The Launch Night Review
"Oh What a Night"
I seem to recall the lyrics from an old Four Seasons song which sums up the experience of the launch of the Wessex Filling Station... "Oh What A Night!"...
With just under 150 people gathering together for the launch of our local Filling Station, it was a wonderful time of corporate praise and worship with edifying teaching from our Keynote speaker: Nick Crawley. Nick had travelled across from Bristol during the day and spoke of his upbringing and calling in an interview with local director Andy Selby (pictured below); he then shared his passion with the audience for prayer and the thrill of seeing prayers miraculously answered by God.
After the meeting, during which quite a number of people responded to Nick's call for people to grow in a deeper relationship with their heavenly father; people were exuberant in their words of encouragement for the meeting itself and the concept of regularly getting the church together for unity meetings.
One church leader who came along incognito said "these types of unity gatherings are important for the church to come together and worship outside the normal constraints of their own church building." Another lady told how the worship team had inspired her in her personal worship and that the voices of the lady singers had been "like the voices of angels singing along." Yet another gentleman told of how he hadn't experienced such a touch of God in over twenty years. He went on to says that, "The Prayer Ministry Team was gentle and encouraging and I had a spiritual conversation with one of them like I hadn't experienced in decades; it was like deep speaking to deep and our spirit's soared as we conversed in a heavenly language which was like a waterfall of blessing to my soul...". This last explanation of a 'waterfall of blessing' was expressed by a plethora of people all of whom were deeply touched by God's presence and Spirit.
Another area that proved to be an excellent resource for blessing was the provision of BSL* Signers. So often when the church comes together it is an exclusive meeting for the hearing; at Wessex Filling Station we want to be All Inclusive so chose a location that was both wheelchair friendly and also hearing friendly. We have a small, but growing team, of BSL Signers who provided interpretation to the hard of hearing (HoH) and deaf. It was wonderful to see a young HoH lady who was literally dancing in the aisle who signing out loud. Speaker Nick Crawley said on the phone after the meeting that one highlight of this excellent launch meeting was praying 'through a signer' as he laid hands on a deaf man who had responded to the keynote speech.
It has been encouraging too to receive emails of thanks and affirmation from various people from different church denominations and streams who were there; all of whom where deeply encouraged by God's Holy Spirit; and all of whom were taken to a deeper level of understanding in their relationship with God.
As the Old Hymn says:
"Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him;
Praise with us the Lord of Grace!"
(Henry F. Lyte, 1834)
*BSL : British Sign Language
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Original Webpage Details:
The Wessex Team, headed up by Brian Edgeley and Andy Selby, consists of a number of people from around a dozen or so local churches, will welcome you to this launch celebration where Revd. Nick Crawley (Regional Director of the Filling Station Trust and leader of Crossnet Church Bristol) will be Keynote Speaker. He will be speaking on the topic he is most passionate about: “The Thrill of Prayer”.
Nick is a Church of England Minister licensed in the Diocese of Bristol. He leads Crossnet Church, Bristol – the Anglican Community for Discipleship and Mission. In the 1990’s he and his wife led a large church in Harare, Zimbabwe and he has been on several missions abroad. Nowadays, Nick’s ministry focuses on Bible teaching and Discipleship. In 2007 he led the main stage Bible Teaching at the New Wine Annual Conference. He is deeply committed to the joint ministries of the ‘Word and Spirit’. He is married to Lucy Peppiatt, the Principal of Westminster Theological College, and they have four sons.
The evening will consist of a time of corporate praise and worship, teaching and ministry. These are sure to become a regular inspiration to the church and are designed to bring well known and up-and-coming national conference speakers to the local area. We are looking to bless the churches and Christian communities of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole with regular access those who God is using at this time to bless the church in the United Kingdom.
You can see a list of upcoming speakers here:
Why not diary this event and come along and see what all the fuss is about!
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 & Foyer directly adjacent to the main suite. This is a another great opportunity for the church to come together in unity.
BSL: There will be a BSL signing team available at the event, those with hearing impairment should sit at the front of the meeting to get the best view.
Date & Time:
- 29th September 2016
- 7:30pm ~ 9:30pm
- (Doors Open) 7:00pm / 1900hrs with Refreshments
- Doors Close: 10:00pm
The Village Hotel Bournemouth
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