The Plan – The Big Picture

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Session 1 this evening covers “The Plan”, as part of the Big Picture.

Over 12 evenings during March, April and May 2017 we will be running the Big Picture Bible course as part of our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings.

The evenings will start with a short time of praise and worship at 8pm, watching the 15 minute DVD, followed by discussion in small groups with general feedback at the end.  The evening will finish with drinks 9.30pm.

For more see http://www.houseoftheopendoor.org/calendar/bigpicture

 

CANCELLED: October First Friday: David White – “What Jesus is doing in your life”

CANCELLED… 

Apologies that our Friday night speaker has had to cancel due to poor health.  David’s visit is postponed.  

Our speaker for Friday TBC.

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David White will be speaking at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for October.   

David is a regular visitor to community’s guest house and a long standing friend.

The evening starts at 8pm with Praise and worship, followed by David speaking on the theme “What Jesus is doing in your life“.

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome. 

No need to book.  The evening ends at 10pm with refreshments.

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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David has had over 35 years as a church leader in many different parishes, from the inner city to rural to coastal to suburbia.

Throughout this time he  has known the joys and sorrows of pastoral ministry, its costs and delights.

He now devotes himself to preaching God’s Word, and encouraging a deeper walk in the Spirit.

Living in Cornwall, he is married to Ruth, has three sons, two daughters in law, and four grandchildren.

July First Friday: John Proctor / Dom McDermott from ENC communities

At our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for July, we welcome two leaders of Christian communities to share with us: John Proctor and Dominic McDermott.

Both come from communities which are part of the European Network of Communities (ENC) which HOD became part of last year. Both are visiting our community this weekend in July and will share the First Friday night talk.  

They will share about what the Lord is doing in their communities here in the UK, and also about the ENC and what God is doing through this network of communities across Europe.

For more information about the speakers, please see below.  

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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John Proctor was born in 1953 in Liverpool, England, married in 1976 to Alicia with 4 sons and has 4 grandchildren in Ireland. He had a career in Financial Services as National & International Sales manager until age 50.  

After becoming involved in Charismatic renewal in mid 70’s, he founded the Alabaré Christian Covenant Community in 1984 which became a Lay Association of the Faithful in Canon Law in 2000.

Now living in Salisbury in SW England, John established Alabaré Christian Care & Support supporting homeless and vulnerable adults. They support around 2500 clients a year at a cost of £8million.

Upon leaving Financial Services in 2003 John and his wife established a nursery school and now has 7 schools. He also ran a guest house for the Community which has now developed into a young persons missional Community which he supports.

John was ordained a Permanent Deacon some 29 years ago, being the youngest in the UK at that time.

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Dominic McDermott, 56, lives in the UK and is a married Catholic member of two communities, one of which is a small Celtic community that he leads.

For the last fifteen years he was involved in a full-time prison ministry & before that was an ecumenical youth-worker.

He is a member of the national team and a key-intercessor for TJCII (Towards Jerusalem Council Two), an international ministry working to unite the gentile and Jewish parts of the Body of Christ.

He has been part of the ENC (European Network of Communities) Council for many years, responsible for the intercession and prophetic input and is part of their ACTs (Assisting Coaching Training seminars) team.

He lives a prophetic lifestyle and loves to teach on hearing from God. He is also an interpreter of dreams, a landscape gardener, a carpenter/locksmith with an M.Sc. in A.I. who makes swords and loves to sing!

June First Friday: Andrew Pearkes

Andrew Pearkes will be speaking at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for June.  

Andrew will speak on the theme “Marantha – the healing Love of Jesus”

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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Andrew Pearkes is the founder and leader of Maranatha Ministries.  Andrew regularly ministers in churches and conferences in the UK.

He also ministers in over 22 countries in America, Africa, Europe, the middle east and the Arctic. He has seen God heal, save and deliver many thousands of people over the last 35 years.

He has seen God do many extraordinary miracles, and has a heart to take God’s power to the nations, moving in a strong prophetic anointing and been used by God in churches across the nation and Europe. 

Andrew has a vision to train and equip the body of Christ to carry out the ministry of Jesus.

Andrew is a member of the International Association of Healing Ministries – http://healing-ministries.org/en/

 

 

Feb First Friday: Rev David Cook: “Discipleship – the Road to Maturity”

Revd David Cook, previously vicar of Chipping Campden, will be speaking at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for February.  

David will speak on the theme “Discipleship – the Road to Maturity”

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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Having spent almost the first four years of his life in a Prisoner of War camp in Japan, David was brought up in the Far East and the U.K.

After reading History and Theology at Oxford, he ministered in a housing estate in Chatham, followed by 18 years in South Africa, both in youth work and then in a large multiracial parish in Cape Town.  Returning to England, he was Team Rector at Newbury and then Vicar of Chipping Camden.  

David now lives with his wife in Bourton-on-the-Water.  The have four adult children and two grandchildren.

