So far this year it has been my privilege to spend 4 Sunday mornings at local Newfrontiers churches.
First at Redeemer Church in Ealing, led by Pete Cornford, who had already planted the successful Crown Church in nearby Hillingdon. They meet in the impressive Ealing Town Hall. When I first visited, just over a year ago, they were somewhat hidden in a small downstairs hall but now they adorn the Great Hall and hosted a fine meeting. It was great to observe their growth.
The following week found me in Sutton Family Church, again a church pressing forward, preparing to leave the school they now occupy in order to take on their own recently acquired building. It was so enjoyable to walk with them around the new premises and try to imagine it in the near future full of worshippers.
Next I visited the newly named Hope Church Beaconsfield. Since my last visit they had not only changed their name but had made radical improvements to their church building. Their meeting started with the testimony of a recent convert, which had followed 3 others who had recently come to Christ, one of them got healed at the end of the meeting! The church enjoyed beautiful worship and a great family atmosphere.
Most recently I was at Hope Church Sevenoaks, which again provided the opportunity for renewed contact with old friends and meeting new ones. That day they raised a very good offering towards their plans for some major improvements to their meeting place.
Each of these meetings closed with prayer for the sick and we saw several wonderful healings, in fact a follow up letter from Sutton said that on the following Sunday they had run out of time for all who wanted to testify to the healings from the previous week!
On every occasion a highlight for me has been staying on for lunch with the local Eldership teams. I have so appreciated hearing their plans, challenges, setbacks and breakthroughs – asking and answering questions at the table over super meals usually winds up at about 4pm. This makes for such fulfilling Sundays. I love them!
I am so grateful for the Newfrontiers family, now in it’s different Spheres, but facing the same battles, aspirations and comradeship.
Next week I am off to India – more preaching, praying and no doubt some excellent Indian food and fellowship.