House Church Away Day

Having had weeks of cool and wet weather, our House Church Sunday away day dawned bright and sunny. There is something special about spending an extended time together away from our regular meeting place so we were very fortunate to be able to hire the use of Pilgrims Hall in Brentwood for the day. A lovely Regency house set in 19 acres of gardens, woodland and fields.

All of the above would be meaningless of course without the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit which was very evident during our time together. Having fortified our physical appetites with tea, coffee and biscuits, it was time to move into a time of praise and worship leading into a time of open sharing and repentance for some. As the morning progressed our leader Peter shared all that God had laid on his heart regarding vision and the way ahead which brings me to the main reasons for meeting together like this.

Apart from the obvious desire to deepen our walk with God, we also desire to deepen our relationships with each other and seek God together to hear what He is saying to us about the way forward both corporately and individually.

As the morning came to an end it was time for lunch in the lovely Regency dining room, enjoying the food that each had supplied. There was also time to enjoy the grounds afterwards, kicking a ball around, walking, chatting or just sitting enjoying the sun and generally continuing to fellowship with each other.

The afternoon took on a different format as we broke down into smaller groups giving opportunity for prophesying and speaking into each other’s lives as the Spirit led, culminating in praying for each other. This was a great time of encouragement as we honoured each other and recognised each other’s gifting and potential. This was a very precious time. In assembling together afterwards as a whole group we again broke bread and ministered to each other before ending the afternoon with more praise and worship.

However it was not the end of our day together as we had booked at a local restaurant to finish off with another meal together. This was a perfect ending to a perfect day as we continued to fellowship with each other.

So how would I summarise such a privileged day? A great time of praise and worship, breaking of bread, encouragement, praying for each other, serving each other, eating together, deepening of relationships and enjoying the Presence of God.

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