It's Not Revival But...
Last September we, at The King’s Church Mid-Sussex, had 21 days of prayer. We did a number of things during those three weeks but one idea that we tried – a mid-week prayer meeting - has become a regular part of church life.
I hadn’t anticipated, at that time, that we would continue beyond the 21 days of prayer but we have now gathered for an hour every Wednesday at 8.00pm for over 6 months. We sit in a circle - there’s no ‘front’ in that sense - we are all in it together. Each week there is a crowd of people – normally 40-50 of us - who come together with one simple aim; to seek God.
We don’t have queues waiting for the doors to open at 7.45pm. Our prayers are very human and very ordinary. We always
worship - sometimes passionately, sometimes quietly. Sometimes we have an idea of what we may pray for, but often we are just following the leading of the Holy Spirit. I often lead our times together in neon red trainers, and an equally neon red face as I have come straight from 5-aside football. It’s not revival but….. it is so, so precious.
We’ve sensed God with us. We’re learning again to wait in God’s presence. And in it all I think we’re learning afresh what it means to abide in Christ.
When we were deep in lockdown in 2020 we, as a team, talked about how we may regather as a church when we were allowed to and we discussed whether prayer would play a more central part in church life. Without even realising it – that is exactly what has happened.
I’m so grateful. God is so kind. And so, we are going to keep on going through the summer term – maybe you’ve never been, maybe you’ve attended every week – whatever your experience, let me encourage to come along.
We’ll be there each Wednesday at 8pm.
Written by Jim Partridge, Senior Pastor of The King's Church Mid-Sussex