- Past Events of 2016-17
for our ten prayer points for our nation.
: Monthly Prayer Meetings for our nation
Sawyers Church, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood. CM15 9BN
Brentwood Baptist Church, Kings Road, Brentwood. CM14 4DR
Trinity Church, Coxtie Green Road, Pilgrims Hatch CM14 5PS
- Past Events of 2014-15
Graduation & Induction Service 2014
On 27 September 2014 many people gathered to give thanks to God for the six graduates, who successfully completed the 12-month course. After completing their training, they were duly awarded a Certificate in Church Planting and Pastoral Ministry.
It was a real blessing to hear the testimony of Ann-Marie Spence of how she felt motivated and equipped to plant a church.
The London Full Gospel Church Choir sang to the congregation and they supported our time of worship.
and Dr Aija Kim, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, once again played two pieces of music for us.
Ps Emmanuel Adeshina, Pastor of Divine Power Ministries in Manchester and Liverpool and an Amnos Graduate of 2013
welcomed the twelve new students, whose level of commitment to study at Amnos this year is exciting. They will prepare for church planting and revitalising in a very practical way for their pastoral ministries in future.
We were privileged to listen to a message entitled “Jesus the Foundation Stone” from Rev Dr William Atkinson, Academic Secretary at London School of Theology. His message was challenging and inspiring. Dr Atkinson is also a visiting Lecturer at Amnos.
- Past Events of 2013-14
AMNOS INTERCEDE: Monthly Prayer Meetings for our nation
The Trend and State of the Church in the UK
We will begin our time together by looking at the actual statistics that show both the historical and the current trends of the Church in the UK, before coming back and putting some flesh on the bones of our statistics by looking at two case studies, Leicester and Tiptree.
We all know that that over the last 50 years, Christianity has become increasingly marginalised in this country, but according to the last published National Census in 2001, 71.6% of the population still described themselves as Christians although 66% had no connection to any Church.
The latest and most up-to-date research, showing the current state of religion in the UK, is the British Social Attitudes Survey, an annual mini-census. In its latest which covers 2011/2012, it looks closely at whether we are losing faith as a nation. Its headlines figures show that,
- 50% of Britons in 2010 said that they did not belong to any particular religion (19% more than in 1983), peaking at 64% for the 18-24s with a low of 28% among the over-65s.
- 20% were Anglicans (half the 40% recorded in 1983), 9% Catholics, 15% other Christians, and 6% non-Christians. (Muslims, Sikhs etc.)
- No evidence was found of people becoming more religious as they grew older; indeed, across several BSA surveys each generation was less likely than its predecessor to be born into religious families, with the lack of religiosity tending to remain with individuals as they aged.
- Persons brought up as non-Christians were more likely (87%) to have retained their religion to the present than cradle Catholics (62%) or Anglicans (49%), with those reared without religion being least likely to change their ‘affiliation’ (94%).
We will now examine the largest Christian denomination, The Church of England and how it affects her financial position. As we have seen between 1983 and 2010 the Church of England shrunk from 40% of the population to 20%.
According to an article published in The Economist in 2003, between 1990 and 2001 the Church of England lost 18% of its Sunday parishioners, 17% of its clergy but no bishops, and 1% of its buildings. The Church Commissioners’ £3.5 billion endowment fund continues to shrink, and during 2002 70% of its gross income went on paying pensions alone. What this means is that as the Church continues to lose more of its membership, its financial situation gets worse and worse, with a top heavy organization and less and less income paying more and more pensioners. Surely this is a recipe for absolute disaster.
Next we will look at the Christian Research Group’s fourth English Church Census (2004).
- 37500 churches were invited to take part, and about half did. Some stark truths emerge of Church attendance between 1998 and 2005:
- During that time, half a million people stopped going to church on Sunday.
- 6.3% of the population go to church on an average Sunday, compared to 7.5% in 1998.
- 29% of churchgoers are 65 or over, compared with 16% of the population.
- Sunday churchgoing is declining at 2.3% per year, slightly slower than the 1990s rate of 2.7% per year.
- Daily Telegraph’s religious affairs correspondent, Jonathan Petre, says “While 1,000 new people are joining a church each week, 2,500 are leaving”. Daily Telegraph Sept 21 2006
- “The Roman Catholics have recorded the largest drop, it has halved over the past sixteen years”.
- The drop in the 20-29 age group was 29%.
- Nearly all Church ‘growth’ is due to immigrants and multi cultural churches.
In a large poll, published in 2006, by The Christian Research English Church Census, when year 9 and 10 teenagers in Cornwall were asked, only 19% said they ‘had a religious faith’ whilst only 22% said they believed in God. A wider Mori poll commissioned for the British Library found that nearly half of teenagers in Britain are atheists.
