Friday night Fellowship meeting – Yoofi Clarke (YouTube livestream)

We are restarting our live Friday Fellowship Meetings, and on Friday November 12 our speaker will be Yoofi Clarke.

Yoofi coordinates Praise Fest, a Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer group in Milton Keynes, and is a member of the Charis service team (CDSC) for the diocese of Northampton.

Yoofi will be speaking on the theme “Standing your Ground”

Our fellowship meeting will be in the Tithe Barn at HOD for those who live locally. 

For the first time we hope to livestream part of the evening on our YouTube channel which is new this year.

Please join us as we seek the Lord together.  

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates.


Yoofi Clarke serves the Lord as Coordinator of Praise Fest, a vibrant Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer group in the cluster of St. Barnabas parishes in Milton Keynes.
He served as a member of the Diocesan Service Team for Northampton Diocese for over five years and was recently appointed as the interim Coordinator of the new Charis Diocesan Service Committee.
Yoofi has been involved in Catholic Charismatic Renewal for over 27 years and desires to see unity in the Body of Christ, and for us to live our faith outside the walls of the church building by developing a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit and being attentive to His voice in our daily activities.
He lives in Buckingham with his lovely wife Pep and their 2 amazing children.

Preparation for Advent Creative Retreat Days


These two days will be led by Janey Petterson (Ceramicist and Photographer) from the Craft Studio, House of the Open Door Community.

More information about Janey’s work can be seen on her website:   – Images and Pots of Glory

Using air dry clay (not too messy!), we will explore together two of the characteristics of the coming King and Messiah – The vulnerability and meekness of the baby Jesus in the manger, and the power and the majesty of Christ the King.

Come to one or both days…

Whilst it is hoped that most people will be able to attend both days, if you are not able to do so, you are welcome to attend only one.

No artistic ability is necessary but an apron might be helpful!

Please also bring a notebook and pen.

For both days, visitors are asked to arrive at 9.45am, ready to start at 10.00am. The day finishes at 4pm.

Please bring a packed lunch, and drinks will be provided.

Suggested Contribution…

Suggested contribution for each day, which includes the cost of materials, is £30 per person.

Overnight accommodation:  There is limited self-catering accommodation if you need to stay overnight, with Breakfast provided. Contribution: £35 per person


For booking forms for day visitors and overnight guests, please  Contact Us 

September Quiet Day of Painting and Prayer

This day will start with a short introduction, followed by a reflection led by Margaret Wade. Then for the rest of the morning you will quietly paint as a response to the reflection. …

All are welcome – artists, absolute beginners and the curious!

For more details and to book please see our page Quiet Days of Painting and Reflection

Please see our page Coronavirus (COVID-19) about your safety when staying with us as a day visitor.  This includes the measures we are taking to ensure your safety, and precautions such as social distancing which we ask you to take during your time with us.

Men’s Day outdoors

The next Men’s day at HOD will be on Saturday, September the 12th

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121

After introductions and a time of worship, we’ll make our way to the nearby hills.

Provision will be made for the physically challenged, who we will get to our destination in one piece.

One of the party will be the Rt. Rev. Pat Kilgarriff. “Fr. Pat” was a Parish Priest in Malvern for some years and he knows the local hills well.  Before coming here he was the Rector of the Venerable English College in Rome.  He’ll give some input and pointers for reflection before we set out and when we gather together again before heading back.

If the weather is unsuitable for a walk in the hills we’ll have our meeting at HOD.

We will assemble at HOD in the Tithe Barn at 9am for drinks. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please contact us  to let us know if you are coming, or if you have any queries.

Friday Reflection: Peter and Pentecost (John Trimming)

At our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for the last Friday in May, John Trimming from community will lead us in a reflection on Peter and Pentecost.

After Peter’s betrayal of the Lord during his Passion, he experienced his own emptiness.  The Lord Jesus restored him in love at one of his resurrection appearances, allowing him to express love, and reaffirming his command to Peter to feed his sheep.

But what produced the boldness and wisdom in Peter that we see in Acts chapters 1 and 2?   Winning thousands to Christ, and confronting those who weeks previously had crucified the Lord?

So soon after Peter’s public weakness and failure, how did the gift of the Holy Spirit (the promise of the Father) transform Peter into the “Rock” that Christ had prophesied, “strong in the strength of the Lord”?

