19th January 2019
A dedicated team of prayers spent Friday evening in the Boiler Room praying through the 4 steps that Peter mentioned in his Vision Sunday sermon; preparing us for the Greatest Day of Our Lives and for the exciting initiatives planned for 2019 to bless Bishops Stortford.
Come and join us for another evening of prayer on Feb 15 at 7.30pm
Posted by Dave Piek
29th November 2018
Daniel is 11 years old. Since he was about 6 he has suffered with an allergy to chlorine. If we went swimming later that evening he would come out in hives on his arms thighs and stomach. This would cause him a lot of itching and his skin would become sore. When he was in year two we stopped his out of school swimming lessons as he was swimming in school and it didn’t give his skin enough time to heal up before his school swimming lesson.
This summer we went to California and we stayed in various places. Everywhere we stayed had a pool. The second night we were there Daniel was up in the night with his skin. I had taken special shower gel and antihistames with me to help but it didn’t really make any difference. I was able to get some stronger ones over in the states which helped him to sleep. During the first two weeks of out holiday Daniel swam every day we put loads of vaseline on him and dosed him up.
Whilst we were away we were able to visit The healing rooms at Bethel church. Daniel was prayed for by the lady there.
For the next two weeks we swam every day in various pools. One pool even turned all the childrens hair green due to the recently added chlorine and its reaction with the copper, and Daniel had no reaction what so ever. We even allowed him to go in the hot pools (which have a higher concentration of chemicals) and he has been completely fine.
We were starting to say to each other ‘ It looks like Daniels been healed!’ First two weeks of the holiday lots of sore skin, lots of tears and itching and second two weeks nothing. It really does speak for itself.
Since being home Daniel has been to Grange Paddocks three times. He always had terrible skin after grange paddocks and would often choose not to go to any parties or fun swims with friends due to this.
I have to conclude that God has healed Daniel. It amazes me that he has done this and utterly thrilled that Daniel has this testimony to tell.
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
5th October 2018
I approached a group of 4 teenagers and started talking to them about Jesus. They laughed in my face and started slating Christians and the Word of God, so I opted to simply tell them my testimony – how God saved me from Cocaine addiction and a really dark lifestyle. They seemed to think my old life-style sounded a lot more appealing to them, one of them even said they had a done a line of cocaine earlier that day.
I was almost ready to go but felt compelled to tell them, “If I lay my hands on you right now you are going to feel the power and glory of God pulsate through you.” This got their attention, and one of them reluctantly let me pray for him. As I started to pray he was laughing and looking round at his friends, but then suddenly his face changed and his eyes began to fill with water! I could feel the Spirit of God pulsating through me. I said to him you can feel the power of God can’t you, he replied saying “YES WHAT IS THAT?!” I looked round at the others and they had all become speechless & with tears in their eyes. The Spirit of God was touching them all in that moment! God took over my mouth and for the next few minutes I passionately shared the gospel with them, and asked if any of them wanted to give their lives to the source of life, JESUS!
The boy who had been laughing at me, cursing at me, and had told me he had done a line of cocaine earlier that day, turned to me with tears in his eyes and said he wanted to give his life to Jesus!!! We prayed right there on the street and he was baptised in the Spirit of God and broke down in tears. It was such a radical moment seeing the power, the love of God completely wreck these teenagers. I couldn’t keep the tears back myself.
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
3rd July 2018
Whilst we sang that “old “ song , “Shout to the Lord”, I remembered that this was one of the first songs that was sang in the Charis Centre when we opened. In fact, it may have even been sang on our first full Sunday in the building.
I got to thinking of Gods promises over the church. Things like the promise it would be a house of worship and prayer. I realised that each person represented here was part of the fulfilment of Gods promises. God knew well before we did all about the Charis Centre and his plans and promises for it. He even knew the details like the fact there was a well underneath the baptistry.
God has and is indeed now fulfilling His promises.
I realised that this was the important thing. God not only has fulfilled His promises, but is NOW fulfilling His promises over the Church and over us as individuals that form part of the Church.
God is fulfilling His promises. He keeps His promises and we are to speak that over ourselves as we look back and as we look forwards.
Posted by Maureen Hopkins