Drawing all these statistics together this is what the map of Britain looks like. Except London and two other home counties, every county in England has declined by more than 10% in Sunday Church attendance between 1989-1998.
This is what the former Archbishop George Carey said at the WCC Conference in Zimbabwe on the 14th of December, 1998: “The Church is bleeding to death.” The report of Dr Peter Brierley, Executive Director of Christian Research, hit the headlines of The Independent: “The Church will be dead in 40 years time”.
Apart from the damage that has been done to the Church by atheism and secularism in our postmodern society, the Church is also facing a growing but significant threat from other religions. This is a 2009 article that was published in the Times.
The Muslim population in Britain has grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in just four years. The Muslim population multiplied 10 times faster than the rest of society, the research by the Office for National Statistics reveals. In the same period the number of Christians in the country fell by more than 2 million.
We will now look at one village and one city as we attempt to put flesh on the bones of the bare statistics we have looked at. First we will look at the Essex village of Tiptree. Tiptree has been described as ‘the largest village in England’.
It has a serious Christian heritage in that there was a revival in the late 19th century when about 4/5th’s of the village was affected. In 1885 A.C.Wilkin opened his jam factory, providing his workers with free houses if they attended at least one weekly Church service. The evidence of this Christian influence can still be seen today in the fact that there are no public houses (pubs) along the high street; they are all confined to the outskirts of the village. At that time the population of Tiptree was about 1000 people, it has now grown to at least 13,000 people.
The minister of St Luke’s is currently also the minister of two other Churches but this will increase over the next three years so that she will have responsibility for 10 Churches. The URC has no minister at present. This means that only 1.3% of the population attends Church each Sunday.
Next we will look at Leicester. This East Midlands city, with a population of 294,000, is now regarded as the most multi-faith and multi-ethnic city outside London, with 36 per cent of residents from ethnic minorities, according to the 2001 census. However it has a glorious Christian heritage.
On a recent Amnos College trip, these are some of the things we saw. In this old converted Church building we visited the Jain Centre. It is the first consecrated Jain temple in the western world. It was full of idols and was an incredible shock to our western eyes. Leicester now has many mosques, we only visited one. We then visited a Sikh Temple. Here we see a Sikh temple in a converted Church. This is a brand new Hindu Temple. The temple was officially opened the day after we visited and had cost £4million which had been raised by the local community. It was hand-crafted in India, and brought to the UK by boat before being assembled, brick by brick, on site.
In this beautiful, listed Church with her cross still intact on the roof, is a Hindu radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day. Finally and very sadly we couldn’t but notice that directly opposite the temple on the other side of the road, is a modern Church, now closed and up for sale.
Andrew Franklin, Amnos Church Planting School
TEN Prayer Points for our Nation
We have put together a list of prayer points for our country and for the Kingdom of God to come to this land. You can add this to your list and start to pray every day at home or with others, in partnership with the INTERCEDE prayer group.
- For the revival and reformation of the church throughout the UK
- For church leaders to have vision, courage and wisdom in making strategies and actions to reverse the trend of the church decline.
- For Christians to become proactive in sharing their faith with outsiders and to live out what they believe as radical disciples of Christ.
- For churches to invite those who left church years ago to return to Jesus Christ and to the church.
- For the lost generation of young people to be rescued into a relationship with God.
- For more evangelistic workers to be raised, and more people to go to Bible colleges for Christian ministry training.
- For the small old churches without pastors to find ministers and to be revitalised.
- For the church planting initiatives to equip church planters and to establish healthy, Biblical and warm congregations.
- For Christians who are in influential positions, including the Queen, politicians, lawyers, teachers, media and business people and civil servants.
- For a safe, successful and evangelistic opportunities in national and local events and their fruitful follow-up
Amnos Open Day 2014
On Saturday 31st May, the Amnos Open Day was held.
There was a presentation taking the form of a talk on the state and trend of the church in the UK over the last 50 years, followed by an introduction to Amnos by the Principal, Rev Dr Daniel Chae, and then a time for Q&A’s.
There was also a tour of the facilities and a visual exhibition showing the life of the school since its commencement.
Christian Resources Exhibition 2014
For the third year running Amnos Church Planting School exhibited at the Christian Resources Exhibition, which took place at Sandown Park in Surrey from 13-16 May. Our trustees, staff and students together formed a rota to man a display each day in the Surrey Hall.
