Come along to the Filling Station for a top-up

THOSE looking for a spiritual top-up are being invited to fill-up their tank at a special monthly gathering.

The Filling Station is a special kind of service station aimed at those who want to explore Christianity in a non-church setting.

Organisers say that each session is designed not to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those who don’t go to church will feel comfortable with.

To help top-up your tank, an inspiring speaker is booked for each meeting, offering challenging and practical advice about life today.

The April meeting, held on Thursday, April 4, saw author Michael Marcel speak about the history of revival and how it can inspire us today.

On May 2, the group will welcome The Revd Valentine Inglis-Jones, from Liphook Church in Hampshire. He will offer some tips on effective prayer.

Then, in July, Carl Beech, who heads up men’s ministry charity CVM, will be the guest speaker, sharing some of his experiences and offering a challenging message.

Everyone is welcome to come along, and the initiative is not part of any individual Church denomination, instead aiming to be a way in which existing churches can work together and also promote church unity.

Karen Washbourn, from the Henley Filling Station, said: “The Filling Station is not a church and is not run as a substitute for church, it is complementary.

“There are representatives from many of the local churches on the team organising the meetings.”

The Henley Filling Station was launched two years ago, and meets at Badgemore Golf Club in Henley on Thames

on the first Thursday of each month – it’s one of 26 such stations dotted around the country.

Other local venues include Hampstead Norreys, Farnham and Witney.

Meetings start at 7.30pm and include refreshments, a chance to network and also pray if desired.

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