Last month we had a Gift Day at The Belfrey to support various excellent mission agencies influencing York and the region, for the Diocese of York of whom we're so pleased to be a part, and for a few particular items of expenditure for ourselves. Thanks to all the Belfrey folk who've given to this Gift Day. You're giving is really appreciated and valued. We set a target of at least £40,000 for the Gift Day and I'm pleased to say that we're nearly there. At present we're about £6,000 short of the target. We can live with this slight short-fall. It's not a big problem. And normally by now we'd have closed off the Gift Day and move on. But as I've prayed about it I sense there's more to come. I suspect there are a few who haven't given who still feel called to do so. Or maybe some who've already given who are prompted to give more. Or maybe some from outside The Belfrey who love our vision and what we're about and just want to give. That's why we're going to keep the Gift Day open a bit longer and see if there really is more to come. (If you want to give to the Gift Day, simply drop an envelope into church or the office clearly marked 'Gift Day 2016'. Thanks).
We've had some lovely stories of healing recently at The Belfrey. And there's more to come. Here's one I shared with the church family in a recent Friday News. Chris Dobson - one of our churchwardens - was part of the prayer ministry team at The6 recently when a young man came forward and said he was a believer from Sheffield with a painful back. Whilst praying about his back at home the young man had felt God say 'go to St Michael le Belfrey in York and you will be healed' - and so here he was! Chris said that when he heard this, faith rose up in him for the young man's healing. So he and his prayer-partner placed their hands on his back and spoke healing in Jesus' name - and he was healed. There and then. The young man tested it and it was fine! This story is encouraging for lots of reasons. First it's great that the young man was healed. It's also lovely that Chris and his prayer-partner should be used by God to bring healing in this way. But it's also encouraging that the Lord is sending people to us to be healed. He knows that we're willing to pray and expectant of his healing power. That's why we should be ready for more. For many more. I think there's more to come.
Last Sunday we know that at least four people made a decision at The Belfrey to give their lives to Jesus Christ. One in the morning at the Marathon Cafe and three in The6 in the evening. Choosing to follow Jesus Christ in this way is the greatest miracle of all, and it's so exciting to be a church that sees this on a regular basis! I'm so thankful to God. But I also know there's more to come. One of my prayers over the last seven years or so has been that the Lord would add daily to our number those being saved (Acts 2:47) - that is, at least seven a week! So whilst I'm thrilled at these four, let's not stop there. Let's not become satisfied or complacent. Let's keep showing practical love. Telling our stories. Inviting our friends. Pointing people to Jesus Christ. Because there's more to come.
I believe the Lord wants to tell us there's more to come. Much much more.
"God said, 'Go to St Michael le Belfrey in York and you will be healed'"
"Let's not become satisfied or complacent. Let's keep showing practical love. Telling our stories. Inviting our friends. Pointing people to Jesus Christ. Because there's more to come"
Blog written by Matthew Porter. Matthew and his family have been in York at The Belfrey since 2009 and he's been our Vicar since summer 2010.