We engaged with many visitors and other exhibitors during the week, offering our brochures and information about our training course to those who were interested. 82 individuals left their contact details with us, which will enable us to forward our seasonal newsletters. If you do not currently receive our newsletters by email but you would like to, please send your request with your full name and email address to email@example.com
We took the opportunity to build relationships with other ministries who were at Sandown Park. According to the CRE Sales Executive, this year was one of the strongest in terms of the stand designs, which made the exhibition look very impressive. However, this was the final year of CRE using the Sandown Park venue.
The huge ExCel Centre in East London is the new venue for this event next year, which will take place 19-22 May 2015. Amnos CPS has already secured a prime location for our stand at this international event. We look forward to seeing some of you there.
Amnos hosted Inspiration 2014, a 2-night event with
Dr Philip Lyn on 14-15 March 2014 at Trinity Church Brentwood.
This inspirational speaker presented a mini-series over the two nights, called The “Suddenly!” Parables.
He shared on how to live today for Christ’s second coming, based on an exposition/exhortation of Matthew 24 and 25. He invited people to receive salvation, to a renewal of life, to receive a fresh anointing and to recommit their lives.
To listen to Ps Philip’s teaching on Matthew 24 & 25 please click here: The Suddenly Parables
AMNOS INTERCEDE: Monthly Prayer Meetings for our nation
Graduation & Induction Service 2013
28 September 2013 was another special day for Amnos. It was the day when some 170 people gathered to give thanks to God for the four graduates, who successfully completed the 12-month course. 38 modules were taught in the classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays from 07:45-16:30. As well as 13 written assignments, the graduates had done practical outreach on Saturday afternoons during term times. Furthermore, they did internship training at hosting churches for 8 weeks. After completing such intense training, they were duly awarded a Certificate in Church Planting and Pastoral Ministry. It was a real blessing to hear their testimonies of being motivated and feeling equipped to plant or revitalize churches.
The Service was also the Induction of our eight new students. Our numbers are slowly growing, but most importantly, they are extremely committed to the Lord. The decision to join the course takes huge consideration and some have made necessary changes to their working lives in order to study at Amnos this year. We are humbled and feel responsible when students show such levels of commitment.
Please continue to pray for our graduates as they prepare for church planting or revitalising. Pray also for the new students that the Lord would enlarge their vision and equip them in a most profound and practical way for their pastoral ministries in future.
One of the highlights of the service was a piano recital by Dr Aija Kim, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist. She played two pieces of music to congratulate the graduates and new students.
Her recital was fitting for the occasion as she too devotes herself to serve the Lord with her talent as an itinerant missionary. Her music, the challenging sermon by Ps Peter Jordan, Senior Pastor of Sawyers Church, and the testimonies of the graduates will soon be available on our website. We are thankful to Trinity Church Choir and band who led the time of worship.
- Past Events of 2012-13
Christian Resources Exhibition 2013
Amnos Church Planting School again registered with the Christian Resources Exhibition this year, which is the UK’s largest and most successful Christian exhibition with events around the UK. This was our second year of supporting this wonderful opportunity to meet with people from all around the country.
The event took place at Sandown in Surrey and ran for four days from 14-17 May. Amnos Church Planting School manned a display stand in the Surrey Hall, which has limited spaces but which is by far the most consistently busiest part of the exhibition.
Staff, graduates, students and trustees of Amnos were involved during the week, offering our brochures and information about our training course to those who were interested. Of the visitors who talked with us, nearly 100 people left their contact details. Some wanted to receive our quarterly newsletter on a regular basis, some wanted to pray for the work of Amnos or offer financial support and some showed a deeper interest in becoming students themselves. There were clear opportunities to build relationships with other ministries who took part in the exhibition.
Amnos Church Planting School has already booked the same location (S86) for the CRE 2014, which will take place in Sandown 13-16 May next year. We look forward to seeing some of you there.
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Inspiration 2013 was a great success with a feast of music, fellowship and the Word of God. We were all blessed with the ministry of Ps Dr Philip Lyn, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Though Amnos organised this three-night event on 3-5 May at Trinity Church Brentwood, it was supported by the local ministers, some of who took part in the programme along with some local church members. Trinity Church Choir lifted the spirit of the meetings by singing great songs. Despite it being a Bank Holiday weekend, many people from different churches attended each evening.
Ps Philip Lyn opened the celebration by talking about God’s grace. He pointed out that if only morality is preached, people become hopelessly exposed, although the purpose of the law is to bring people to end of themselves. But, to balance this with grace and truth, which came through Jesus Christ, draws people back to the loveliness of Jesus and the everlasting love of God.
As Dr Lyn went on to speak about faith on the second night, he emphasised that we need to grow the faith that has been given to us. This is accomplished by hearing the Word of God, both physically and spiritually. Philip explained how we can energise and empower our quiet times to enable us to build a faith that allows us to be bold in every situation. Since the purpose of words is to communicate something, we need to share the gospel simply and gossip the gospel naturally, inevitably leading people to the irresistible love of God.
