Each year we start our year with prayer and as well as meeting together this year we want to encourage our families to pray together at home. We have published a booklet with ideas, prayers, bible verses and thoughts to engage the whole family in prayer together. Our hope is to rebuild the family altar. If we can start some good habits at the beginning of the year they will continue throughout the year. We are not going to have early morning meetings so that we can focus on our evening meetings. Our theme is Awaken. Each night we are going to meet ready to worship, to hear God’s Word and to call out on God to awaken faith, love, hope, joy and power in His people. We don’t want to be limited by time so we are not having early morning meetings so we are free to worship, pray and enjoy God's presence. There will also be an opportunity to wait on God for an hour at 11:00am each day in our soaking meetings. These will also be held in the church. We also have a guest worship leader: Helen Yousaf with us on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Helen has been a passionate worshipper of Jesus since the age of 15 when she came to faith. Being a new Christian in Ilford Elim Church back in 1989 with two organs and a box of acetates, Helen found that no matter what the setting, she was always ready to sing and sometimes the songs in the box just didn’t say what she needed to say so she began capturing the heart of the sermon or perhaps the testimony that had just been shared and would quietly sing her own song to the Lord. Her Pastors encouraged her to sing out and began to teach her about Prophetic worship and its place in the service. Helen would often sense a new song and over the course of time began stepping out to deliver these melodies from heaven over the church. It wasn’t long before she recognised the songs came easier and clearer whenever she was honoured to sing to unbelievers. Evangelism beat it’s drum in Helen’s heart and to her delight the duet of Prophetic Worship and Evangelism is a heavenly sound with a clear stamp of approval in 1 Corinthians 14:25.