We believe that one of the main purposes of our life is to worship God.
We do this by the way we live our life, as we give ourselves to living for Him.
We also do this by meeting together to praise Him. We also believe that our lives are touched by the love and power of God as we meet together to worship in songs, to learn from the Bible, to pray and to experience His presence with us in a special way.
Anything you do for the first time (from driving a car to picking up a guitar, from meeting someone new to trying to decorate) feels a little strange at first. We hope you feel at home straight away – but do give it some time to get to grips with what is going on.
When it goes quiet – don’t panic. We haven’t forgotten what to do next! You might feel Jesus is close to you – so you may not need any advice. But if you are puzzled, just say to God "Is there anything you want to say to me? Is there anything I should be thinking about" and wait patiently. Or simply tell him what is on your heart and mind. Or say "Lord Jesus, I know I have lived without you – please forgive me. Holy Spirit, please come to me. Show me your love and teach me your ways."
Sometimes a member of our church family will hear from God that there is a person or situation that has his attention and needs prayer. For example, God whispers to someone "someone here has a very sore left ear – it would be great to pray for them." It is a sign of God’s love and power and his desire to be real in our lives. Don’t be scared – this can be really helpful and exciting. Think of it like this: God is our heavenly Father and he loves to talk to us. We are trying to learn how to listen to him better and better.
Sometimes when we pray for people, they are so wonderfully overwhelmed by the love or power or joy or peace of God, that they cannot stand up any longer. Some people who haven’t seen this before want to call an ambulance – but don’t.
In the Bible, the first followers of Jesus were given an amazing gift – speaking in a language they had never learned. Although the gift has been around for two thousand years many people have still not heard about it or heard it for themselves. We believe however that God has not taken away the gifts he gave to his first followers and many of us use this gift today to praise God or to pray. There is often real spiritual power when this gift is being used.
Like any group of people who meet often, we may use words which mean a lot to us, but leave you thinking "What do they mean?" Sorry. Really, we are sorry if we do this. If you have questions – please ask someone or email Stephen the vicar. Below is a list of the words that come up a lot that we can’t always avoid.
Click a word below for an explanation