On the 3rd December 2012, and with great excitement and anticipation the Northants group of Psalm Drummers was launched. We had the privilege of being at the launch by Simon Zacheria, part of the core group of leaders for Psalm Drummers and Paul, the leader of the Nottingham group.
The night began with a great encouragement as in walked another Paul with a whole load of hand drums and percussion instruments. It turns out that he used to run a drum circle some years ago and still had much of the equipment he’d accumulated. It seems Psalm Drummers, Northants, is now set not only with leaders, a great venue but a stock of instruments for use by anybody!
The group were provided with a plotted history of Psalm Drummers and the local leadership provided a brief overview of the vision for the Northants group. The culminated in a commissioning prayer lead by Simon to dedicate this new group to God and to lay the foundations of a Jesus centred vision right at the start of this new adventure. This was in the pipeline for over 8 months by now and to see it eventually beginning was absolutely awesome. Whilst the size of the group was relatively modest we were encouraged by those who had left messages to say they would very much love to be involved in the future. To God be the glory!
We had our next meeting on the 7th of January 2013. With the addition of a new member, we continued in the way we had at our first meeting; seeking to meet God through his Word, his people and our instruments.
What was especially encouraging was that some of the members started to share some of their stories and struggles they were facing. A sense of openness to God, and each other, is especially important with such a group and it was very affirming that those present felt comfortable to begin sharing with people who were strangers only minutes earlier. We believe that God was moving in our hearts and the Holy Spirit, the great comforter, was present.
Prayer is a powerful tool in a Christian’s arsenal and with that, we prayed to God concerning the hurts and tribulations that had been shared. We can only imagine that after this meeting, there will be a great testimony about what He has done for us.
Please do keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Our vision for this beginning part is to grow, not just in numbers but in wisdom, love and also opportunities. To develop a sense of community, responsibility and accountability to those in the group and the church. We believe God has caused this group to begin and it is to him we seek guidance, strength and encouragement as we continue to encourage those who wish to drum for Jesus.