24-7 Stories: Lynn

Here’s a story that’s come out of our 24-7 prayer room at Hampden Park:

My husband was diagnosed with another illness on top of everything else that he’s got, which is going to affect our future a lot. And I couldn’t really see how we were going to cope with the future, with what it would bring.

So last Thursday, which was 6th September, Terri said to me “why don’t you go in the prayer room and talk to God”.

We went to the group meeting feeling very low still. Terri persuaded me to spend an hour in the prayer room. At first I said no, but then went in.

As I entered I felt a real presence of God. I sat down facing a wall and said “okay God, speak to me”. I prayed for about half an hour for family etc, then I had this picture (or vision) appear in my mind. It was a bit like a dream, but so real:

Ruben and I were walking along a path, hand in hand. A man approached us. He was quite young, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt.

He said “the path ahead is very rough. It’s full of brambles, rocks and thorns. I will help you.”

He took us both by the hand and walked along the path with us. When I looked down, all our feet were bleeding. None of us had any shoes on including the young man.

Soon we came to the end of the path and a smooth road was ahead. The man let go of our hands and said “you will be okay now” and walked away. We continued on our way. I had a real feeling of joy as I sat there.

At first I didn’t understand why all our feet were bleeding, but I think it was to show that Jesus suffers with us, and he knows how we’re suffering.

Two days later during my quiet time at home the picture came back again. This time there was a difference. At the end of the walk I asked the man who he was. He said “some say I am nobody. But to you I am everybody.” Then he walked away as before.

I feel a load has been lifted from my heart. I see a future now that I didn’t before: hope and joy.

— Lynn, Hampden Park Venue

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If you’ve got a story from our 30 days of prayer, we would love to hear them! Let us know at: www.kings.church/forms/your-stories

24-7 Prayer: Sign up

Throughout September, we’d love to be praying every minute of every day, for the entire month. That’s 30 days of non-stop praying for our friends, families, communities, churches and nations for the next 30 years.

Everyone can play their part. Whether you come on your own, with your family, with a friend or a group of friends, come and be a part of our 24-7 prayer.

A few important notes

  1. There are over 700 prayer slots available. Simply sign up for as many as you like, by clicking on the link below. You can sign up yourself, as a married couple, your family, or as a group (but we will require one email address for confirmation).
  2. If you want, you can sign up and repeat the same hours every week, but don’t worry if you can’t.
  3. During the daytime (8am-6pm) we are happy for you to pray on your own (or with others).
  4. During the evening/overnight (6pm-8am), we ask you to be with at least one other person you know and trust.
  5. If praying with others please don’t put yourself into a difficult situation or any circumstances that might conflict with your integrity.
  6. Full instructions on how to access the building and the room will be sent via a confirmation email (two emails will be sent – one confirming the booking and the second as a reminder the day before).
  7. If things change and you can’t make it for whatever reason, that’s fine. It’s easy to rearrange. Please let us know so we can reallocate your hour (see the confirmation email for details).
  8. and yes. There are toilet facilities 24-7 🙂

Kings Centre sign-up   Centro Lounge sign-up

 
It’s going to be great. We’re really excited.
Thirty days of continual prayer for the next thirty years. Amazing.

Graham and the team at Kings

July 2018 baptisms

We celebrated seven baptisms last Sunday at our Hampden Park venue, captured here along with their stories of why they chose to follow Jesus.

Timings: Charlie 00:00, Fran 03:28, Danni 05:47, Ryan 10:45, Jemima 12:07, Naomi 13:34, Kim 16:23

Exiles Teaching Series

We are aliens, strangers, sojourners and exiles. We may be persecuted, harassed, intimidated and ostracised. Or we may be welcomed, as long as we assimilate; accepted, as long as we conform. ‘Don’t say *this*, don’t do *that*’.

Outnumbered, we’re moving against the flow. Our citizenship belongs to another place, our identity comes from a greater Being.

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We love our towns, our cities, our country. But we don’t want to be colonised by the culture. Each of has to wrestle with this question: how do we live as faithful exiles?

Join us as we kick off our new teaching series exploring the book of Daniel. Starting 29th April at Hampden Park and Centro, with all talks made available online at www.kings.church/teaching

We look forward to seeing you at Kings!

Inkosi Kids Newsletter — April 2018

Graham, Belinda, Dave and June have recently returned from their trip to Zimbabwe to visit the Early Childhood Education school in Trenance which many of you contribute to.

It was so encouraging to see the school in action again and meet the dedicated staff. We have a new member of staff in addition to the original four. She is “Aunty Lucy” and is a fully qualified teacher, as required by the government in order to get the school registered. Registration is a long and drawn out process (as are all things in Zim) but Taurai and Taps are working hard to make it happen.

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We met the new intake of children (all very scrummy!) and were able to see the New curriculum brought in last year, being taught. The teachers have had to make significant changes to line up with what is required of them now, but have embraced change with a good heart. They have a packed timetable so have increased the time the children are at school to fit it all in. They start at 8am and finish at 1pm. It’s a long morning for the youngest of the children and they have less time to play. We talked about the importance of keeping Jesus at the Centre and not getting bogged down with what is required and reminded them of the importance of praying together as a team and with the children.

The new intake of children

↑   The new intake of children

The day we first visited the school the children were all outside practicing for an inter school sports day. They had made a running track and were practicing running, a sack race, throwing and bowling the tyre. A group were also practicing for a “mass display” which involves marching and chanting led by a parent who came in on the children’s day off to train them! We also witnessed one of the girls from ECD B (5years old) recite a poem, written by Samu in English, from memory. Amazing!

↑   ECD A

↑   ECD B

A group practicing for mass display

↑   A group practicing for mass display

Snack Time

↑   Snack time

The teachers had noticed a difference in this years intake in that some of the children are arriving at school hungry, a direct result of the economic situation in the country, unemployment and family break up. The food the children receive mid morning is so important for them.

We also visited the local Primary school where the children graduate to once they have completed their time in ECD. The Headteacher is always pleased to see us and talked about the challenges she faces working in such a deprived area. Obviously she is very grateful for the children we sponsor as she is guaranteed to receive their termly fees. She also takes some responsibility for the oversight of the ECD in terms of the curriculum and standards.

She arranged for all of the children we sponsor to come out of class to have their photos taken and it was lovely to see them all. The first group to go through the ECD are now in Grade 4!

We also sponsor the children of the teachers and some other older children so it was great to catch up with them too. Ma Phiri’s son achieved 5 ‘O’levels and is studying for 2 more subjects at another school because his school did not offer them, as he wants to be a lawyer. Happiness who is an orphan and had missed a year of school after her mother died is now catching up with her studies. We had the privilege of taking her to the shops to buy her a winter uniform and a mountain of school books and her friends Tendai and Takunda are taking ‘O’ levels this year to name but a few. None of this would have happened without your support.

All the staff, children and church leaders asked us to pass on our thanks to you as individuals and as King’s Church for what you have done and are doing to improve their lives. They know they can never repay you but say they will work hard and do their best to make you proud!


To find out more about our child sponsorship program in Zimbabwe visit our Inkosi Kids webpage.


Easter 2018 baptisms

Amazing to see 16 people get baptised at Kings last weekend. Why have they given their lives to Jesus? Catch up with their stories here.

Timings: Lydia (00:00), Nigel (03:20), Nadia (05:27), Teah (11:45), Mia (15:18), Noah (16:53), Reuben (19:28), Leilani (22:10), Kim (24:12), Deana (27:00), Nick (33:22), Joyce (35:26), Steve (37:34), James (39:51), Max (42:05), Callum (47:25).