Celebration Service, Watton
As the Toftwood
Celebration Service was such a success and much appreciated by those who
attended, we felt it right to arrange another Celebration Service, this time at
Watton Pentecostal Church, on Saturday 9th March 2002.
The theme for the next
weekend on 1st - 3rd November was "Entering into God's Rest", so we decided to
focus on "Resting in His Presence", not realising this would become a reality
on the night!
We made our plans -
Rachael Adams from Watton Pentecostal Church and Anita Clarke from Dereham
Baptist Church were leading the worship team, Angela Pye was leading the
meeting and Tina Pawsey was to be the speaker.
anticipation grew as we neared the date. We'd done all we could, we'd prepared
ourselves, we'd prayed and asked the Lord to have his way. Our desire was for
the evening to be an opportunity for women to 'Rest in His Presence'.
Then the unexpected
happened! There was a power cut in Watton during the afternoon of Saturday 9th
March. Half the town was blacked out, including the church building! We prayed
The meeting was due to
start at 7.30 pm and as the time drew nearer, with no electricity restored,
some very helpful men from Watton Pentecostal Church put candles all around the
church. The effect on walking into the church was quite lovely. The building
began to fill up with women from many different churches around the area and we
were thrilled that so many had come along. Still we believed that the
electricity would be restored in time for the start of the meeting, but it
Undeterred, we went ahead,
believing that God had something special in store for us. Anita was unable to
play her piano brought over especially for the event and we had no microphones.
But we had a guitar and our voices and a determination to worship the Lord
We began to worship and it
felt as though we were moving into the holy of holies, right into God's
presence. The Holy Spirit was hovering over us - it was almost tangible and at
one time it seemed that no-one wanted to move and break the intimacy that women
were enjoying with the Lord.
Tina's message was about
the journey into God's presence and where we were on that journey, what
obstacles needed removing to enable us to move closer to God, and how we can
learn to dwell in God's presence.
After the message, prayer
ministry was offered and during that time, worship continued. There was a
hushed silence at one point when we allowed God to minister to us, as we rested
in his presence.
When speaking to some of
the women afterwards, they thought the candlelight was deliberate and remarked
how lovely it looked as they entered the church. They commented that it was a
very special time and some of them felt more able to draw closer to God in the
intimacy of the candlelight.
Those who were ministering
in leading or speaking all felt as though we'd muddled through the evening, but
by the end of the service, we realised that God had answered our prayer. He
took away all the things we rely on and ministered to us Himself as we dwelt in
The electricity came
back on at about 11.00 pm!