Hi, I’m Joy. I’m the Worship Pastor here, and as of last September I’ve started overseeing Prayer and Prayer Ministry too.
Over the last few months I’ve been working alongside many others to create a new permanent space for prayer, and now the space is up and ready to use!
At last year’s APCM, we established together as a church that prayer was one of our priorities for the next 3 years as a church, and this room will hopefully be another fantastic opportunity to help us pause and engage with our Father. The room has many stations in it, some reflective and others sensory. There’s a box of craft for those who are arty, and some books to help guide us in our prayers. The room will be open during office hours (usually 10-3pm Mon-Thurs) and on Sundays, so please do drop by and use this space. We’d love for it to be a place of deep encounter and devotion with our incredible Father as we seek His will for our church, this town, our world and our lives. If you wish to book the Prayer Room with your POD/Life Group during an evening, feel free to drop me an email.
If you’re wondering, where is the prayer room? It’s in the main church and in a room to the right of the stained glass window. There’s also a sandwich board pointing to it in case you get lost (as pictured below).
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
As I thought and dreamt about what the prayer room may look like for us as a church, the Holy Spirit has whispered this verse to me time and time again. The often hectic and busy nature or our own lives and the world around us can often distract us and take us away from a place of stillness before God. We can often feel a pressure to hurry and tick off the next box in our everlasting shopping list of jobs, but His Kingdom is very much unlike our world and it is instead a place where peace dwells. As we still ourselves before our Almighty God, He becomes again exalted in our own life and as the psalmist writes ‘exalted among the nations … and in the earth’. If we choose not to be still before Him regularly, we stop and hinder the Holy Spirit flowing through us. However, if we pause we can experience His presence, His love, His peace, His comfort, His joy, His healing, His abundant life in all it’s fullness, His strength and many more incredible things that He has in store for us and this world.
Let this be an exciting challenge to us in the New Year to pause, to be still and to seek Him in prayer and adoration, so that His kingdom will come and His will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
If you don’t have a space where stillness is easily possible in your house, please feel free come and use the prayer room.
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