with them. In September 2006 twenty-five adults and children gathered in a small church hall to launch what was to become Jubilee Church Hull.
Over the next few months the church grew rapidly, with many people becoming Christians, and the once small group was forced to move across the road from its original home to a larger venue, called The Octagon. For the next 18 months Jubilee Church met there, growing in size and influence with a multicultural flavour. This included Steve Whittington and Matt Weedall becoming elders, and the church establishing itself as a legal charity and company.
In August 2008 we moved to our own building, Jubilee House, given to us by Walton Street Brethren Church. We established mid-week small groups, an Alpha course, English classes, a coffee morning, youth and student groups, as well as our Sunday morning meetings, weekly and monthly prayer meetings.
In September 2009 John Flavell became an Elder and work started on improving Jubilee House with funding from charitable trusts and generous giving from Jubilee Church members.
We continued to grow and increase our community activities. Due to the limitations of our building and our ongoing growth we purchased Central Methodist Hall in Hull City Centre and began meeting there in May 2012.
Since the move we have continued to grow to a congregation of over 200 and found new ways in which to serve the community, including hosting Hull Foodbank, working in Prisons with a charity called In2Out, building a new shower and laundry block for the homeless and launching our Life College.
Our team has also grown with Andrew Stephens joining the staff as our Church Manager in early 2014 and Dan Fryer becoming a full time elder in August 2014. At the same time we employed Julie Fawcett who now works part time as ’Life College Manager’ and have a part time cleaner called Russ Barlow.
In September 2016 we sent a number of our members to start a new church in East Hull called River City Church with John Flavell leaving Jubilee to lead the church with his wife Abi.
We are a church that welcomes people from across the world. Our vision is to reach every nation with the gospel, and to welcome those who have made the Hull city region their home.
As more and more nations are represented in this city we want to create a church that is vibrant and reflects our increasing diversity, with the aim of sending people from Hull to every corner of the earth to establish God’s worldwide church. You will find that our worship and church activities attempt to be as inclusive as possible, and we are always willing to try singing in a new language!
Currently we have church members from over 25 nations including DRC, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Pakistan, Trinidad, Cameroon and Iran!
If you are new to the city and looking for a church, or would simply like some help settling in and finding your way around, then please contact the church office and we would be only too happy to help welcome you to Hull.
MEET THE TEAM
We are thrilled to have in Jubilee men and women serving in many aspects of leadership. This has been a key part of our growth as new leaders have been trained and developed. Our current team includes:
Steve leads the Eldership team at Jubilee and oversees a lot of the outreach work of the church. He works full time for Jubilee Church Hull. In his spare time he loves hanging out with friends, and going to the cinema. He is a trustee of Hull Foodbank and a volunteer with Hull City of Culture. Jo is a mentor for our addiction support groups as well as supporting pastoral care in Jubilee. Jo’s interests include reading, charity shop browsing and coffee. They have a teenage son Caleb who is keen on all sports, but particularly basketball, which he plays almost daily!
Dan has lived in Hull for most of his life and married Rachel in June 2013. Dan worked in the NHS before joining the Eldership team in March 2014 and then became a full time staff member in August 2014. Dan oversees the operational side of the church and loves playing football, his drums and eating ice cream.
Rachel has been part of Jubilee since 2009 and currently leads our Alpha course. She works full time at a local college and in her spare time enjoys running, watching Grand Designs and shares Dan’s love of ice cream.
Andrew Stevens is our full-time Church Manager. He has responsibility for the running of our two buildings and the church finances, having previously worked for thirty years with Natwest Bank. He is married to Tracey and is a keen runner and DIY’er! Tracey works for the Fisherman’s Mission in Hull, serving those who have worked at sea and their families.
Julie Fawcett is our ‘Jubilee Life College’ manager. She is responsible for the running of this project, developing new courses and recruiting students. Julie is a an experienced hairdresser who just to own her own salon in the area before she moved to Honduras with her family to be missionaries. She is married to Ian and they have two grown up children, Casey and Loren.
Sue Wilson joined the team in April 2016 and works in a voluntary capacity for the church. She is responsible for overseeing kids and youth work, is our safeguarding officer and leads our ministry team. She moved to Hull for university and she has stayed ever since! She lives with Liam, her teenage son and has a grown up son, David.
Alison Mackay joined as an employee in January 2017. She supports the leadership in strategic vision and implementation. She moved to the region 6 years ago and is married to Daniel and together they run a greetings card company. They live in Beverley and have a daughter. Her background includes working for Channel 4 and Tearfund.
Jubilee Church Hull Trustees
Jubilee Church Hull is a registered charity (1123729) and a company limited by guarantee. The governance of these is managed by Trustees who are:
John Flavell is the chair of trustees and has previously been an elder at Jubilee. He now leads our church plant, River City Church in East Hull. John is married to Abi and have two sons, Noah and Judah.
Ellen Watkins is an opthamologist working in the NHS. She has been a part of Jubilee from the very beginning, and is a very keen runner and cyclist, hobbies she shares with her husband, Adrian.
Alison Mackay (see above)
Jubilee Church Hull is a member of is part of Newfrontiers, an international movement of over 700 churches with a vision to change the expression of Christianity right across the world.
Within the Newfrontiers family of churches we are part of a growing partnership of churches called Regions Beyond.