Following our week of prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year we had a request for some teaching about how to pray and fast to be made available online. Here are some thoughts on prayer and fasting by Sophie Toovey.
Fasting shows us we need prayer (and ultimately, God!) more than we need food.
When you fast, it’s amazing how quickly your body just craves food. You feel such a powerful hunger. It’s why fasting is so hard! But this hunger is a strong reminder to us that actually, we need prayer and we need God more than we even need food. We don’t often feel how strong our need for prayer is. Fasting gives us a very strong reminder: if this is how I feel when I go without food, how can I think I can ‘get by’ without prayer? … Read More »
As a church we need to pray more, not only for our own personal and pastoral issues, but also for our communities, our valley, for salvation and for revival.
Prayer is the engine that drives the church. Therefore, starting on Friday 6th November we are launching ‘The Engine Room’ – a monthly half-night of prayer. The Engine Room will take place at The Hope Centre and will run from 6pm until 12pm. Some may want to come and pray for the whole time. Others may want to come and just pray for a section of it. However, our desire is that ALL members of Hill City join with us as we press-in, cry out, reach up and seek God together. Christians from other local churches are also very welcome to join us.
If we don’t pray we cannot expect God to move in our church … Read More »
The situation that Christians in Iraq are currently facing is unthinkably bleak. The following article was written by Pastor Dai Hankey in order to help us better pray for persecuted Christians in Iraq.
Recent events in Iraq have affected me very, very deeply.
The brutality being unleashed by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) in northern Iraq is unlike anything I have ever heard of or comprehended. Children decapitated and cut in half. Women raped and sold into slavery. Entire families being buried alive in mass graves. Christians crucified. Property seized. Churches burned. Hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing into the deserts and hills to escape, many dying of thirst and exposure before ever finding safety.
It is sheer evil.
There is no other way to describe it.
Admittedly, not all who are suffering are Christians, as it seems that anyone who doesn’t hold to the … Read More »
One of the things that concerns me about the impact of technology and social media on Christians today is that despite its promise to simplify our lives it actually complicates them. Oftentimes what that means for our devotional lives is that we are all too easily distracted rather than getting deeply connected with God. Certainly my own experience is that countless times I’ve found myself gazing at the screen of my smartphone for the umpteenth time that day and then catching myself thinking “when was the last time I prayed today?” I even have moments of resenting that little screen for constantly snatching my attention away from my God.
Can you relate to that?
If so then hopefully, like me, you’ll be buzzin about a new smartphone app that I got hold of last week. PrayerMate is a fantastic app that has … Read More »
We are excited to introduce a new prayer and praise event for the church of the Eastern Valley.
CONNECT is all about the churches of the Eastern Valley connecting together with the sole purpose of connecting with God. The event takes place on Tuesday 16th April, 7:30pm at the Hope Centre, Pontypool. All are welcome.
Why not come and join us?
We’d love to see you.
(For more information please get in touch with us).