Monday, 24 November 2014

Pauline reports herself

Teaching and Ministry Away Day.
On Saturday the 22 November a group of 11 of us from St. John’s went along to St. Hilda’s Church at Ravenscar to take part in the Alpha course DVD with Nicky Gumbel, having been through the first session “Who is the Holy spirit?” at St. John’s the previous evening.
In the Church Hall we started with tea and biscuits very kindly provided by Liz kitching. There were two morning session, “What does the Holy Spirit do?” and “How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?” All three sessions gave the answers to the questions posed. They were thought provoking, funny, serious and informative. After these three sessions we had lunch together and then did our own thing for about half an hour. Some stayed indoors, some went out into the damp air for a refreshing walk, it was damp but not that cold.
It is worth saying at this point that I had been praying about the impending events of this day for a while and wanted desperately to experience the Holy Spirit, I had had a dream and a huge eye was looking at me and a voice said to me “You will see” I didn’t really understand what this was and to be honest I didn’t expect to feel anything more than I had felt at my Confirmation, which was a wonderful experience, I was on a high for three days.
We were now ready for the afternoon session in the Church. We had heard different stories of how people react when they encounter the Holy Spirit but I thought, this won’t happen to me. What a surprise, I had been praying for only a short while, or so it seemed, when I heard a strange noise, a very high pitched sort of singing, not a soprano, higher. I started to tingle from my toes upward, I can’t really remember where it stopped but I started to tremble, mostly on my right had side and then to cry. I was aware of Andrew our Vicar and Liz Kitching one of our (retired) Vicars praying over me, and the singing, the tingling and the trembling subsiding and then building up again, when this had subsided again I recall Liz saying to me do you want to sit down, which I did. It took me a while to gather myself together and then I joined in the praying over the others who were receiving the Holy Spirit or having healing prayer.
It was altogether a wonderful, amazing and Godly experience and I hope this account of my experience will encourage someone else to take part in future teaching and ministry away days.
God Bless you all.
Love from Pauline Jackson

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