|Transformation Thurrock held their second prayer breakfast on Saturday 27 June at Thurrock Hotel.
53 people from a variety of Christian fellowships enjoyed a sumptuous full English breakfast. They had an opportunity to bless and encourage one another. The morning began with a time of worship led by John Gorham of Fresh Hope Community in Stanford. Pete Howe of Thurrock Christian Fellowship in Grays led in prayer before a time of communion, the people on each table serving one another.
Tim Harrold then went through a brief restatement of the TT core value, expanding upon this with a series of vision statements (see below). This was done simply as an act of continuity flowing on from last July’s TT Breakfast when the website was unveiled as an outworking of the vision that emerged some months earlier. Breakfast followed, and an opportunity for fellowship and networking.
Rob Groves made a presentation covering developmental, potential and practical aspects of the TT website. He encouraged individuals to register on the website in order to receive regular e-bullets, and churches, ministries and agencies to sign up on the website’s directory. Rob went through all the site’s webpages, showing how they can be accessed, describing each one, and explaining how they can be of benefit to individuals and groups.
Tim followed this with a review and preview of TT’s prayer activities, covering the ongoing Thames Gateway Prayernet, the up and coming Thurrock & Havering Schools’ Prayer Day (3 October), and the monthly Transformation Thurrock Prayer gatherings. The major emphasis, however, was the preparation for the inaugural Thurrock Day of Prayer (24 October) at Hassenbrook School, where it’s hoped 300 of the borough’s Christians will come together in united prayer and worship.
Rob concluded this section of the morning with an overview of the mission side of TT, mentioning Bar’N’Bus and ideas for the future, including social enterprise schemes, the proposed Hardie Park skatepark, and the possibility of some kind of community festival (like Sidcup’s Lark In The Park). Of course, TT is there not only to facilitate but also to be a resource for other missional projects where unity is a central objective.
The final period of the morning was taken up with prayer. Each table was given statements based on verse 6-12 from Isaiah 58 – God’s chosen fast (see below). Being a challenge to the church, these were used as catalysts for praying for the transformation of Thurrock.
Right at the very end, everyone joined in prayer for Jo Norton, a major at Wandsworth Salvation Army where she ran a 24-7 Prayer Boiler Room and was the borough’s area co-ordinator for Global Day of Prayer. She had been struck down with a brain hemorrhage two weeks before, and at the time of the TT breakfast was unconscious in hospital. Sadly, she dies later that day, leaving her husband, Major Alan Norton, and three children. Tim will be attending the funeral on 13 July. Thank you to all who prayed for Jo – please now pray for her family.
Thank you to all who came to the TT Prayer Breakfast or who sent their apologies. It is another signpost on the journey towards God’s blessing upon our borough, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and making famous the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, as the place where filthy water has collected is transformed into the place where fresh water flows.
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Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins