Hi to all,
I'm Steve and I live in the Manchester area of the UK. I recently posted on another social network site and was kindly pointed in this direction by Laura. I'm still finding my way around, but I'll get there eventually.
I'm currently on my own mission of discovery after being previously involved in a church but fell-away as we just didn't gel for some reason. I then went on with my life until I got the feeling I had to look into my desire to learn more of Jesus and God. He certainly moves in mysterious ways as not long after Laura contacted me and the rest is, as they say, history.
Blessings to you all,
My wife & I live near Bradford, West Yorkshire. We have been Christians for a lot of years (late 60's) & have been involved in a number of churches & been on the mission field in India. We were both involved in the early "house church" movement in the 70's but, unfortunately things went wrong & we left. Since then we have been involved in several other churches but there has been a longing in both of us for something more. I left a charismatic church about 18 months ago because I was not happy about the way things were going & my wife left the beginning of this year. We went to a local Baptist church for a short while, but there was "something missing".
At the moment we don't "go" anywhere but are praying that God will gather us together with like-minded people from this area. We look forward to fellowship with people on the same road.
David & Elaine
When you get time, have a browse through the discussions and also on the Dales and Frank Viola sites; there is wisdom.
Feel free to open a discussion here if you want with any questions and get the feed back from some of the wisdom here. Or anything privately through Premiere messaging facility, I'm happy to help if I can.
Blessings to you Steve (is it raining :) )
Hi Laura and Kumar, and indeed all the others who've replied here so far. Isn't it exciting to see there are more of us than we thought!!
I'm the person from St Neots that Miriam mentioned. My name is Chris, I'm another of the 1970s home meeting bunch and at that time was living in Yatton just west of Bristol. Like Tony and Felicity, David and Elaine, and I dare say many, many others, our experience in those days was like a breath of fresh air but people often moved on and built something instead of just living. A classic case of 'doing' instead of 'being'.
The various movements that arose in those days (Kingdom Faith, Newfrontiers, etc, etc) have been a real blessing and have changed church in the UK almost beyond recognition. I don't want to take anything away from that.
But over the last ten years or so there does seem to be a new realisation of the particular opportunities available to smaller groups, a growing understanding that Yahshua called the church to go out to people rather than try to draw them in, and that love eventually compels us to do just that.
Be encouraged, all of you - there must be many, many little groups meeting at home. The church is like an iceberg, much of it is hidden from view, but I sense Miriam isn't the only one keen to meet up. The right time for that will come, maybe very soon. Just in my local area there are at least five regular meetings and we are beginning to find one another and network; you can read notes from some of our meetings if you like. It must be just the same where you live. They're out there!
Be very excited because the Holy Spirit is stirring his people up once again.
I was just about to sign this and logout but I've just been given a picture to share with you all. I saw a lot of people windsurfing. Some of them would only manage to go a short distance and would then lose the wind from their sail or fall off the board. Others with more experience managed to keep going and made better progress. But they came back to help those having trouble, and the entire group made progress together, moving in the direction the wind wanted to take them. And with practice all of them got better at keeping the wind in their sails, and all the time more and more windsurfers were joining them.
The wind reminds us of the Holy Spirit who is guiding us and pressing us forward in the way we should go. We do fall off sometimes, and we do lose the wind, but we just have to get back on our board and catch the wind again and continue. Falling off doesn't matter, getting back on is the important thing.
Grace, peace, and abundant blessings to you all. See you soon!