A new way of sharing God's love in Yarmouth
2011: On Saturday 20 August, the first of Healing on the Streets took place in Great Yarmouth with a steady stream of people requesting prayer.
Churches from Great Yarmouth worked together, with permission from the council, to offer the public the opportunity to pray with somebody. The set-up of Healing on the Streets (HOTS) is very simple; a couple of vertical banners saying ‘healing’ are erected and two or three chairs are positioned near the banners.
Volunteers hand out leaflets to passers-by explaining that HOTS is made up of individuals from local churches who are willing to pray with people.
The aim is to create a loving and compassionate environment where people can talk and pray about any situation, whether they are going through hard times or physical problems.
Dave Weeks, Pastor at City Church in Great Yarmouth reported on the day:
A dozen of us went out, on this occasion representing seven different churches from within the Borough. It was a very exciting time with a steady flow of people being prayed for. We had some excellent conversations with people and gave out numerous leaflets explaining who we were, what we were doing, and when we would be there
We met at St Nicholas’ Church at 9.00am for prayer and then headed for the Market Place from 10.00am until 12 noon
We set up outside the old Co-op in the Market Place. We put up our banners and in between placed some chairs for people to sit on whilst being prayed for.
There was a really good feel about what we were doing, and it was especially good to see folk from different churches working together.
We came away feeling very excited at how well the morning had gone, and we look forward to our next outing.
A special ‘thank you’ to those who were praying for us. Some prayed at St Nicholas' while we were out, and I know others were praying from home. We strongly believe that prayer and prayer support is the key to what we are doing, so please keep praying for us. If anyone wants to come to St Nicholas’ Church to pray on the occasions we are out, then please do so: it is so encouraging for us.
HOTS is not new to Norfolk; it also takes place in Norwich and Wymondham and the project has received some encouraging feedback. In Wymondham recently, where the churches are working together to run HOTS in their market place, a man turned up at a church and told how all the pain went from his back as he was being prayed for, and that he has had no pain since.
Dates for HOTS in September in Great Yarmouth are: