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Prayer

 

Why pray?

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
(James 5:16)

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.

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Praying on Sundays

Prayer features prominently when we worship together as a church on Sundays. Normally before the Sunday morning and evening services we 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. At the end of the services we would also 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. During the current pandemic restrictions we are unable to offer these opportunities for prayer but we hope to resume them as soon as we are able.

Tuesday Prayers

We meet every Tuesday morning via Zoom to pray together from 7.30am to 8am. We use a psalm to guide us and pray for anything that God lays on our heart. Anyone is welcome to join and you do not need to pray out loud if you don't feel comfortable. For security reasons we cannot post the Zoom link here, but simply email the church office and we will happily send that out to you.

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Prayer Time

Once a month, on the third Wednesday of the month, we meet to pray together around a variety of topics and themes. During the current pandemic this is held via Zoom from 8pm to 9pm. Details of the monthly meeting is sent out to our church mailing list. If you would like to join this list, and to know about the next Prayer Time, please email the church office and we will let you know.

Prayer partners

For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them
(Matthew 18:20)

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.

Prayer chain

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!
(Matthew 7:7-11)