We believe prayer is fundamental to Christian life and growth. God answers prayer and speaks today, and through talking and listening to Him we discover more of His will for us and our church. When we pray, God acts, and we see people and situations change.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective
Prayer can take many forms. Sometimes it’s focused on praise and thanksgiving, recognising just who God is and the things he is doing in, through and around us. At other times it involves admitting to God how self-centred our lives can be, and receiving forgiveness from Him. Or it may mean sharing with Him things that concern us by praying for ourselves or other people.
We believe it’s helpful to set aside a specific time each day to be alone and pray. But it’s also very helpful and encouraging to pray alongside other people. Within our church life there are lots of different ways to do this, so please take the opportunity to join in.
Praying on Sundays
Prayer features prominently when we worship together as a church on Sundays. Before the Sunday morning and evening services we also invite people to gather at 0930 and 1745, to pray for our worship and for those who will be preaching and leading, and to listen to God so that we hear anything specific he has to say about our time together. And at the end of both these services we offer the chance for people to pray with a member of our prayer ministry team if they have a particular need or would like to receive a prayer of blessing.
Praying through the week
We have weekly prayer meetings for 30 minutes at 0730 on a Thursday and 45 minutes at 1300 on a Friday, the latter with a particular focus on praying for the nation and the nations. We also meet to pray for an hour at 2000 on the first Wednesday of each month with a different focus each time. We also meet occasionally with other churches to pray for our work and ministry, or for special evenings and nights of prayer.
Weeks of prayer
Three times a year - usually at the start of the new year, around Easter and at the start of the school year - we arrange special weeks or times of prayer, with a particular focus on what’s happening in and through our church. Look out for details in our Church Bulletin or on this website.
In this type of prayer we focus on listening to what God has to say about the person for whom we are praying. We have discovered that God speaks specifically and personally, bringing encouragement and opening up the way for change and renewal. If you would like others to pray for you in this way, please contact Kate Patterson.
For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them
Many church members meet to pray in groups of two or three. These provide a good place to share in depth and to support and encourage one another. If you would like to do this, just link up with someone you know. If you would like suggestions of who to join up with, please contact Kate Patterson.
Urgent requests for prayer are shared among church members by text. If you have a request at any time, please text 07590 664819.
Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!