New Building!

Many of you are wondering if we found a place for skate church. The answer is YES!
But it’s even BIGGER than that…and it’s a really cool story.

The past few years have been an amazing, miraculous journey of faith.Were it not for the Lord, Santa Cruz Hope and Skate Church simply would not exist. Time and time again God has led us forward through seemingly impossible circumstances.

Since we started Hope three years ago one of my regular prayers has been, how can we more effectively reach our community?We found early on that the way to bless Santa Cruz is by blessing the kids.Soon we were constructing skate ramps for skateboarders—after all, this is Santa Cruz, where nearly everyone wears the iconic Santa Cruz Skateboards’ red dot and skateboarding is a favorite youth pastime.

Of course we’ve been challenged.First we built a skate ramp in a place that we ended up not being able to use.After losing that location we couldn’t afford to rent another space.We prayed and the Lord opened a wonderful door.Danny Keith and Grind Out Hunger let us build ramps and meet in the back of their skateboard shop rent-free.Skate Church was born and grew to over 90 kids. And then as former pro skateboarder, Joe Gruber came on Hope’s staff to lead Skate Church, we got word that we need to find a different location.

Initially we were devastated because of what this ministry means to the kids.We got down on our knees together to pray.Someone told me that this would not be enough—we’d have to get on our faces.We did.We searched for an alternate location.Rents were too high and others didn’t want to rent space to a Christian ministry.

It’s been said that to see a miracle you have to be confronted with an impossible situation.
It became clear that if Skate Church were to continue, we needed divine intervention.So we continued to pray.

And then God made his move.

Many of you know that I regularly gather with a small group of friends, all local pastors. I was set to meet for lunch with one of the guys, Michael Howard, to ask about possibly using his church location for Skate Church.It’s a retrofitted theatre on Soquel Avenue close to 41st, with easy access to the freeway, on 1.3 acres. It’s already set up for our vision with rooms for art and music, with a great parking lot adjacent to the high school. Also, because it’s a Foursquare church like ours, liability insurance would not be an issue.

What we didn’t know was that God had been speaking to Michael’s heart.

We sat down for lunch and I told Michael about our situation.He quietly listened and then said not only could we hold Skate Church on the property, but also he wanted to give Santa Cruz Hope the entire building!You see his church is planning on dividing up into smaller groups to launch a home church network. The even bigger story here is that a church would give their building to help expand the Kingdom of God!

For some time we’ve dreamt about creating a place for youth where our church could also meet.And now, Santa Cruz Hope and Skate Church will soon be on the same campus with ample parking, restrooms—even a kitchen with granite counter tops! It will be so cool to have a place to bless our community all week long!

We have a huge vision to create a hub for youth and families to connect through art, music and skateboarding; where we can connect them to Hope! But, this will require an investment of time, funds and hard work. We will be planning work days in January and will need to raise an initial $25,000 to build ramps, add lighting and prepare children’s rooms. Please prayerfully consider how you can parter with us in this exciting new season!

I’m reminded of this word from Isaiah 43:16-19

This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters…
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”

I’m stoked! I look forward to serving with you during this next leg of the journey!

Pastor Danny

Santa Cruz Hope Foursquare Church is a registered 501 c3 Non-Profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.