18 months ago we were part of a team of Christians that were beginning to ‘plant’ a new church in Wolverhampton – today we had a massive celebration to mark that over the last year and a half we have transitioned from a church plant into a fully fledged church.
In that time Grace Church Wolverhampton has seen many people from the local community impacted by their experience of God – people have been set free from the things that have trapped them, many have encountered God and been baptised, we get a good number worshiping together on a Sunday morning, have seven midweek groups meeting across the Black Country and we have seen healings from illness and injury.
Personally it has been a very positive experience and I have learnt so much – it has not been easy but it is amazing how you can grow and develop through difficult experiences. Our church leaders, Anthony & Gill Henson, have so much to teach and we are learning how to plant churches from a couple of experts! I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next 18 months has in store.
I must confess I am not much of a touchy feely spiritual person, I have very rarely felt the physical presence of God, although when I do I love it. I don’t mind being in meetings when everybody else is feeling something but it does get frustrating when you don’t get it yourself.
However, at such times, if I just sit down and enjoy the fact that God is God then I start to feel really connected to him. For me, the most powerful way to experience God, and to serve him, is through conversations with other human beings who were created by Him. That is what really makes me tick. I love to go around after a meeting and chat to people, to encourage them, comfort them, and challenge them. It is not a problem that I hardly do the whole shaking thing. It’s just the way I am wired.
On Friday night, we went to Cheltenham for a meeting of upcoming leaders from around the region. There was some good teaching but I was getting bored in the times when we worship God through singing, prophecying and praying. Nevertheless, I went away buzzing because I had some great conversations afterwards and made some new friends!
In my life Christianity is all about relationships – relationships between us and God and between each other.