What is Mahanaim?

These weekends of worship and encounter have been held in response to a call from God. They are a meeting of heaven and earth. See Genesis 32:1-2 & Song of Songs 6:12-13.

He has told us, Mahanaim is mine and I will do amazing things. He is a faithful God and He does!

God has been awesome at each of our gatherings and many people have been irreversibly changed by deep personal encounters.  If you are one of those and would like to add a testimony to encourage others, then please let us know.

Next Gathering

The next gathering will be on 1st & 2nd June 2019, and we will have the privilege of welcoming back the founder pastors of The Ark, Bruce and Sharon Oliver.

Bruce and Sharon now have a full time international ministry taking the Gospel to the nations, particularly in Africa and India. God has used them mightily to demonstrate His power in miracles, signs and wonders and we look forward to them ministering to us again.


We allow the Holy Spirit to have control of our meetings and therefore any programme that we may set in advance is for initial guidance, the only “fixed” elements being the start and end times as the hall is hired. And so our starting programme is as follows:

The Mahanaim gathering will close after Session 4, probably around 4.00 pm, but you are welcome to stay on and join the Ark in their regular extended time of worship and encounter. This will commence at 6.00 pm, but there may be a time of soaking beforehand.


Booking is now closed

Previous Gatherings

“I felt I was embraced by God’s love so much… He’s got a better plan for me.”

“When I was crying, he gave me comfort and words… the first time I’ve really had a conversation with God, personally. It was really amazing encountering God last night.”

“It was literally being in the presence of God… and there was something in the worship that was breaking new ground”

“I was in the presence of God. I felt I was in deep water and God was saying ‘I’m going to hold you up’.”

“He was talking to me about a new season coming, how we don’t take the leaves of the autumn through to the spring and summer. He was helping me transition and breaking things off. The presence of God was so strong. Great! Wonderful!”

“I was in the middle of a battle yesterday… a sister here prayed for me and opened my eyes for the things I couldn’t see. I felt Jesus was rescuing me from this battle. I felt Jesus pick me up and say ‘be free – you’re free again’, so I just want to glorify Jesus and say thank you for this conference.”

“Thank you so much for the prayer I received during our time together. I have not only been miraculously healed by our Father but I believe this is my second chance to start fresh and begin a new journey with God in my life. I have overcome self-consciousness, depression and anxiety. I am able to see and hear God for the first time in a long time and I can feel his presence once again. I feel like a completely new person and it’s definitely the start of something new for me. I haven’t had a headache since the weekend which I usually get every day. I prayed out loud for others, which is something self-consciousness stopped me from doing. Similarly, I stood up during our time of worship to fully engage with Jesus and I tore out and shredded all my negative journal entries. Once again, thank you for those who prayed for me and stood with me through those dark times. I am over the moon with what God is doing/has done for me recently and I’m very excited to see what’s in store for me in the future. Bless you all. ❤” Eleanor R

“Thank you for the weekend! Such an awesome time, I’m so impacted by Thelma and Karen’s word. Feel so blessed to be a part of this company of laid down lovers of Jesus! Xxxxx” Connie R

“THANK YOU to the team for hosting God-space, and for all being so consistently kind and caring and able to leave room for room-wide encounter with God xxx” Katy C

“The weekend was highly uncomfortable, highly glorious and highly life changing. :-)” Jemma E

“Thank you for everything that you’ve done to make this weekend… such a blessing. I was sorry to leave before the end but my friend had to go. She is SO grateful I invited her! I’m so pleased for her. She’s been deeply, deeply blessed…. The Lord has shown me that today is the first day of my breakthrough. I’ve been waiting for this breakthrough FOR YEARS. I had to have the healing that He gave me over this weekend before He could start the breakthrough, but it’s starting now. I think maybe big things have been accomplished in quiet hidden ways this weekend. That’s certainly the case for me anyway… God bless xxx” Pat W

“For 5 weeks before the meeting I had had serious problems with my womb (constant loss of blood). Many people from different churches had laid hands on me but it hadn’t stopped. During the first session with Paul Hopkins, when he asked for the Holy Spirit, I felt fire in my body. When I flew home the next day, the bleeding completely stopped!! Praise JESUS!! I was called by the Holy Spirit to come to this event (not by people) and the Holy Spirit welcomed me. For me, it was very important to know that it was the Holy Spirit calling me and not the people. After every visit, I keep your country deeper in my heart. Jesus loves the UK :)” Visitor, name withheld on request

“When you were talking about hugs earlier, I had a flashback to when I was a little girl and when my daddy came home from work how I used to go running and leap into his arms and have a hug. He died when I was 12 and I remember not long before he died that he came home from work and I ran into his arms and he said, “Jane, I don’t think you’re going to be able to do this for much longer because my back won’t take it”. But God just brought that to mind today and said, “but you can ALWAYS still jump into my arms, and I will cope, my back is strong enough for you. It doesn’t matter how old you are, I still delight in that hug.” That was quite healing.” Jane H

“The last gathering was AMAZING – loved it!!! 🙂 ” Dan C

“This was the second Mahanaim conference my wife and I have attended and it was the same tremendous experience as first time – a supercharged, highly potent mixture of encounter and worship bringing in a wonderful overwhelming presence of God’s love, combined with terrific speakers who went far beyond what would normally be regarded as teaching, to encourage listeners to open their spirits to a greater expectation of the power of God’s love transforming lives and our traditional concepts of what church is like and what it means to live the Christian life. I cannot recommend these conferences more highly for anyone who is hungry for more of God and the power of his love to change lives and destinies.” Leigh C

Saturday Afternoon: “Encouraging and Equipping”, by Sharon Oliver
Saturday Afternoon: “The Harvest is Plentiful”, by Bruce Oliver
Saturday Evening: “It’s all about Jesus”, by Sharon Oliver
Sunday Morning: “Crossing Over”, by Bruce Oliver
Sunday Afternoon: “Following The Spirit”, by Bruce Oliver
First part of talk only – excludes practical demonstration as this contains personal details
Saturday Afternoon: “Overflow”, by Rachel Hickson
Sunday Morning: “Overflow – Part 2”, by Rachel Hickson
Sunday Afternoon: “Overflow – Part 3”, by Rachel Hickson, Gordon Hickson & Helen Azer
Saturday Afternoon: “Further forward”, by Thelma Sparks
Sunday Morning: “Heavenly Citizens”, by Karen Charles
Sunday Afternoon: “Forerunner Ministry” by Neal Sparks
Saturday Afternoon: “Laying hold of who you are”, by Nadya Dyett
Saturday Evening: “Living in two camps”, by Paul Hopkins
Sunday Morning: “Strength in weakness”, by Paul Hopkins
Sunday Afternoon: “Colossians 2”, by Paul Hopkins
Saturday Afternoon: “The Bride”, by Thelma Sparks
Saturday Evening: “Nation Changers”, by Paul Hopkins
Sunday Morning: “Fear of Death”, by Steve Cardell
Sunday Afternoon: “Lifting the Veil”, by Paul Hopkins

Saturday Afternoon: “Golden Vessels”, by Thelma Sparks
Saturday Evening: “Wisdom to See”, by Paul Hopkins
Sunday Morning: “Prophecies fulfilled”, by Steve Cardell