On Monday 20th May at 7:30pm we plan to have a team meeting at 25 Sion Road, BA1 5SH.
We should spend a little time talking about any changes between our old approach to our ministry in the Abbey Churchyard and elsewhere, and what we will be doing from now forward. Mark’s teaching is intended to help us be more effective and should not be seen in any way as a limitation on what we do, so we should talk about stuff. Similarly, I would like to bring back the little folding sign boards we used to use under Paul Skelton’s leadership so that we can have something that says we are doing, what we are doing, in the name of Jesus, ‘cos so many passers-by ask “are you Reiki healers?” – which we are definitely not!!!!!!!!!!
Also, make some time to pray for ourselves and our next few months’ work as Jesus’ witnesses in the middle of this city.
Graham Duke has invited us to bring our chairs, kneelers and gazebo (it usually rains!!!) to the Bath Christian Festival of Saturday 27th July, beginning at 1.00 and going on until 5.00pm in Parade Gardens.
There is no limit to the number of team members so we will all able to take breaks, explore the festival, chat to people, and find refreshments.
Although there is no limit to the team size, we would still like you to sign up for this event so that we know who to expect and so we can make plans accordingly. A separate sign-up page has been created for this purpose.
Some of us are thinking about working towards having a ‘healing room’ here in Bath, perhaps during our winter closed season from HOTS, when it’s cold outside. I plan to give time to talking about this on one of our monthly Monday evening gatherings, probably September.
I was talking to a very dear friend of ours who runs a ministry to girls working in massage parlours etc in Bristol. Rosie has asked if we could help her team members with guidance on how to pray for the sick and emotionally hurt among them. Therefore we will plan for a few (mainly ladies among the HOTieS) to do this later in the year. Equally, doing what they do, often in difficult situations, Rosie and her team have bucket-loads of compassion and some of you may remember from training sessions with Paul Skelton over the years that compassion is the starting point for our ministry. So, Rosie will be returning the favour and coming to talk to us about that as well later this year.
Friday 26th April, St Matthew’s Church, Widcombe Hill, the Upper Room
- 7.00pm registration including tea / coffee, welcome and a song of praise
- 7.30pm-9.30pm, first two sessions with Mark (10 min break in the middle-ish)
Saturday 27th April, St Michael’s Without (by Waitrose), where we keep the HOTS kit, in a room in the crypt so when you have come in the main door, go down the spiral stairway, smell the coffee..
- 9.30am registration including tea / coffee if you need one, welcome and a song of praise
- 10.00am-12.30pm, next two sessions with Mark (10 min break in the middle-ish)
- 12.30pm-1.30pm lunch. We can do tea and coffee in the crypt room. For lunch please either ‘bring your own’ or pop upstairs to the cafe in the main chancel of the church, eat there or bring it back downstairs.
- 1.30pm-3.30pm we will be going out to the Abbey Churchyard with Mark and our usual trolley of kit, probably in two shifts, others can drink more coffee etc in St Michael’s cafe for another hour. Details of who go goes out first, who second, will be decided on the day.
- 3.30pm we will bring the kit back to St Mike’s then a final, short, de-brief session in the crypt.
FYI: Mark Marx will be speaking at the Vineyard Church at the Pavilion, North Parade, Bath, at their Sunday morning meeting at 10.30am on 28th April if anyone wants to hear more from him. We are looking forward to a few from the Vineyard joining us for the training days with a view to joining the HOTS Bath team.
The date proposed for our next HOTS Bath Team meeting is Monday 15th April at my home. If this is impossible for anyone please let me know so that if there are lots of ‘impossibles’ I can try a different date.
Early in the morning prior to catching the bus into town, Ara asked Daddy for a picture or word for the team. He immediately said “You are my temple”.
Then, when we arrived at Abbey Courtyard, our young and new believer friend Anna was waiting. She told us that she had started to read the New Testament but couldn’t remember what she had read. I told her that the best verse to remember was John 3.16. At this point, Dorian pointed out that there were several ‘3:16s’ and recited 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God has made His home in you?”
Up to that moment, I had not shared the word that Daddy had given me earlier that morning with anyone! Isn’t He WONDERFUL!!
Next, we spoke to members of a HOTS team from Fleetwood (near Blackpool) who were visiting.
Pat and Bob spoke to a French couple. Whilst Bob spoke to the man Pat was able to speak about the gospel of Jesus to the woman.
Dorian’s son Joel walked through the square and accepted a quick prayer from Dorian and Ara.
A girl, M, walked through with her left leg in a brace. She and her grandparents seemed to be believers. M had had an operation on her right knee before because she had been born with small, thin, knee-caps that allowed the knee to go out of joint very easily. Maureen and Dorian prayed for her knee, no immediate result but we hope to see her again. Maureen reports: “I guess I should mention that my knee is now pain free!”
Dorian asked for prayers for his on-going sciatica pain and he (was) pleased to report that it’s almost gone – however, writing on 13th April, sciatica has come back now, please pray for me on Monday!!
We are pleased to announce that Mark Marx will be in Bath to run a HOTS Training Course on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April.
HOTS was started by Mark Marx of Causeway Vineyard Church in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and he has helped establish HOTS teams all over the UK and in other parts of the world. Over two days, Friday 26th (evening) and Saturday 27th April, Mark will be running a HOTS training course in Bath. The cost is £40 per person for the 1½ day course. Anyone who would like to join is most welcome. The only pre-qualification is that you have given your life to Jesus and have been baptized with His Holy Spirit.
We know that many Christians pray for healing for others in their Churches and in their homes. The purpose of the course is to offer training for praying for people you know nothing about and doing so publically, out on the streets.
If you would like to come on the training course then please contact us via our training request form.
If you would like to join the HOTS Bath team then please contact us via our join the team form. Most team members come out for 2 sessions per month, some just once, others more often – no rules!
We will be starting our 2019 ‘season’ on Tuesday 2nd April. Details of the dates we are out on the square can be found on our Where/When page.