Ilford church to bring ‘healing power of the Lord’ on homeless feed
PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 June 2016
A couple who met after an “encounter with the Lord” is set to feed those in need at their new church building in July.
Senior pastors Rakesh and Preethy Kurian, of Capstone Church, are set to open its doors and bring “joy” to Ilford after moving to the church’s new home in High Road.
The husband and wife, who moved to the UK from Kerala, India, in 2005 and set up the church in their spare time, moved to the former City Gates Day Centre in March, after leaving their base in Manor Park to accommodate their 200-strong congregation.
Speaking of the move, Rakesh, 43, who works in financial services, said they made the move after an increase in people attending services after it started out with just three people.
“We started reaching out and trying to make a difference in people’s lives and it just started growing,” he said.
The church is now set to give free food to the homeless and anyone who needs it from Monday, July 4, and each Monday after that.
Preethy, 41, who lives in Romford with her husband, said: “It’s not just about food, it’s about fellowship and it’s about being there for people.
“We come together and we pray, people send us prayer requests and we as a church will pray for them – then we’re giving people food.
“Our worship is amazing, it’s the best, everyone comes and they’re enthralled with the presence of God – people feel a lot of peace and joy.”
The pastor said the idea was to prevent people feeling alone.
“In a city like London people can be isolated really quickly,” she said.
“One thing I realised is God can definitely transform lives – you can put your hope in that and he will answer, he loves to answer.”
The couple, who met 20-years-ago and married 16-years-ago, said it was God that brought them together.
“We became Christians at the same time, we were at a Christian retreat and we had an encounter with the Lord and I got healed – I got happy,” said Preethy.
“It changed our lives,” added Rakesh.
The first feed starts after prayers from 6pm till 8pm.
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