Events and Calendar
We now offer daily, 2-hour, devotional praise and worship sessions, Monday – Friday mornings as follows:
- Monday – 8.00am-10.00am (lead by Dave Butler and Ian Watkin)
- Tuesday – 10.00am-12.00pm (lead by Ian W and Mike Holt)
- Wednesday – 10.00am-12.00pm (lead by Carol Hillier)
- Thursday – 9.30am-11.30am (lead by Ian and Cath Henzell)
- Friday – 9.00am-11.00am (lead by Dave B and Terry Baker)
No booking necessary – just turn up prepared to give your all to the Lord for two hours! (Though it is helpful for us to know if you are coming)!
The idea to hold these daily devotional sessions came out of the annual gathering of leaders from the Houses of Prayer in the UK. Other HoPs are doing similar things and experiencing great blessing. The idea is to give God of ourselves first and foremost – to devote some time to focus entirely on Him in adoration and exaltation. Dave says: “There seemed to be a very clear call from heaven to initially exalt Jesus above all else, including petitions, and to do that as a start to each day. We trust that this ‘wasting’ of ourselves on Jesus is a response to the first commandment, which does not confuse itself with the very necessary second in Jesus’ summary. The evidence from some other prayer houses was that faithfulness to such a rhythm brought a wonderful response from the Lord.” Oct 2018
Some possibly helpful guidelines (NOT rules) for us be a ‘Fountain of Worship‘. If our love for Him can be central in our approach, we will not come ‘under law’.
- The order of gold (the offering of what he is working in us via others, circumstances etc), frankincense (the offering of devotion, love, worship from the depths of our hearts), and myrrh (the petitional outworking of all that has been done in the cross, resurrection and ascension).
- ‘Climb onto His lap and kiss His cheek.’
- Rest in His benevolence – our first call is to be receptors of His love, to walk in his companionship, and to thus abide.
- Embrace the indwelling Spirit’s desire that we are to grow in the knowledge of God. We want to be expanded in our appreciation of the heavenly realm and our place there.
- We are about ‘lifting His train’ as He ascends.
- Thanksgiving is a most natural way in, and praise naturally follows.
- There is no need to pray out loud to fill gaps – corporate silence, listening and adoring, will birth vocal expression.
- Use scripture to exalt Him as you are inspired, and it is brought to mind.
- Whilst we have no musicians, recorded music may help – “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart”.
- Sit, walk, stand, kneel, whatever.
- Use an established format like a Celtic Office.
- DO NOT WORRY about slipping into petition, but try to draw back, gently, into thanks, praise and adoration.
The first commandment, will enable the second.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments……….If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love” John 14.15 and 15.10.
Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ Matt:37-40
We also have several regular prayer events happening throughout the month. Please go to our Prayer page for more details.
The last Friday of each month: 7-9pm (Not currently happening)
Come and explore what it means to ‘live to pray and pray to live’ in today’s world through the age old rhythms of Celtic Christianity. Retreat leaders: Ian and Cath Henzell.
Refreshments provided. Bring your supper, if you wish. We suggest a donation of £5 per person per session*
For booking and further information please contact us on:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07403 145350