Join us as we seek the Lord together…

Concert at HOD: Nick Battle and Friends – with Ebb & Flow and Steve Nelson

Concert at HOD in the Tithe Barn – Thursday 27th June 8pm

Nick Battle

Nick Battle

Nick Battle and Friends

with Ebb & Flow and Steve Nelson

Nick Battle is a musician, author, funeral celebrant and occasional broadcaster. He is also a man of faith. His music career has seen him work with everyone from Sir Cliff Richard to the Spice Girls and write songs with Gary Barlow. He lives to create, communicate and to be compassionate.

Nick is joined in this concert by acclaimed folk group Ebb & Flow, and leading Americana artist Steve Nelson.

Places are limited and tickets must be pre-booked at £12 each, but can be collected at the door on the night.

Please contact the bookings secretary at HOD to reserve tickets and for payment details.

Nick Battle has enjoyed a long and varied career in the music industry. He was in 70’s rock band After The Fire, worked at IRS records in the 80’s as an A&R man (his first top 10 hit was the novelty record by Karel Fialka) ‘Hey Matthew’.

He ran his own independent record promotion business from 1988-1993 and his clients included George Benson, Sir Cliff Richard, Ronnie Wood, Take That, Clannad, & Paul Hardcastle among many others.

In 1993 he helped start the music publisher Windswept Pacific Music Ltd and introduced Simon Fuller (his former client) and the Spice Girls to the company. At the height of the company’s success they enjoyed 44 top 40 hits in one year with a team of just two creative staff.

He has had his songs recorded by the actress Jane Horrocks, Michael Ball, Sir Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck and has written with Gary Barlow, Tony Swain, Chris Eaton & David Grant.

As an Executive Producer in the noughties he made records with Russell Watson, Michael Ball (four albums) the Honeyriders and Engelbert Humperdinck.

He is in demand as a great judge of the popular song and has served on the Ivor Novello’s
committee as well as the MPA Pop Publishers committee and was also hired by Simon Cowell to provide invaluable research to the Syco group of companies.

Between 1993-2003 his first wife fought a ten year battle with cancer and this has led to him founding the Gravel Road Trust a registered charity for carers, and patients dealing with long term illness and also the bereaved.

In 2008 he wrote his autobiography, ‘Big Boy’s Don’t Cry’ and subsequently two more books The Daily Male 1 & 2 followed along with in 2009 his album, ‘King Of My Heart’ featuring collaborations with Chaz Jankel, Kipper, Gary Barlow, Tony Swain, Chris Eaton, and Paul Field among others.

For three and a half years he also had his own radio show, ‘Men At Work…’, on Premier Radio.

At present he runs a small music publishing company, which enjoyed a No. 1 record with ‘Let’s get Ready To Rumble’ by Ant & Dec – as well as publishing Elizabeth McGovern’s band, Sadie & The Hotheads and acclaimed folk group The Open Road. He has co-authored two books with Eric Delve published by Hodder & Stoughton. ‘The Billy Fidget Letters’, & ‘Billy Fidgets Family Fortunes’, and in 2015 his latest book ‘Love, Loss & Loneliness’ was published by Authentic Media.

He lives in Cornwall is married to Nicky and has three children Misha, Jodie and Jesse, a Boxer dog called Monty and a miniature Schautzer called Betty.

He lives to create, communicate and on a good day be compassionate.

He is also a funeral celebrant and is currently writing a new book about his life and work in Cornwall.

His new album, ‘Big Heart’ is now available from all good Digital sources or you can go to:

November 2018

April 2nd Friday invited speaker – Dr Iman Riad

We have a special Fellowship Meeting for April on the Second Friday, 12 April 2019.  (There is no First Friday meeting the week before.)

We welcome guest speaker Dr Iman Riad.

Please come and join us as we seek the Lord together.  The evening concludes at 10pm with refreshments.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates this year.


Dr Iman Riad is a consultant gynaecologist in London. She was born in Cairo, Egypt in a Christian family with an orthodox background.

Her journey with the Lord started from the age of 12 years, even earlier. Since then, the Lord took her through a journey of special discipleship with ecumenical exposure and ministry where both, Eastern and Western Christianity, were being closely knitted together within her.