“Experiences from the Desert” led by Andrew Swinford – Friday night fellowship meeting

 

Our Third Friday night speaker for November is Andy Swinford.  Andy will speak on the theme “Experiences from the Desert”

All welcome.
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Andy Swinford lives in Birmingham where until his recent retirement he taught at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls. He is an elder in his church, Pavilion Christian Community.

He has a particular interest in the writings of C S Lewis and has spoken about them at Hod before; he has also done presentations on the author’s work for churches in Birmingham.

He has contributed essays to the Zondervan book ‘The Christian Tradition in English Literature’ and has an MA in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ.

 

“C S Lewis: Encounters with Aslan” led by Andy Swinford – Friday night fellowship meeting

Our Fourth Friday night speaker for January is Andy Swinford.  Andy will speak on the theme C S Lewis: ‘Encounters with Aslan’

All welcome.
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Andy Swinford lives in Birmingham where he teaches at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls. He is an elder in his church, Pavilion Christian Community.

He has a particular interest in the writings of C S Lewis and has done presentations on the author’s work for churches in Birmingham.

He has contributed essays to the Zondervan book ‘The Christian Tradition in English Literature’ and has an MA in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ.

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November First Friday night speaker: Rev Nick Helm

Rev Nick Helm is the speaker for our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting in November.

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Nick will speak on the theme “Discernment”.

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Rev Nick Helm

Nick works for the Diocese of Hereford and is responsible for the in-service development of the clergy.

He was born and grew up in South Africa, leaving at the end of his schooling.

An Anglican priest since 1989 he has had ten years of parish ministry in the urban settings of east London and Sheffield. He was Advisor in Spirituality in the Sheffield Diocese for ten years before taking up his current position.

He continues to encourage prayer and spiritual growth through courses, talks, retreats and spiritual direction.

His spiritual journey has been greatly helped by Ignatian spirituality and he published a Grove book on the subject in 2014.

He enjoys the music of Van Morrison, Rock Climbing and regular visits to South Africa, particularly its wilderness areas.

September Fourth Friday night speaker: Robert Weston

Robert Weston is the speaker as an extra invited speaker for the fourth Friday in September, at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting.robweston

He will be speaking on 23 September on the theme of “God’s Mercy”

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Robert Weston

Robert Weston is a Christian author and speaker well known to our community and fellowship through the many talks he has given and retreats he has led for us.

You can discover more about his work with Ruach Breath of Life Ministries through his website Ruach ministries and his blog www.ruachmin.wordpress.com.

October First Friday night speaker: Russ Parker

russparkerRuss Parker is the speaker for our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting in October.

Russ will speak on the theme “The Power of Blessing”.

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Rev Dr RUSS PARKER

Rev Dr Russ Parker was Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation from 1995-2013.   Russ’s contribution as Director was to teach, write, develop training materials and lead a dedicated staff of over 20 people.

Russ was Acorn’s International Ambassador in which he was responsible for developing partnerships on listening and reconciliation in 12 nations ranging from Rwanda, Burundi, Hong Kong and the United States.

Russ is now the Director of Healing Wounded Churches which exists to help churches to resolve and heal their legacies of unhealed stories and their issues and move forward in a renewed ability to flourish as God intends

Russ is the author of a number of books which include:  “Healing Dreams”, “Healing Death’s Wounds”; “Free to Fail”, “Forgiveness is Healing”, “The Wild Spirit,” “Visions in the Night,” “Healing Wounded History,” Wild Spirit of the Living God an anthology of prayer poems for public and private use.   His latest book, published in February 2014 is “Rediscovering the Ministry of Blessing.”

Russ travels extensively around the UK and abroad, lecturing and teaching in issues connected with Christian Healing and Healthcare, Reconciliation and Church Transformation.

Russ was a Baptist Pastor from 1972 –77, ordained in the Church of England in 1981.  Assistant Curate in Bolton 1981 –1985, Incumbent of Christ Church, Coalville 1985 – 1990, joined Acorn in 1990 and was Director from 1995-2013.  Russ was the Co-founder and Director of Christian Care and Counsel, a Christian Counselling ministry based in the East Midlands.

He is also a co-founder of the Community of Aidan and Hilda whose mother house is situated on the holy island of Lindisfarne.

He is a founder member of the Fellowship of Christ the Healer(UK and USA) which exists to resource leaders of residential healing and healthcare initiatives.

He is co-founder of Whole Person Healthcare Network, an initiative to support and resource Christian healthcare professionals within the NHS.

He has a post graduate degree in Phenomenology and Theology from Nottingham University in which his thesis was entitled Dreams as a Religious Phenomenon.

Russ was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the United States in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Christian ministry and for his many writings and his teaching abilities.  In particular it was given for the standard of scholarship in his latest book “Healing Wounded History” which is about reconciling peoples and healing places.

Russ is married to Roz and lives near Farnham, Surrey. His hobbies are photography and visiting Celtic holy places.

He supports Liverpool Football Club, whether they are winning or losing!