Thursday, 24 September 2009

Loads of training opportunities!

Coming up in the next few months

17th October - Mental Health training @ Kings
30th October - 1st Aid training @ King's
Dates yet to be confirmed for the Basic Food Hygiene

Please contact Teresa Montague at King's to book a place.

The following is information about the very good“Prison Ministry Conference”, which is run by Holy Trinity Brompton on Friday 20th November.
Many churches have been experiencing a growing passion amongst members and leaders to reach out to those on the margins of society, including prisoners, ex-offenders, youth in deprived areas and those battling addictions. This conference will help to address the question “what can we do to reach these people in our prisons and on our streets?” and is an attempt to envision, equip and refresh any church/ministry leader, team or volunteer who is, or would like to be, involved in this ministry.
The material will include big picture visions, practical training, and moving testimonies and would suit leaders from churches or organisations of all sizes and denominations as well as their teams and volunteers who want to move ahead in this area.
More information is available from our website:
Book now Click here to book online

Thursday, 17 September 2009

What makes a great Feast night?

The Feast is the outreach meeting that takes place every Wednesday night from 7.30 - 9.30. Last night was a special evening!!
1. A Full room - every seat was taken last night.
2. A peaceful atmosphere - I don't remember a single argument last night.
3. Great Food - it wouldn't be the Feast without the fabulous kitchen team.
4. Rough Sleepers - and whilst I would prefer there to be NO rough sleepers, I know they exist and I want them to be welcome at the Feast!
5. A great talk - Nick was very relaxed and communicated a simple message that God thinks you are important!
6. Prayer - there were many opportunities to pray with people throughout the evening.
7. Linking people on to other events; interviews for our housing project, the Lifegroup on Friday mornings, to Alpha, to language school.
8. Seeing residents and former residents serving with passion and delight. It is a wonderful thing.
9. Friends of the Feast who have moved on positively in their life coming back to say "hello".
10. A journalist doing interviews for Premier Radio asking why do you get involved in caring for the community.
11. I love the combination of Feast and church prayer meeting - for many reasons, here one example. Last night a lad came back to the Feast after roughly 3 years away. Very shortly after he arrived, a family arrived for the prayer meeting who had known him fairly well when he was last around. A conversation then followed about coming back to King's and needing to get right with God. He is planning to be at King's on Sunday.

Well there's 11 things that make a great Feast night. It has been a fabulous start to the term. The Christmas Feast is on the 23rd December and the Choir will be performing again, rehearsals start in November.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Homelessness Training

Introduction to Homelessness training – new dates

Housing Justice runs a one day training workshop on homelessness and related issues. It is particularly aimed at volunteers in churches and smaller homelessness projects or people new to working in the field.

The training covers: Role of the statutory and voluntary sector; homelessness law and local authority duties; mental health awareness; drugs and alcohol awareness; boundaries/dealing with conflict.

Dates Saturday 3 October and Saturday 14 November 10.00am-4.00pm
Venue: Housing Justice 22-25 Finsbury Square London EC2A 1DX
Nearest tube: Moorgate

Please speak to me if you are interested in going. It will not cost you, the project will cover the costs.


Encounter took place between 17th - 21st August in Lenchwood, near Evesham. There were 18 in our group and it was a great time, for some it was a very significant time! It is always difficult to write about other people's inner healing but I am sure the evidence will be clear to see. People discovered forgiveness, the gifts of the spirit and how to find their identity in Christ.

The days consistes of a morning session on a biblical theme, followed by sports and games until lunchtime. Then a workshop such as drama or art and then a recovery based group at 4.30. Everyone eats an evening meal together before the main evening meeting which consists of worship, teaching and ministry.

The weather was the best yet, anything would be better than the last 3 years of heavy rain, despite this year the strong wind taking out a few tents! It was a very relaxed week and I can safely say that everyone enjoyed it and no-one asked to come back to London! Please pray that those who attended will continue to seek God for their daily needs and continued healing