9th December 2016
On a bright Sabbath day, attendees from far and wide gathered in Clapton for the annual Lay Evangelism Outreach Seminar (LEOS). This year marks the sixteenth anniversary of LEOS, which features a combination of vibrant Sabbath worship, street witnessing and prayer. The event is organised by the London Prayer Tower ministry of Plaistow church in conjunction with the Personal Ministries department of the South England Conference.
LEOS began as a result of weekly Prayer Tower meetings which take place in Plaistow. During prayer sessions one day, the team was inspired to host an event aimed at reaching out to people in the community.
Today, LEOSs are regularly attended by various visitors and at their most recent event, over twenty-five churches were represented, including from as far afield as Grenada in the Caribbean. Leader and cofounder of LEOS, Brenda Edwards, is very happy to note that LEOS has an ever-growing number of churches in attendance. The congregation enjoyed a comprehensive programme.
At the door, a welcoming tone is set as each participant is given a personal greeting, a Bible promise and special prayers are said for them by a team which includes Carol Linton, the event’s cofounder and assistant leader. This is a fitting start to an uplifting day.
Attendees then join a stimulating Sabbath School and this year, it was based on a lesson review which was conducted by Pastor Kirk Thomas, Personal Ministries/Sabbath School director of the South England Conference. Thoughtful responses were elicited from the congregation on the relevant theme of ‘Jesus onCommunity Outreach’. Also pertinent was Brenda Edwards’ address on our need for drawing close to God in prayer which provided further spiritual food for the attendees.
This was followed by additional inspiration in the Divine Service as main speaker, Pastor Thomas, shared a stirring sermon entitled ‘Except for These Chains’. Pastor Thomas reflected on how even in his time of imprisonment, the Apostle Paul considered his circumstances as an opportunity to let the people around him know that Jesus is alive. Therefore, Pastor Thomas urged the congregation to also seek opportunities to spread the good news of the gospel message, even in the midst of the challenging times in which we live. Throughout the Sabbath, worship time was enhanced by vibrant congregational singing, the music ministry of saxophonist Sandra Clark of Chingford church and the Prayer Tower’s own choir.