Update from Gareth and Nicole Hanekom

As most of you probably know, Nicole and I moved to Liphook, Hampshire in October last year. We have been trying to visit Isleworth at least once a month, as we feel that the St John’s and St Mary’s congregations are a bit of an extended family to us and we miss everyone a lot! 

We have joined the Liphook Church Centre, which is a small, somewhat contemporary CoE, and a sister church of St Mary the Virgin in Bramshott. Much like our experience at St John’s and St Mary’s, we were made to feel incredibly welcome at our new church. We have already joined a weekly home group where we are currently learning about prayer using Pete Greig’s prayer course. 

Since September last year, we have also been taking part in The School of Radical Discipleship (TSRD), hosted at St Mary’s, Isleworth by Rev. Oli. At the school we’ve looked at the topics of Christian identity, mission, and prayer amongst others. We’ve been learning about the God we serve and how we can show His amazing love to others through our words, actions, and prayers. 

This past weekend, a few of the TSRD students and team visited Edinburgh. We had the opportunity to visit the Edinburgh School of Spiritual Transformation (ESST), hosted at St Mungo’s, Balerno, where we had a chance to worship, share testimonies, and pray together. It was a great way to really encounter the Holy Spirit and grow as prayer warriors for our Lord. 

We found that praying for and with others is important, even if we don’t necessarily feel confident about praying out loud. We’ve also learnt that prayer doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. God knows what is on our hearts and sometimes keeping our prayers simple and honest, and listening for what Jesus is telling us, is the best way to do it.

Gareth Hanekom

The School of Radical Discipleship will be hosting a Healing Café on Saturday 29th February from 1o to 11.30am at St John’s. Come and find us (and Gareth and Nicole) for a drink and snacks and the opportunity to receive prayer if you would like.