Bridget and I wish to place on record our sincere thanks to Steve, Monica and yourselves for what was another touch of Heaven as we worshipped together at Bungay. And of course to Yeshua Himself who made it all possible. As seasoned conference samplers, we rejoice in new pathways, new experiences, new insights and a new depth of relationship with Him and His Saints“ John & Bridget Birch

There are your usual conferences, with conveyor-belt teaching and predictable programmes … then there are Foundations conferences! This is not an idle boast, simply a declaration that there can be new ways of doing things that can benefit people in ways that they never even imagined. When you pull away the structures that have been there for centuries, you may be left with chaos and anarchy, or perhaps something else … ?

The signals were there for those among the 58 intrepid souls who met at the end of September at Belsey Bridge conference centre and were having their first encounter with a Jo Jones worship session. Having rearranged the seating into a random configuration she initiated an evening of congregation-led singing, readings, proclamations, prophecies etc. At one point a choir of angels could be heard by some.

The teaching, by Peter Sammons, on his 20:20 vision for the Church was well received. Yet we only gave him four short slots, connected by sessions that we call Freedom in the Spirit. The idea was to give freedom for folk to digest and consider his teaching, whether through small yeshiva study sessions, quiet times of prayer and repentance, testimony and proclamation, prayer walks, dance and worship, bible reading or crafts ‘n’ chat. In the evening Jo switched things around by allowing various members of the congregation to take turns leading, having being pre-prompted.  Meanwhile Jean Fletcher had started the conference timeline on a wallpaper roll, giving the story of the weekend and stretching halfway round the room by the end of the conference! And Michael Oakley continued to amaze us with his talents, taking on the job of 3 or 4 people in running the sound desk, doing announcements etc.

In the final morning we had a Rosh Hashanah presentation by a dance team trained by Ginnie and Rosie, followed by a choir tutored by Jo, followed by messianic worship led by Dave and Keila, dragging most to their feet. We shared cholla bread and the traditional apples and honey. This was followed by testimonies, prayer and healings (at least three recorded).

No recordings or words can describe the indescribable, the love and fellowship between those 58 people, many experiencing freedoms in worship (not just music!) they have never encountered before in church. It was truly a touch of heaven that weekend … but you really had to be there! A few have already declared their intention to book for our next regional, in Devon in December, despite the long travelling distances. How about you?

Many blessings

Steve Maltz

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This is the first session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons introduces his 2020 vision. TO HEAR THE MP3

This is the second session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Steve Maltz introduces the day. TO HEAR THE MP3

This is the third session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on his 2020 vision. TO HEAR THE MP3

This is the fourth session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on his 2020 vision. TO HEAR THE MP3

This is the fifth session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on his 2020 vision. TO HEAR THE MP3

This is the final morning of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. This is the sumnary and testimonies TO HEAR THE MP3

AN INITIAL REPORT

TESTIMONIES AND COMMENTS

We are a group of ordinary Christians with a hunger for genuine fellowship with deep growth and real joy, underpinned by authentic Biblical teaching. Foundations conferences seek to offer these in an atmosphere of authentic worship in mind, body and spirit.

This is the fifth session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on his 2020 vision.

TO HEAR THE MP3

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This is the fourth session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on his 2020 vision.

TO HEAR THE MP3

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This is the first session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons introduces his 2020 vision.

TO HEAR THE MP3

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This is the third session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on his 2020 vision.

TO HEAR THE MP3

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This is the second session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Steve Maltz introduces the day.

TO HEAR THE MP3

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This is the final morning of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. It will give you a flavour of what happens at our conferences.

TO HEAR THE MP3

We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.

This was a greatly anticipated conference, not least because of the spiritual battles leading up to it, including a major health scare and the best efforts of Storm Doris to trhwart us (one effect of this actually featured on Sky News as Stella, our delegate from Cyprus arrived in a plane severely pommelled by the angry winds to an extent that its initial landing on the runway was aborted!).

The conference went swimmingly well (some even actually went swimming in the heated indoor pool!), helped by the excellent facilities and helpful staff at Abbot Hall hotel. The conference was kicked off by David Jones' poignant and clever presentation of the wide reach of anti-Semitism in the Church and politics, accompanied by a music video of a Song for Israel by his talented wife, Jo, our main worship leader. You can hear it here. The Saturday featured three talks, spread through the day, with the first two followed by a yeshiva, giving people a chance to 'grill the speakers'. The first and last presentation was by 'Bible man', David Serle, with a masterclass of Bible exposition, presenting a good case for re-examining the Gospel in the light of Israel and the Jews and giving us fresh ideas and much to think about. Wedged inside the 'Serle sandwich' was John Bidwell's excellent description of God's covenants. As usual 'Freedom in the Spirit' provided the structure for the day with crafts, prayer walks, dance, Bible readings and the quiet room all being well attended. During the day a dance team and a choir were recruited and trained.

On the Sunday, the dance team, led by Ginnie and Rosie, performed a short drama that had veryone in tears, with a visual re-enactment of the importance of aliyah for the Jewish people. The choir performed Jo's song and another one, followed by messianic worship led by David & Keila, finishing off with a time of testimonies and worship lead by Jo. It was a fantastic time of fellowship, with a very special bunch of people. One delegate remarked that the weekend was more of a Christian house party than a conference. Most were in agreement, as they all went on their way with smiles on their faces.

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