What is “Healing on the Streets”?
There is nothing complicated involved. The team meet on a Saturday morning, put up a banner simply stating Prayer for Healing. Through giving out leaflets and the conversations we have with passers-by we offer to pray with people for healing or indeed for any requests they have. When someone comes and sits on a chair two or three of the team gather round to pray for a few minutes.
Aims and Values
The Healing on the Streets model is a simple, but beautiful way, to reach out to the lost and hurting on the streets of your town or city. It enables you to connect with your community every week, powerfully expressing God’s love in the market place, whatever the weather. We simply invite people to sit on chairs so we can pray for them.
This gentle ministry works within a loving, and compassionate environment, full of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It is marked by a true sense of peace. Amongst the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers, walks the Prince of Peace. Stillness falls; passers-by begin to slow and stop, as the presence of God draws their hearts…
Over time we build relationships, creating stepping stones for people to come to Jesus, and be healed along the way.
To be confirmed.
The Presence of the Holy Spirit
We want shoppers and passers-by, to experience, and enter into His presence. They are drawn by the Holy Spirit. Our total reliance is on the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing without Him. He is our partner on the streets
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. In the busiest of places we create a sanctuary, a safe place, an oasis where people can experience his peace. We pray from the place of rest.
The streets are full of broken, hurting people. We minister with gentleness and sensitivity.
“He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”
(Matthew 12: 19-21)
The ‘compelling love of Christ’ propels us out into the marketplace. Whether they are healed or not, people who come to the chairs for prayer should be left in no doubt afterwards that God loves them, and that here are a group of Christ passionate people who truly care and show love.
We are a compassionate people clothed, and moved by his compassion for the lost, hurting, and broken. Compassion is expressed through our words and action.
How to get involved
First contact David or Linda Isgrove. There is some training involved before going out and we plan to run a training session each term.
Come and see what we are doing. We meet outside Boots (Moseley) on the fourth Saturday of the month (11.00am-1.30pm from May 2010), and outside New Life Baptist church (Kings Heath) on the second Saturday of the month, 10.00am-12.30pm. There is also the opportunity to get involved with a multi church team outside St Martin in the Bullring every 1st Saturday in the afternoon. Check Outlook (Riverside’s weekly bulletin) for times.
“I love being involved because it’s not weird. It is gentle, loving and ‘naturally supernatural’. I was pleasantly surprised “ Dawn Theophilus.
“As Christians we have this amazing ability to take all our problems to our heavenly Father, knowing that He will answer. Going out with the Street Team is one of my ways of helping others to access God’s mighty, loving power. The fact that I feel stupid handing out leaflets when I’m wet through or frozen to my bones is irrelevant when I balance it against the joy on someone’s face as they realise that God has answered our prayers.” Margaret Fletcher.
“It’s such a privilege to pray with people and see God touch their lives gently and deeply. I’ve understood now that God can answer prayers at any time and any place.” Helen Farquharson.
“It is amazing to pray for people who are in such need and who usually would never come to church but are willing to stop during a trip to the high street! It is a privilege to be the means of sharing God’s compassion and see Him impact each person’s life. A real faith builder!” Pete Whitfield.
Contact Linda & David Isgrove by e-mail.