Beacon House of Prayer
I first went to the Beacon house of prayer two years ago on a Lay workers’ training day and was very impressed and amazed at what the house has to offer people and what God has done during the six years since it opened. It is situated very near a roundabout on the edge of the town of Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, and offers a space for people to go and join in the worship/ prayer times, or use the prayer rooms. The website tells their story ...
"We moved to Stoke on Trent in 2003 to serve a local Methodist church. At the start of 2006 we stepped out of that to seek God for a future direction in ministry. It felt as if we were standing on the edge of a new field with God saying ‘you can’t see a way but I will make a way.’ Over a period of six months we prayed and talked with friends about developing a new ministry. One word became crystal clear—’God is calling you to raise up houses of prayer, healing and renewal. In the midst of a significant citywide prayer movement since 2001 the clear prophetic call from God to us was: 'I want you to build me a house of radical worship, teaching and prayer, where the lost will be saved, the sick healed, the downtrodden raised up and my glory revealed. It shall be a holy house, a light on a hill, marked by my presence which you will carry to the nations. This is what has happened".
In December a few of us went to the house and after having a tour of the house, listening to their story, we joined in their midday worship time, when other people came in to worship with us. After lunch we spent time by ourselves in the prayer rooms. None of us wanted to leave at the end of the day.
If you want to experience a place for you and God and discover ideas to worship God then why don’t you come with us next time we visit? A comment from one person who came to the house in December, " I have really enjoyed today, it was so calm in the house, I didn’t want to leave".
Take a look at their website here.
The word ‘Beacon’ sums up a lot of the vision - may it be a light of God’s presence, a fire of night & day prayer and a signal of burning hot Christian spirituality as people live out Jesus’ love.
Young Families Worker
Written by the Minister & Members