16th November 2017
Leading up to the meeting on Sunday 15th October, I had been experiencing terrible pain in my right side for quite some time. I thought that perhaps it was a very bad kidney infection. I couldn't sleep on that side as the pain was so bad.
I had been praying, drinking water and cranberry juice - doing all that I could to find relief - but the pain got very intense leading up to that weekend, and I really didn't want to go have to go to the doctor.
At church that Sunday, the Supergang children were invited to pray for anyone who was sick. I went forward for prayer and one little girl came up to me and asked what the problem was. I told her about the pain and that I didn't want to go to the doctor. She immediately turned round called over 2 other children, giving them some firm instructions… "You, come here, and you, come here. You touch her here and you touch her there. She doesn't want to go to the doctor, she is afraid.” This little girl had such confidence & authority!
They prayed simple but powerful prayers and the pain totally left my body later that day and has not returned. I am healed! I have no pain in my right side. I can sleep with ease again.
Thank you Jesus!!
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
25th October 2017
I have suffered with bi-polar since the age of 19 and have been collecting dark comics and artwork since I was 11. Jesus had spoken to me previously about getting rid of them and I had to some extent although certain comics seemed to have a hold over me. I still possessed around 3000 comics artwork and books at this stage.
After receiving prayer one morning, I really felt I should be obedient to God and I began to destroy the dark items in my possession. They were worth a lot of money but I had it laid on my heart that to sell them would be allowing that darkness to infiltrate other hearts and minds. Over the course of the next four days, I destroyed them by tearing and burning them. I came across comic titles such as Die Polar, Freedom and Stronghold! As I destroyed them, my demeanour changed and I felt my mind clear and a healing breakthrough come.
Being prayed for at the Father Heart Conference in Bedford shortly afterwards gave God the perfect opportunity to restore me further.
I still have to take my medication which is recommended but for now I am believing for a breakthrough for healing.
I feel different, my spirit has lifted and I am recognising more of ME!
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
20th July 2017
Freed from £20,000 of debt!
A client of the Bishop's Stortford Money Advice Service (BSMAS) was recently granted a Debt Relief Order for this large amount of debt they could not possibly repay. One of the debts was subject to a court order that allowed the creditor to charge interest of 8% per year on the debt, so the amount owed was continually increasing. With this weight lifted from their shoulders they were more hopeful and more able to cope with their every day life.
BSMAS is a group of Christians from various churches in Stortford who want to be part of bringing in God’s Kingdom in the town by helping people with their money issues. BSMAS opened our doors in 2009 and works with clients to find out what their income is, make sure that they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to and to get the best value for the money they have. The service is free and we listen to them without judging and help them to take control of their finances. Many of the people we see have found themselves in financial difficulty because of changes in their circumstances or mental health and/or learning disabilities.
Demand for our services doubled in the last year due to a combination of factors such as a further squeeze on disposable income, cuts to benefits, and Circle Anglia (our local Housing Association) reducing their support staff and referring tenants – including those in danger of repossession – to us. Unfortunately, 2017 is also the year when the number of advisers have fallen to their lowest ever and we had to start a waiting list for potential clients for the first time. To continue to be able to help people with their money issues and cope with the rising demand we need more volunteer debt advisers and budget coaches and help with the administration of the service.
Please pray that we will be able to continue in this vital ministry and if you would like to volunteer to work with us or want any further information, please contact the church office.
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
19th July 2017
The CCBS Office has been blessed this year with two fantastic interns: Lizzy McCauley and Sam Cain!
There’s never a dull moment when these two bounce into the office and we’re going to miss them hugely. As their time with us draws to a close, we asked them to reflect on the past year and share with us what they’ve learnt and what lies ahead for each of them in this short blog.
We pray God’s abundant blessings and peace upon Lizzy and Sam as they leave us – we can’t wait to see what happens next in their adventures!
In September 2016, I moved from Peterborough to Bishop’s Stortford to serve with Jake Tucker and Pete Williams at Thirst Youth Café and to take part in a year called ID (Intentional Discipleship). Thirst is such a vibrate, fun, colourful place for the youth of Stortford. It’s been such a joy to part of such an amazing cafe with a wonderful team (whilst practising my pool table skills, table tennis skills and winning many games of Monopoly Deal and Dobble!).
My highlights have been meeting our fantastic volunteers, having some great conversations about God with our young people and seeing some of the young people turn up at Youth Alpha that was run so brilliantly by Sam at the Charis Centre!
Doing youth work alongside Jake has been so much fun. He is one of the best - so gifted, faithful and the youth love him! I have learned a lot from him this year.
I’ve attended many many conferences, had lots of fun road trips (with lots of singing loudly in the car) and also heard more about our amazing Heavenly Father! The ‘Father Heart Conference’ back in October was a real highlight for me. God really set me free from a fear I had and He healed my heart. This year has been a continuation of this. Whilst writing assignments for ID and going to different training blocks, I’ve felt that my relationship with God has strengthened and although at times it’s been hard and painful to look at my heart, it’s been amazing to do and I’ve grown in my faith.
I’ll be staying in Bishops Stortford and working full time at St Elizabeth’s (where I currently work part time), and I’m continuing to pray for guidance about the next step but I know it will be an adventure!
My year has been spent working mainly in 2 different ministries (Youth Work & Worship), whilst also having work set by the leader of ID.
The Youth Work side of things has seen me leading Newday with Gareth, which seems to fill up most of my time at the moment, and it’s a lot of fun!
On the Worship side of things, implementing new technology into our team and working alongside Ewan have been my main responsibilities. Since doing this, I believe we’ve seen real growth in the quality of sound being transmitted thanks to the technology we’ve started to use.
One of the big things I’ve felt God speak to me about this past year is about where I look for my affirmation/self-esteem. It’s been a journey with lots of layers, but the invitation to go to the Father who can satisfy all my desires rather than the world has given me a sense of inner peace & love down in my heart I’ve never experienced before.
The ID work has been mainly reading books, writing essays, going away for weeks of training, and a mission trip to Scandinavia! It has been a real mixture of learning but great experiences, which I’ve really felt God grow me through.
The next step for me is going to Redding California to do the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, hopefully for 3 years, funds permitting…
It’s been an amazing journey for me here at CCBS, and I’m excited for the next chapter in California!
Posted by Lizzie McMillan