Horizons is an informal support group for ladies who are suffering with a long term illness. Maz, a member at HEC, tells us how the group came about. "Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During this period my life has been characterised by some difficult circumstances. As the fellowship at Hook has moved forward, others have found themselves in similar situations. I felt a common bond combined with a desire to help. I wanted to use my frame of reference to help others as they began the process of rebuilding their mental and physical strength.”
Our meetings are certainly not “doom and gloom”! The atmosphere is home based, relaxed and blessed by some real characters. We draw on each other but understand that our ultimate strength comes from God in heaven. The group is not just about cancer. You may have suffered from any long term illness. Through God's grace, our arms are open to you.
Two of our members run English language classes to help you integrate and become more confident, so you will enjoy your time in this country. You will find our classes stimulating and relevant to everyday life in England.
We believe that the good news of Jesus is for everyone and this is the central reason why some people in our fellowship support those who visit prisons with Prison Outreach Network, an inter-church organisation who visit many prisons up and down the country to lead Sunday morning services in the chapels of England's jails.
In addition a few of our fellowship have links to Christian Prison Resources. CPR is an organisation which exists to assist prisoners and detainees in HM Prisons, Young Offenders Institutions and Immigration Removal Centres to trust in Christ, deepen their Christian faith, and walk with Him in such a way that it causes all relationships to be profoundly changed for the better. This reflects the Bible's teaching on relationships. A significant part of the ministry of CPR is also to assist Prison Chaplains in their work. To support this, CPR is involved in raising the profile of prison ministry among Christian leaders, congregations and individual Christians.
We pray that God might use Christian men and women who share the the good news about Jesus with inmates of our Country's jails to change lives and restore relationships, with God, family and community.
"...when I was in prison you came and visited me" Matthew 25:36
Restoration is a support group for those who suffer from a mental illness in any measure and for those who care for them or have a desire to get involved in supporting others who suffer. We want to see people restored in their minds as they share the word of life with each other. We want people to leave feeling refreshed and restored spiritually, mentally and physically.
Our times together involve home-made cake and tea, a chat time, a word to encourage us in our faith during our experiences, and prayer for each other and anyone whom we know who suffers in their mind. Every now and again a visit from a Christian professional will bring a talk on specific issues and there are sometimes book reviews by the members of the group.
We have a group of single people who meet up for social events and outings. These events are varied and can involve a time at the local pub, or visits to the theatre, cinema, or walks and visits to RHS trusts.
Every second Monday (at 10am and 8pm) in the month we hold a prayer meeting for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for following Jesus. All are welcome to the meetings.
We also have regular times in the main church prayer meetings plus slots in church services in order to give more information on our wider church family. We sometimes run events to raise awareness and finances. These include: The Open Doors Great Big Tea Party, writing cards at Christmas to Christians imprisoned for their faith, and socials to write cards and get more information.
"I tell you the truth, anyone who gives a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward." Mark 9:41