- What's On
15th June 2016
A few months ago I received an unexpected invitation to the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. I am not sure how I ended up on their mailing list but I did book in and attended the event yesterday (Tuesday 14th June). Over 700 people were there altogether, a mixture of Christian leaders of all denominations from up and down the country with 150 Members of Parliament. As an expression of unity across different expressions of Christianity in the UK it was a very encouraging time. The prayer breakfast was organised by Christians in Parliament.
After the main prayer breakfast I attended a meeting hosted by the Cinnamon Network aimed at encouraging church leaders to engage and build strong relationships with local councils and business leaders. In particular Cinnamon are wanting to see regional churches together run 100-200 civic prayer events in their area. I was attending as a representative of Southwark for Jesus and this is exactly the sort of thing that SFJ has done quite successfully in the past and it was great to receive the challenge of what could be done again in the future.
There are no plans yet but certainly the heart of City Hope and SFJ is to make sure that the good news of Jesus doesn't stay confined inside church buildings but that we find ways of expressing our faith in relevant ways in all areas of society. The National Parlimentary Prayer Breakfast and the proposed civic prayer events are just two ways where that can happen.
1st December 2015
Back in September 2015 City Hope embarked on ‘40 days of prayer’ which included an intense week of prayer right at the beginning. This was a great way of stirring up prayer, both corporate and individual, in the church. In January we have another week of prayer (not ‘40 days’ though) to encourage us all to gather together and seek God. There is plenty of opportunity for every one of us to get along to something. Please stir your heart, spirit and body and get along to a meeting or two! A pdf timetable of the week is available here.
We are encouraging people to plan a day or more of fasting alongside praying during the week. If you have never fasted before why not try skipping one meal. Get together with others to fast - this encourages you to finish what you start!
Prayer Meeting Venues
Unless otherwise stated overleaf all the prayer meetings will be at our building on Drummond Road (SE16 2JY).
3rd, 10th & 17th January: Sunday sermons
On the Sundays running up to and just after the week of prayer we will have a sermon series based on Paul’s prayer found in 1 Thessalonians 3 v9-13. We will also be praying this prayer ourselves during the week.
Family Prayer Meeting for primary school aged children (Wed 13th, 3.45pm-4.30pm)
Please come straight from school. Doors will be open from 3.20pm and refreshments will be available. A great opportunity for our children to be involved with the week of prayer. Adults must stay to supervise their children.
16th October 2015
Tonight is the finale of our 40 days of prayer, a meeting in our 'upper room' starting at 8pm and finishing at midnight. I hope that many people from City Hope will be there to pray together.
What happens next now the 40 days is finished? Quite simply we want to keep going and keep praying. In Luke’s gospel, chapter 18, we find Jesus telling a story that we often call ‘the parable of the persistent widow’. The passage clearly tells us that Jesus told this story to show his disciples “that they should always pray and not give up” (v1). ALWAYS pray! NOT give up. Simple but incredibly challenging. Even as we ‘finish’ the 40 days we obviously mustn’t ‘stop’ praying.
Of course City Hope was praying long before the 40 days. When I first joined the church in 1997 there were a group of older ladies who had been faithfully praying for the church for many years and who continued to do so for a number of years more. This is just one example of City Hope praying over the years, so we are unlikely to ‘stop’ now. But if the 40 days of prayer has taught us anything, I hope it has been a reminder that we need to be a faithfully praying body of people. If you ‘believed in prayer’ at the start of the 40 days, maybe now you are even more passionate and dedicated at the end of the 40 days?
We want to see a powerful move of God in our church with many people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Prayer is a vital part of what God calls us to, joining with him and seeing his Kingdom grow. Please continue to pursue God in prayer, both individually and by joining others to pray in your Connect communities and groups and at our church prayer meetings - starting with tonight!
1st September 2015
After a great Summer meeting back at our building on Drummond road (with some excellent sermons being given) City Hope will be back at HAB from the 6th September. On this day we will be launching our 40 days of prayer, a season for the church to be especially 'seeking first his Kingdom and his righeousness' at the start of the academic year. It will be great to see as many people as possible there on the 6th as we launch into this season of prayer and seeking God.
The 40 days run from Monday 7th September to Friday 16th October. We start with an intensive week with a number of planned prayer meetings across the week. It is not expected that many (if any) will get to everything during the week but hopefully everyone will get to at least one meeting, if not more. The remainder of the 40 days will have a few prayer meetings and a diary with suggestions for prayer and the dates of all the meetings will be given out on the 6th. Below is a list of those meetings. (All prayer meetings will be at our building on Drummond Road unless otherwise stated)
THE WEEK OF PRAYER MEETINGS
Mon 7th - 8.00pm-9.30pm
Tue 8th - 7.00am-8.00am, 9.00am-10.00am and 7.00pm-8.00pm
Wed 9th - 8.00am-9.00am and 3.45pm-4.30pm (a family prayer meeting for primary school aged children)
On Wednesday evening (8.00pm-9.30pm) there will be four prayer meetings at four different geographic locations based around our Connect communities and our two geographically based Connect groups. Please speak to your Connect community or group leader for more information.
Thu 10th - 7.00am-8.00am and 12.00pm-1.00pm
Fri 11th - 8.00am-9.00am
On Friday evening we are encouraging all of our Connect groups to 'meet, eat and pray' together. Please talk to your Connect group leader about what your group may be doing.
Sat 12th - 8.00am-9.00am
MEETINGS DURING THE REST OF THE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER
Sat 19th Sep - 8.00am-9.00am
Fri 25th Sep - 7.30pm-9.30pm (The world vision prayer group led by Jill Dhell, praying for global issue, please contact the churchoffice for more info)
Sat 26th Sep - 8.00am-9.00am
Sun 27th Sep - 7.30pm-9.30pm (An encounter evening with worship and prayer ministry)
Sat 3rd Oct - 8.00am-9.00am
Wed 7th Oct - 8.00pm-9.30pm (our regular 1st Wednesday of the month Kingdom Come praying meeting)
Fri 16th Oct - 8.00pm-Midnight (a half night of prayer at the end of our 40 days of prayer)