We are excited to have our friends, Norman and Margaret Moss, with us this Sunday in GVC.
Norman and Margaret have had experience of Charismatic Renewal since the 1960s. Norman was Senior Pastor of Queen’s Road Church, Wimbledon for 31 years. Together, Norman & Margaret were used to bring the church into renewal in the 1970s.
In May 1994 they visited Toronto and returned to Wimbledon where the outpouring had already begun a week before their departure. The church became a centre for the blessing, and pastors visited from many parts of the UK and Europe. In 1997 after 40 years serving the local church, Norman & Margaret felt called to wider ministry. They established “Towards Revival”, and travelled extensively. seeing the Lord move in blessing and physical healing. In the same year Fred Wright invited them to help him with the co ordination of Partners In Harvest in the UK and Europe. Their role is to give pastoral support to the PIH pastors and churches.
Norman & Margaret have 3 children, all of whom are married. They have several grandchildren. Margaret has qualifications in social work and management. She contributed to the New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology published by IVP. Norman has frequently broadcasted on Premier Radio London, and is the author of several children’s books.
I’m writing this short blog from the 2012 Revival Alliance conference in Birmingham, England. About three thousand people have registered to attend across the two venues. I’m at the meetings in the New Testament Church of God in Handsworth – a lovely venue and facilty. This year the event is being hosted by Catch the Fire / Partners in Harvest, of which we are so privileged to be a part.
Revival Alliance is made of half a dozen Christian ministries which were birthed out of or found renewal in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which began in Toronto in 1994.
What an awesome time of worship and ministry it has been so far. Bill Johnson spoke yesterday on the primary reason Jesus came – to show us and bring us to the Father. As usual, Bill’s words were filled with passion, relevance and poignancy. Yesterday evening John & Carol Arnott ministered and there was a powerful move of the Father’s love as people were healed of sicknesses and infirmities. The tangible presence of God filled the auditorium very strongly, and we realised again that God has some amazing plans for this nation – not fogotten or forsaken!
Che An from Harvest Rock California spoke this morning and prayed over every individual in the meeting. This afternoon Benni Johnson and Rolland Baker are speaking. We look for much more in these days!
It is with great anticipation that we are preparing for the visit to Golden Valley Church by Dan & Gwen Slade, International Coordinators of ‘Partners in Harvest’, the family of churches relating to ‘Catch the Fire, Toronto’ (formerly ‘Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship’).
Dan & Gwen were missionaries and church-planters in Ukraine and Eastern Europe for twelve years where they carried the fires of revival from Canada. They carry a rich Anointing of the Holy Spirit.
There is a special ‘More Lord’ revival meeting at Innsworth Community Hall on Saturday evening 29th October at 7:30pm, and they will also be speaking at the GVC morning service on Sunday 30th October.
Come along expecting much from God. He is not the disappointer of those who truly seek after Him.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration carried from the Jewish feast of Shavuot, and for us remembering the time when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church after Jesus returned to the Father. How precious is the person of Holy Spirit!! How He continues to pour out on, and among, us! What a faithful comforter and friend, still guiding us into all truth.
In our Sunday morning service this week Ian will be sharing on “My Friend the Holy Spirit”. Don’t miss it!
We will also be taking up a special offering for Partners in Harvest, the fantastic international family of churches to which we belong.
Last week several of the leaders of Golden Valley Church attended the bi-annual European Partners in Harvest conference in Hemel Hempstead.
The conference was a momentous few days of Holy Spirit impartation, teaching, testimony, and friendship; making us aware again of how much we appreciate this family of churches, to which we are affiliated. Stories of what God is doing in the nations abounded, as well as testimonies of God’s love and healing.
The main speakers were John & Carol Arnott, Rolland & Heidi Baker, Dan Slade, and Jerry Anderson (LaRed). Between them they addressed a variety of pertinent issues, and exhorted all who attended in their relationship with God. Worship, led by teams from Northern Ireland and Sunderland was truly first class and an awesome experience to be part of.
The conference was well oversubscribed, with several who attempted to book places late, having to be turned away. How fantastic is it when there is so much demand to be in God’s Presence and to go to ‘church’?!
God is very much alive and well in Europe, and we are thankful to be a part of what He is doing.