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SOS Lyon Church

The following is a description of a ministry project of Impact France in collaboration with Fédération des Églises du Plein Évangile en Francophonie (FEPEF).

SOS Lyon Church

Let’s write together the story that God has in store for us ! A multipurpose site of 17,000+ sq ft.  

‘Lord! Look, you made the heavens and the earth with your great power and your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you!’Jeremiah 32.17

Our vision: For all people, to all nations. The book of Acts from Lyon to the ends of the earth. 

We are a church for those who don’t go to church. 

How it all started: In 2019, after 20 years serving in their local church, Matt and Sarah Marvane moved to Lyon and planted a new church in their living-room. Within a few weeks, around twenty people gathered, their living-room became too small, and they started to rent a bigger place in the old city. Since then, and despite Covid, an average of 300 people gather every Sunday, and another building is now being rented. The time has come for the community to acquire its own place.

About the project  : Until now, God has kept us in the west of Lyon, and we are convinced that this is our mission field; there are only 3 evangelical churches for 200,000 people. After long months of prayer with the church, we have an opportunity to purchase and renovate a building which would allow us to have : 

  • Worship & celebration services, events and concerts – 500 seats
  • Creative space: recording, photos, videos, music 
  • Educational space: Bible school, conferences and lectures
  • Community space:  café, networking, concept-store, study and work place
  • Space to invest in the next generation:  kids, teens, young adults 

“Write this for the next generation, that a people yet to be created will praise the Lord.”  – Psalms 102.18

Budget: The total project is estimated at 3.5 million € : building purchase of 2.3MM€, renovation of 1MM€, and admin costs of 200k€

Your partnership with us in this unique project through financial support and prayer are a huge blessing! 

The SOS Lyon church started in 2019. It belongs to the FEPEF church federation and the CNEF. To learn more about this projet, watch this short video:

Impact France is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 20-30-98434). As such, all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and by making a donation you acknowledge that Impact France has complete discretion and control over all funds given. Furthermore, you authorize Impact France to share your contact information with project leaders for the purposes of communication and stewardship. If you do not wish for project leader(s) to receive your contact information, please go to and in the comments box, include a note stating “Anonymous Gift for Fédération des Églises du Plein Évangile en Francophonie (FEPEF) – SOS Lyon”.

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