Keynote Speaker : Jon Morgans
Review & Original Events Article:
It was another special evening at the Village Hotel Bournemouth on the 26th.
With worship led by Brian Edgeley an the team, the attending crowd just wanted to sing - in fact they came ready to enter into praise and worship, and sang with great gusto! It is always nice to see the BSL Team on site signing for those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and throughout the worship and the Word they worked tirelessly to provide seamless translation. It is wonderful to see them in action!
Early on AFC Bournemouth Chaplain Andy Rimmer (pictured right >) was asked to share a little about his work with the club, the Community Carols Service and the upcoming More Than a Game evening. As he shared there was a great sense that the decade of work that he has done with the club has been a great time of sowing and God is both blessing his ministry there, the relationship with the team, and the club itself.
Keynote Speaker Jon Morgans spoke passionately about the connection between the Old Testament prophecies of the Winter and Spring rains, the fulfilment of those in Jesus, the coming of the Holy Spirit and finally, our experience today. This is the passage he spoke from:
'Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” Joel 2:23-29
As it was the UK Churches 'Week of Prayer for Christian Unity', their was a good number of people attending from many different backgrounds, denominations and streams; therefore the evening was truly ecumenical. However, it was as if there were no differences between folk and there was a real passion in song, a deep sense of interaction with Jon Morgans as he shared with people muttering their agreement to something he had said; plus there was a real sense of expectancy in the room.
One Catholic attendee shared a vision that they had experience during the worship that took place after the keynote speaker had spoken and also during the prayer ministry time:
'It was a vision of unity where all were one in Christ and there was no difference between them. In the vision the person could look down on the gathering and see one people, with one voice of worship, and he could see no differences between them. This was true unity in Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.'
During the time of Prayer Ministry it was a sight to behold with team members and congregants praying for each other. One very special sight - and again I must mention them - the BSL signing team: they were deep in prayerful hand-signed prayer with those with hearing impairment. Glory!
After the evening and in the foyer as people chatted and searched through the resources table for their churches envelope of next months literature and flyers; one person said to me "what a wonderful evening, this is the first time I have been and I was brought to tears by the passionate worship and intimate teaching." Another said to me that Jon had spoken about the spring rains of God and they had experience an personal outpouring of the Holy Spirit rain over them - spiritually speaking." Praise God!
All-in-all a great evening and good turnout.
Original Events Article:
The 2017 series of events starts with a wonderful evening of celebration with local conference speaker Jon Morgans. (pictured right) Jon will be focusing on the subject matter around 'Gods Spring Rain'.
Looking forward to the year ahead Wessex Filling Station director Brian Edgeley said "The year ahead is going to be a very interesting one indeed. Looking forward we have planned some very exciting events aimed at preparing the church for what is to come in 2018-2020; Jon Morgans, now a local Bournemouth pastor, kicks this 2017 series off for us and the Wessex Filling Station team is really looking forward to hearing what God has to say through him as he has a prophetic edge when ministering."
Born in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, Jon was the youngest of three children and as he grew he developed a strong sense of the Lord through the witness of Christian parents. In his words:
"I'm so thankful to God it was a Christian house; My parents were hard working and I accepted Christ into my life as a young boy, I was 9. During my teenage years sadly my faith grew colder but at the age of 17 I recommitted my life to Christ".
After leaving school Jon worked for a Civil Engineering Consultancy entering the business as a trainee technician. He studied hard and rose through the ranks to become a fully qualified Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Manager and a Fellow in the Chartered Management Institute.
In the early 1990's he met and married Mandy around the same time that he became involved in Church Leadership for the first time. By 2004 he had entered into the Pastorate as a non-stipendiary Pastor in a church in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire. During this busy period he was 'tent-making' as St Paul calls it, working in Flood Risk Management locally plus running a young family. However, God was working deeply in His life and in 2008 he responded to an invitation to go into full-time ministry as Senior Pastor at New Life International Church in Aberdeen, and moved with his family to the Granite City in Scotland. This proved to be an anointed ministry and a time of real spiritual growth in Jon's life, in stepping out in faith they witnessed much and saw God move in power. Jon was recognised as a Prophet in the Body of Christ and over the next 6 years they witnessed significant growth, and a great move of God. Jon says of this time:
"It was a period of great blessing for me personally and for the church. A highlight was working with brother *Namjin Kim [of the Korean UK Prayer Mission see below ] in 2013 - we were greatly blessed by the visit of Korean Students, the University Principle and the Church's Senior Pastor - Aberdeen City Council held a civic reception which enabled us to pray for 30 minutes in the Council Chamber, we prayed that decisions there would be blessed by God and that Aberdeen would be changed".
In August 2015 Jon was called to be the Executive Pastor at Bournemouth Community Church serving alongside Pastor Roger Constantine. Like all new pastorates, moving his life and family from the grey granite coast of Aberdeen to the sunny coastline of Bournemouth held is challenges but Gods hand of approval was upon it and the whole family made the move. Jon is passionate about motivating the church to move forwards in the Supernatural Power of God as they step into our their new identity in Christ. "God is moving at BCC, the potential here is incredible! God is at work in Bournemouth", says Jon.
Jon is a son, a brother, husband, a father, a pastor and conference speaker. He has spoken at the Apostolic Church's AblazeUK annual conference, the Combined Midlands Churches Conference and Christian Vision for Men (CVM) Conference called simply: 'The Gathering'.
With such a rich heritage and years of experience to speak from, why not diary the event and plan to come along the January 2017 event and hear what he has to say about 'Gods Spring Rains'...
"Rain down Your Spirit Lord and quench this thirsty land. Let is rain Lord, let it rain..."
Date & Time:
- 26th January 2017
- 7:30pm ~ 9:30pm
- (Doors Open) 7:00pm / 1900hrs with Refreshments
- Doors Close: 10:00pm
This is NOT a ticketed event. Free entry on a first come first served basis. The Village Hotel ‘Inspiration Suite’ Auditorium seats 200 with overflow for 50+ standing in the Inspiration Bar directly adjacent to the main suite. This is a another great opportunity for the church to come together in unity and lift high the name of Jesus.
* Pastor Namjin Kim of the Korean UK Prayer Mission will be Keynote speaker in February 2017.
Namjin will be bringing with him his mentor Pastor Dr. Sang Sub Yoo who will be visiting from South Korea to see first hand what is happening in the UK. Dr. Yoo is the Senior Pastor of ChangShin Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea.
The Korean church has committed itself to pray for its spiritual fatherland, the UK, and each year sends groups of Prayer Pilgrims to visit UK churches to pray for revival to fall upon them once again. Groups have visited the South Coast since 2015 staying in New Forest churches and praying therein for revival. You can read a report on their 2015 visit on the LEAF Websites Prayer Mission Review article page.
The Village Hotel Bournemouth
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