Boiler Room

The Boiler Room is first and foremost a place of prayer. The term Boiler Room dates back to the famous 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon and the prayer meetings he had before he preached. He called these prayer meetings Boiler Rooms because he said they fuelled his ministry, and like a boiler room on a ship, they were not seen by anyone except those working in them, but there would be no power without them.
We will be using the Boiler Room to pray for the community, but we also want it to be a place where people from the community are free to come and pray, and to bring prayer requests to ask others to pray for them.
As much as we want to pray for our community, we believe that there are times when we have to be the answer to our own prayers by serving the community. Therefore, we want people to feel able to come here with their needs so that we can offer help in any way we can, through prayer and in practical ways.
We also want to serve the community by going out from the Boiler Room and helping in practical ways. Two examples of this are Servolution and Street Pastors.



What is a Servolution?

1. To initiate a complete and radical change of a persons life through simple acts of kindness for the glory of God.
2. God's Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
3. A church revolution through serving.

Servolution is all about seeing needs and meeting them. We have already done some work like this. For example, we have decorated homes, taken up carpets and dug up gardens for people who were unable to do it themselves, and cleared litter around Ormskirk.
We want to identify more needs around the community and seek to meet them. Whilst we will be actively searching for needs we can meet, the easiest way to meet the needs of people is if they tell you what they need, so if you have any needs you think we can meet then please let someone know.


Street Pastors

Another way of serving the community is Street Pastors, a nationwide initiative. Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now over 100 teams around the United Kingdom.
Each city project is set up by Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and local churches and community groups, in partnership with Police, Council and other statutory agencies.
West Lancashire District Council, Lancashire Police and the churches of Ormskirk have come together to bring Street Pastors to the streets of Ormskirk. People will be going out on Friday nights from January.


Serving Nations

As well as serving our local community, we want to serve in some areas of the world in need of help. Even in these difficult economic times, as a nation we are still extremely wealthy compared to much of the world, and so we want to help people who are living in poverty.
One way we are already doing this is by sponsoring children through an organisation called Compassion. Compassion support children in developing countries across Africa, Asia, and both Central and South America. People in Ormskirk Christian Fellowship sponsor a number of children in a project in India.
We want to expand our efforts in helping people who are living in poverty by starting foreign mission trips, because as well as going out from the Boiler Room and serving the local community, we believe it is important to go out and serve people across the world.




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