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
8th February 2017
A fantastic testimony from someone who attended CCBS last Sunday:
"I came to Church on Sunday, and I’ve been struggling- most specifically with some huge challenges at work. I received prayer and today the whole landscape has changed within me (so stuff's the same, but I am different…I am blessed).
I feel able, confident and excited. I haven’t felt like that about my work for weeks, probably months.
Its a heart change - the situations are the same - but my heart has changed."
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
13th October 2016
Last weekend, a large group from CCBS travelled to Bedford for the Father Heart Conference. Nicola McCormick shares with us her experience of this powerful weekend:
"After almost 40 years as a Christian, I would have thought that my understanding of my Heavenly Father was pretty solid. The input that approximately thirty of us from CCBS had at this amazing conference demonstrated that there is eternal revelation to be received of the love of our Father.
One story that was shared at the conference stands out in my memory… In Armenia in recent years there was a devastating earthquake. In one small town, most of the buildings were flattened. A father who had survived the quake began running towards the local school in which his son studied. Upon arrival at the school he was horrified to see that the entire building was flattened and dozens of distraught parents were gathering together and wailing in shock and grief.
Undeterred, he ran to where his son’s classroom building had stood and began clawing at the rubble with his bare hands and calling his son’s name. No-one helped him and many tried to get him to stop, telling him that his efforts were hopeless. Ignoring their advice, this father kept going… 10 hours passed… 24 hours passed… 38 hours later with his fingers in tatters he again called out his son’s name in desperation.
Suddenly, but faintly, he heard a muffled reply… “Dad?... Dad!... I’m here!... I knew that you would come!” The classroom had fallen in such a way that a small space had formed around the son and a few of his friends. All through the hours of fear and suffocating darkness the boy had kept telling his friends, “I know that my Dad will come!”
What a story! What a portrayal of the Father’s love! Even typing it out several days later has reduced me to tears!
Before we went to the Father Heart conference I knew that an intimate relationship with Father God was available. I have been hungry for more revelation of this love, but also very aware of blockages in my heart and some unhelpful patterns of thought that have held me captive to living like an orphan rather than a beloved child of God. Despite these internal hindrances, Father God met me with love and even pride in His eyes!
For the first time in all these years of walking with God I experienced the Father’s love and He has given me rest and deep peace.
As I walk forward from this point I am confident that these blockages and hindrances will continue to dissipate and my orphan heart will increasingly transform to become the heart of a secure and loved daughter, knowing the smile of my Father, safe, protected, affirmed, and full of glistening hope.
Father God invites you to journey deep into His transforming love. Say ‘Yes’ to the journey."
5th June 2016
This is the fourth of a mini series of blogs we've produced on 'worship.' You can read the other three here as we explored Who we worship, Why we worship and last time, How we worship.
Today, we want to ask the quesiton 'How do we worship God (part II)?'