What A Year: CCR Turns 50

Author: Andy Drozdziak

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What A Year: CCR Turns 50

February 2018 marks the end of a year of celebrating 50 years of CCR. Five voices from CCR share their highlights of an unforgettable and blessed year.

Charles Whitehead, Life Member of the NSC

The highlight of the Jubilee Year was sitting with my wife, Sue, on the platform behind Pope Francis, several cardinals, Patti Mansfield from the Duquesne weekend, Michelle Moran, president of ICCRS, and a row of leaders from a variety of Christian denominations, on the eve of Pentecost 2017. We were in the Circus Maximus, Rome, with 50,000 people from all over the world, gathered to mark this great anniversary. Pope Francis had invited all who were able to join him in Rome for this special celebration, and had made a point of including those from Protestant, Pentecostal and Independent churches, to whom we owed so much. Sue and I were invited to the platform as representatives of an ecumenical marriage. It was amazing to see so much that we had prayed for happening in front of us.

Will Desmond and Bryony Wells, theAscent Youth Discipleship Process

In February 2017, we were excited to discover that our Ascent weekends would coincide with the exact same date of the outpouring of the Spirit in Duquesne 50 years ago. Hence it was with much expectation that we pursued God in worship on the Saturday night. There we saw a fresh openness to the Spirit we had not previously seen in the young people. Many received the gift of tongues and we were left inspired and encouraged by the word Jenny Baker brought us: "The Lord their God will save his people on that day, as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown." (Zechariah 9:16) May this be our prayer for the up and coming generation in the next 50 years!

Kristina Cooper, Editor, Good News Magazine

I was in Rome for the Jubilee celebrations with the Pope. We had been queuing for several hours, along with many thousands of people, to get into the opening Mass in St Mary Major. However, there was no way so many people were going to get into the basilica and the doors were closed. A group of us decided to look for a local 6pm Mass instead. We found one nearby with a few old ladies in the pews. However, as Mass began, others from the conference drifted in, transforming the normally quiet evening service into an exuberant international charismatic event. We even had a spontaneous cantor leading us, as well as a cardinal and fifteen priests, all of whom had also not got into St Mary Major. It was an amazing example of God turning what could have been a very disappointing experience into something truly wonderful.

Ros Powell, NSC member

It was wonderful seeing so many people that I knew and loved in one place for CCR's Golden Jubilee celebration in Birmingham in March 2017. Indeed, it was a mighty gathering of so many beautiful seasoned saints. It’s always good to be reminded of our historic beginnings and the speakers did a wonderful job. I felt they fanned into flames the passion for Jesus in the hearts of the many gathered.

Mary Taylor, Diocese of Plymouth

At our Plymouth Diocese celebration, on the actual anniversary day in February 2017, it was very moving for those who had been part of CCR from the early days to be present with those who had only recently experienced the joy of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. We truly had a sense that we were moving forward together into the new thing that the Lord intends for us.

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