One way to bring Renewal to a Congregation and Beyond..
The Lay Witness Movement has existed within Irish Methodism for almost forty years. It is formed from Christians whose experience of the Lord Jesus Christ is real, vibrant and lived out daily. They are prepared and willing to fulfil His command to all Christians to be His "witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
A Lay Witness weekend takes place following an invitation by a church. The weekend normally consists of fellowship meals, praise and testimony meetings, small home coffee discussion groups and other events. The Sunday services also form part of the programme.
Within the Irish Connexion the Movement is steered by a small group of lay people who can be contacted through the website. When a church is considering having a weekend, some of this group will come and explain the nature of the weekend, in terms of a venture in faith! The church leaders will discuss what they perceive the needs of the church to be and their vision for it. The local congregation would be involved in the organisation of such an event. The steering group will then prayerfully consider one or two experienced members of the Movement to lead the team.
Many churches and individuals have experienced renewal, deepening of personal faith, deepening of commitment, or other blessing from God through such a weekend. Team members also are blessed as they step forward in expectant faith. You may wish to talk further to one of the leaders about these experiences or indeed folk from a church which has had a weekend.
There is also a short Video outlining Lay Witness in Ireland. You may view it by following the link:
A DVD version is available and may be obtained by contacting one of the steering group.
Some special events are organised during the year and are publicised by mail, email and on this website.