The journey went through: Orthodox upbringing in family and church services, Evangelical Sunday school, Catholic education, YWAM DTS, a large ecumenical ministry in Egypt, then ultimately being led into the discovery of the wells of the rich inheritance of the Early Church of the first 4 centuries when the church was one and before any of its divisions.

Iman came to the UK in 1993, for specialising as a gynaecologist, but God had other plans! God opened doors to share the Early Church teaching and life to western groups and churches, both in UK, Europe and elsewhere.

However since 2007, there was a deep desire and concern regarding digging the special wells of the U.K.’s spiritual inheritance. Along with prayers, a research was carried out. This included researching available material, visiting the spiritual landmarks of this land together with compiling a presentation covering the timeline and the spiritual genetic constitution “DNA” of the U.K.’s spiritual inheritance and how it could be restored at our present time.

Iman is single and is part of a wider community of married couples and singles. She has a heart for the Early Church inheritance , community life, and supporting those who wish to remain Single for Christ. She continues the journey that God has led her in, sharing the teaching, providing mentoring and leading small groups and discipleship schools.

May 2nd Friday speaker – Fiona Hendy from Karibu Nyumbani

We have a special Fellowship Meeting for April on the Second Friday, 14 May 2019.  We welcome back Fiona Hendy from Karibu Nyumbani (WHMT ministries, Tanzania). 

Many will know Fiona who is a former leader of our community who left in 2010 to found an orphanage at Karibu.  

Karibu was founded in 2010 when Fiona and Ludmi from The House of the Open Door met Ester from Agape Community in Dar es Salaam.

Their website tells the story of how God has led them and provided for them. and how increasingly they are seeing Karibu’s vision become a reality.  

Their stated mission is to 

  • Build a home for abandoned children and orphans in Tanzania, providing love, family and education.
  • Teach young women crafts to enable them to be independent.
  • Support local families in catering for the needs of their orphaned relatives.
  • Give an opportunity of joining our family on a short-term basis through voluntary work.
  • Offer an opportunity for others to partner with us through prayer and/or financial support

They are always looking for support and funds and we are seeking to support them all in any way we can.  

Fiona will bring the story up to date on this evening with us, sharing the latest developments in their lives.

A collection will be taken for Karibu during the evening.

Please come and join us as we seek the Lord together.  The evening concludes at 10pm with refreshments.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates this year.


June First Friday – Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau

Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau, O.P.

The speaker for our First Friday Fellowship Meeting for June will be Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau, O.P, who will be speaking on the theme  “Listening to the Holy Spirit” – the action of the Holy Spirit and more specifically how God speaks to us, and how we can listen to him.

Sister Hyacinthe has known community many years, since before she joined the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph

She speaks and writes in catechesis, and is Head of Formation for the Mission Team for Portsmouth Diocese.  She is a gifted communicator of the truths of Christian faith especially with the young, and uses the new media in her work (webinars and podcasts such as Sunday Gospel Podcasts). 

Please come and join us as we seek the Lord together.  The evening concludes at 10 p.m. with refreshments.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates.


Sr. Hyacinthe Defos du Rau, OP is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph in Lymington, UK, which she joined in 2000. She has been an associate member of the staff of Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, UK, since 2007, and is one of their MA student supervisors. She is the author of the Anchor resource for adult faith formation. Since 2007, she has been translating from French the Come, follow me catechesis.

December First Friday – Marianna Gol, “Mystery of God”

Marianna Gol

The speaker for our First Friday Fellowship Meeting for December will be Marianna Gol.  Marianna’s theme will be “the Mystery of God“.

Marianna is a Messianic Jew who leads a ministry “Streams in the Desert” serving widows and orphans.  It is her first visit to community as a speaker.

Please come and join us as we seek the Lord together.  The evening concludes at 10pm with refreshments.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates.


Marianna Gol grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia where she became a believer in Yeshua in 1991. She made Aliyah (immigrated) to Israel in 1997.

Today Marianna lives and ministers in the Negev region of Israel near Beer Sheva. She is founding Director of “Streams in the Desert” and leads an enthusiastic ministry team which focuses on serving poor and disadvantaged families, as well as Messianic children and youth in the South of Israel.

Marianna has a deep burden for unity in the Body of Messiah and for the Bride’s preparation for Yeshua’s return. She is a prophetic leader gifted in stirring others into their own gifting and callings.

Marianna travels and teaches internationally bringing a unique perspective on Oneness in the Coming Kingdom. (2018)