Following the model initiated by Mark Marx of Causeway Coast Vineyard, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, we offer prayer for healing or any other need in the City centre fortnightly on Mondays (term time) and fortnightly throughout the year on Saturdays. All sessions run from midday until 1.30 including set up & pack down time.
We currently meet at Coventry Prayer House, though this will soon be changing – watch this space! We then go out to pray in the area between Holy Trinity Church and Broadgate – whatever the weather…
We usually have a team of 6 to 10 from several churches, and we pray in pairs, kneeling while the person receiving prayer sits on the chair provided by us.
To use Mark Marx’s words:
Healing on the Streets is a simple, but beautiful way, to reach out to the lost and hurting on the streets of your town or city. It enables you to connect with your community every week, powerfully expressing God’s love in the market place, whatever the weather. We simply invite people to sit on chairs so we can pray for them.
The HOTS model is simple yet profound, gentle yet powerful, full of God’s presence and brimming over with love. We create a thin place on the streets where heaven and earth meet, and people can encounter Jesus. It is marked by a true sense of peace. Amongst the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers, walks the Prince of Peace. The kingdom comes, stillness falls; passers-by begin to slow and stop, as the deepening presence of God draws their hearts. Over time we build relationships, creating stepping stones for people to come to Jesus, and be healed along the way.
We provide training to ensure that all team members adhere to the model, which includes avoiding religious jargon, introducing ourselves by name, not touching the person without permission, showing them respect, watching and praying (eyes open!), taking authority in the name of Jesus over the illness/condition disclosed, asking for feedback and much more.
However, those who are interested in joining us can come out and shadow an experienced person to get a feel for it before receiving training.
We wear official Hope Coventry Healing on the Streets lanyards at all sessions.
We have had many encouraging stories of how God has touched and healed many people of various conditions over the last few years. Some have come to faith as a result. and we get people coming back weeks or months later to share the real difference prayer has made in their lives.
A sub-group of Hope Coventry organises the ministry, consisting of Angus & Sally Ormes (Streams of Life), Vicki Sutton (Coventry Vineyard), Doug Whiffen (King’s Church) and Ian and Rose Jenkins (St Bart’s), and Angus is the Link person on the Hope Coventry board.
HOTS Coventry has been running for almost four years now, and in April 2016, we began a second site in Riley Square, Bell Green. HOTS takes place there on Saturdays, once every 4 weeks, avoiding City Centre dates.
Our flyers contain this message:
At Healing on the Streets, we believe God loves you and can heal you. We are aware that prayer and medical advice are complementary, not mutually exclusive. We encourage everyone to seek essential treatment for conditions for which medical advice should be sought. If you are on any medication stay on it. Under no circumstances should you stop doing anything a medical professional or counsellor has advised.
If you wish to join us or find out more, please contact Angus (07874 691211), Doug (07795 805950) or Rose (07886 396523).