We believe prayer is essential to our life as a church. Prayer is our communication with God. It involves listening, talking, and expressing ourselves to God in different ways. Any of us can pray at any time - whether on our own or with others.
As a church, we gather to pray as part of our Sunday & midweek services, as well as in our Growth Groups. We also meet weekly at 6pm on Sundays in the church building to pray together for an hour. We pray for one another, our church, our community and the world.
There are some great practical ideas on how to slow down and spend longer in God's presence. Lets taketime
Prayer is vital. So every Sunday in the Church from 6-7pm we have a time of prayer and worship. We would love your help, so please come along to pray for our church, community and world.
We meet at 7.14am - 7.45am on the first Monday of the month, in the Church Hall. 2 Chronicles 7.14 tell us, ' if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.' Breakfast is available at the Big Breakfast for those who wish to stay.
Morning Prayer with Heather
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Heather plans to be in church to begin Morning Prayer at 8.30am and finish by 9am. The exceptions to that arethe first Monday of the month when we already have 7.14 prayers in the church hall, holidays, and training.
Saturday Morning Prayer with Mark
On Sat 21st Sep - and every 3rd Sat of the month - there will be a 1 hour prayer meeting in the church, 8am - 9am. It will use the Common Worship daily prayer structure as its format. Its main focus will be to pray for God's will to be done and His kingdom to come in world events and through world leaders and politicians, there will also be time to pray for local events and local people.
We have held 24 hours of unbroken prayer in September and March . During this time our church was turned into a creative and interactive prayer space for people to rest in the Holy Spirit, pray for our church, our community, our country and our world. We started and ended the session with an hour of worship. There were also dedicated times of led prayer on subjects such as: our church; our town; families; education and the persecuted church. You can find out about 24-7 prayer.com here.
Reading the Bible regularly is an important way to grow in Christian faith, but it can seem a bit daunting. It's good to do it together at our Sunday services and in Growth Groups, but it's also a good habit to get into on our own. You can start by just taking a few minutes each day. You’ll develop your own pattern, but here’s a suggestion:
1. Ask God to speak to you - and keep listening out for what he's saying. 2. Read a Bible passage (suggestions on finding a Bible in the guide below) 3. Read some notes on the passage (suggestions in the guide) 4. Pray – One simple pattern is Thank you, Sorry, Please.
Reduce interruptions by choosing a good time and place and turning off phone alerts.
It can be helpful to jot down thoughts, ideas or what you think God is saying as a journal.
Don’t beat yourself up with guilt if you miss a day - just pick up where you left off next time. It’s better to do something than nothing, and a great way to get to know God better.
We have written a short guide to help you get going - or to try something new...
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Seeking to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength... and to love our neighbours as ourselves."
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