12th July 2017
Our two ID Interns, Sam and Lizzy, recently went on an outreach trip as part of their year-long programme. Here, Lizzy fills us in on what they got up to...
"On a sunny Thursday morning in June, we made our way to Gatwick Airport, checked ourselves in, got our second (or third) coffee of the morning, went through security, sprayed ourselves with duty free perfume and got on the plane! Two and half hours later we landed in Helsinki with ice on the steps as we walked off the plane into a cloudy but beautiful city. We were greeted by some wonderful people from the local Risen Light Church. We got on our first of many trains during the whole trip and went to a dinner at one of our host families where we heard all about the vision of the church and captured their heart for this amazing city.
Friday was a day of culture, visiting some lovely sights of Helsinki and had fun adventure-walking in a cave and learning about the local history. In the evening, we had a worship and prayer night as we cried out to God for breakthrough in the city.
The next day was all about outreach! I find this kind of thing terrifying, but I was courageous and approached a lady with the question “do you speak English?”. We explained that we were Christians and believe in a God who loves to heal and we would love to pray for her. It was a big step of faith for me and I really felt God really used me in that situation. Everyone came back with exciting stories to tell!
Then, after a 17-hour ferry journey, we arrived at our next stop: Stockholm.
Our first visit was to an old people’s home where we chatted with some very interesting people. One of the ladies we spoke to was a very negative and didn’t have anything positive to say, but when we left she said to the organiser “they give me such hope for the future” which was such an encouragement to hear.
Our time in Stockholm was filled with lots of visits to different church organisations.
We visited the Salvation Army, a youth group and a woman’s centre where some of us helped in different classes. I helped in a cycling class and chatted to the ladies about what we were doing and shared a bit of love. We had a day of outreach where we prayed with people in a shopping centre, had great chats and saw some incredible healings. One lady had experienced bad back pain for years and told us that her mum had been praying for her! She cried with overwhelming happiness as she told us she had been healed, and told all the people she worked with! One of the girls in our team who prayed with her lives in Stockholm so is going to meet up with her.
I experienced my first ‘Pancake Church’ where we gave out free pancakes to people passing by which was lots of fun and we had many great chats. Two of our team spoke with a man that didn't know much English but with the help of Google Translate they spread the love of God and had a prayer huddle, it was a beautiful thing to see!
It was an amazing trip … my faith has grown as I witnessed healings, saw people conquer fears, and met some great people at Risen Light Church and Grace Church. I would LOVE to go back!"
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Posted by Lizzie McMillan
8th March 2017
When is Enough Enough?
Enough was enough when my little sister ate a whole box of 12 large cream eclairs at one sitting!
Enough was enough when Jesus cried ‘ it is finished’ before His final breath on the cross.
But ‘Enough’ will not be enough prayer until Jesus returns to wrap-up life on earth as it is and usher in life on the new earth as He promised.
Three times a year the ‘Enough’ half-nights of prayer run throughout the Relational Mission family of churches in the UK and overseas to call on God to act decisively in this world and in the lives of people we know who need Him, whether they realize it yet or not.
We’re going to keep calling on God like the persistent widow Jesus spoke of ‘to teach us to pray and not give up’.
‘Enough’ is not yet enough!
For further details about the Enough event on Friday 17th March, go to http://www.relationalmission.com/enough/when-where
Posted by Peter Vincent
22nd February 2017
Last weekend Miriam and I went to the Sent conference in Norwich. It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to for a long time and as I’ve raved about it to numerous people, they’ve asked me: "Why was it so good?"
I reckon it was sooo good because of three things:
1. It opened my eyes to all that God is doing not just in the UK but across the world.
There is something wonderfully faith-building about being part of a family churches which is bringing God’s Kingdom into towns, cities and villages in many nations across the world. It’s a bit like climbing a hill or a mountain focusing on walking the path in front of you taking one step at a time. Going to Sent was like stopping, turning around, and admiring the view.
Seeing the breadth of what God is doing is truly awe-inspiring and it makes the situations I’m facing seem very small.
2. Being part of a wider family.
Anyone who has been to King’s Church in Norwich will know that the catering is top quality but what really made the meals memorable was the conversation. Half the tables were given specific interest topics such as the prophetic, God at work or visual media. This led to meaningful conversations, which has mean that meaningful connections have been made which I’m sure will continue for years to come.
3. Personal transformation.
Working for the Church means I’m in my fair share of ministry times but during the sessions at Sent I felt God speak to me and deal with me more clearly and powerfully than I’ve had for a long time. I think this was in part due to being in the context of a relational family but also due to the fantastic worship and having teams of prophets present.
All in all I think that this conference will impact me for years to come. I’d recommend it to anyone who can get there!
If you ask me in person, I’m sure I’ll rave about it more!
For talks and more info about Sent then check out www.wearesent.net
Posted by Pete Williams
2nd September 2016
I sometimes find myself wondering ‘why do we run Alpha Course?’ They aren’t in the Bible, Jesus never sat down to do ‘a course’ with any of his disciples, and they weren’t lacking in faith or understanding of the gospel.
So why do we gather a team of people and run an Alpha course each term?
I find that these questions usually get answered around week 4 or 5 of the course. By this stage we have got to know our guest a little and they start to really open up, to us and to God. It’s at this stage that we really start to see what God is doing in these people’s lives.
I remember asking one guest how they were feeling about the next week’s topic. His response didn’t really answer my question but he did reveal how desperate he was to meet God and have the guilt he was experiencing removed, needless to say he met with God and decided to give his life to Jesus on that course.
I think the beauty of the Alpha Course, and the reason we run it, is that it creates a wonderful context in which we can pass on the good news which Jesus shared with his disciples. There is something about creating a comfortable context which helps people receive Jesus’ message, which after all is the only way people can be saved.
To quote well-known evangelist Adrian Holloway, ‘I’ve found that when people hear the gospel in the right context, I’ve found that many of them want to respond.’
So who would you like to hear the Gospel in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere? Why not invite them to our next Alpha course Starting on the 27th Sep at 7:30pm.
Posted by Pete Williams