Ps Lyn was invited by Ps Peter Linnecar of Trinity Church Brentwood to preach at the Sunday morning service, where his message was very well received. This inspirational speaker concluded the whole weekend by reminding us that God can use anybody and that we must use every opportunity to show God’s love. The Gospel message is for everyone…unconditionally! Dr Lyn recommends that we serve the Lord faithfully and wisely, soaking in him and seeking him wholly, sowing our lives for the gospel and sharing what we have with the poor. When a follower of Jesus reaches out to the naked, the stranger, the deprived, the orphan and the widow with these principles, this Christian reaches out to Jesus Himself. Many believers responded to Dr Lyn’s appeal to recommit their lives to the Lord Jesus, and some visitors accepted Jesus for the first time as Lord and Saviour.
Inspiration 2013 To compliment this amazing weekend of inspirational preaching, a quartet of Korean singers from HanMaEum Korean Church in Milan performed a selection of music, accompanied by their own pianist. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this professional ensemble and the congregation joined in with some of the more well know hymns. Amnos were most grateful to this group of musicians who travelled from Milan for this event.
Graduation & Induction Service 2012
Our first graduation and induction service took place on Saturday 29 September 2012
Our students who have successfully completed the course in Church Planting and Pastoral Ministries were awarded with a Certificate at the Graduation Service. The Guest Speaker was: Rev Canon George Kovoor (Principal, Trinity College Bristol; Chaplain to HM the Queen)
You can view a video of the service, which included the testimonies and the church planting plans of the first graduates, by clicking here.
- Past Events of 2011-12
Amnos Monthly Prayer Meeting For Our Nation
Amnos Church Planting School is hosting “INTERCEDE”, a monthly prayer meeting for our nation at Sawyers Church as details shown on the flyer below. All are welcome to come to cry out to the Lord Jesus to grant our nation another revival and restore the honour of His name.
INTERCEDE: Praying to Change Our Nation (PDF)
Most Uplifting Prayer Meeting: February 2012
“It was the most uplifting prayer meeting I have ever attended. I didn’t know I could pray like that!”
This was a comment from a lady who attended at the first INTERCEDE prayer meeting last February. This remark truly represented the feeling of those who came to the INTERCEDE. As we launched this new prayer initiative, we did not know what to expect with regard to the turnout and the quality of the prayer time.
However, the Lord Jesus blessed our time beyond our expectation. 59 came to the first INTERCEDE on Friday 17 February 2012. We were most encouraged to find out that they were from 9 different churches in Brentwood. Most of all, we really cried out to the Lord on behalf of our nation and our town. In the presence of the Lord, two hours have gone so quickly!
(Prayer Warriors for the Nation: those who attended the first INTERCEDE on 17 February 2012)
Click below to download the papers handed out at the February INTERCEDE prayer meeting.
- The Trend and State of the Church in the UK by Andrew Franklin
- TEN Prayer Points for our Nation by Amnos
Please use these papers for your personal time of prayer. You may like to prayer for some items each time as time permits. You may also like to form a small group to pray together for our nation. We would like to encourage you to forward the TEN Points to your email contacts electronically so that they too can pray for the UK.
Focus on the Lost Generation: March 2012
We had another excellent time of prayer at the March INTERCEDE, and this time we focused on the lost generation of children and youth in our nation. We showed a video clip, The Next Generation which challenged us to pray for them and do our best to help young people to grow in faith in Christ.
Click below to download the paper handed out and the video clip shown at the March INTERCEDE prayer meeting.
School hopes to restore our faith in Christianity
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The Inauguration Service Lifted Our Spirit!
Our inauguration celebration was held on Saturday October 1 2011, which was celebrated by over 230 people from different parts of the UK as well as from France and Korea. We enjoyed speakers such as Rev Canon George Kovoor, Pastor Peter Linnecar and Dr Daniel Chae, our Principal. The reading of a letter of encouragement (from Rev Derek Tidball) followed a video-message to the congregation from Rev Dr Samuel Kang. We are most thankful to the many volunteers from Trinity Church for choir singing, flower arranging and ushering in the car park and inside the church. A wonderful Asian lunch was provided by the Korean friends of Amnos. So many people were extremely generous with their supplies and their time. The Lord blessed us with temperaturesof 29oC, the warmest October day in 100 years! So we were able to enjoy the beautiful grounds that surround our new offices. Click here to watch some or all of the video clips of the Inauguration Service. Also click here to see some of the photos of the Service.