Pray With Us
Who prays and why?
Well, yes, we do. Not only during regular services, or when we meet in house groups, but all the time. And on this page you will find some details of when you can join us to pray if you wish. We believe God wants to have a personal relationship with us and that prayer is how we can develop that. Spending time in prayer is consciously spending time in God's presence - a huge privilege.
But we're not alone. Some research by Tearfund found that nearly half the people in the UK pray. A lot of those people reported that they pray often, every day or at least once every week. That's more than the number of people who regularly attend any kind of formal worship in a church, mosque or temple.
People pray for their friends and family, for solutions to the things that are worrying them and often for healing. They do so expecting that their prayers can make a difference. So do we.
Prayer and Praise Fellowship
Once a month on Sunday afternoon, usually on the third Sunday of the month, the Prayer and Praise group meets between 5.00 and about 6.15 pm. Sessions begin with a shared meal of soup and a roll, followed by a time of relaxed worship music.
That is followed by sharing of thoughts and issues around a chosen Bible passage and then joining in various types of prayer. Prayer may be spoken aloud or silently and the group will be happy to pray with you or for you if something is on your heart.
Everyone is invited to join in with SouperPrayer, whether regularly or occasionally. Keep an eye on the Services page for dates and just come along.
If you would like someone from the care team to pray with you, or for you, please speak to a steward during or after a service. They will be able to introduce you to someone, and perhaps show you to somewhere quiet if you prefer.
Thy Kingdom Come - the global wave of prayer
Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative begun in the Church of England and now a worldwide movement that calls on Christians around the world to devote some time each day between Ascension Day and Pentecost to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. That can include the people who are praying of course, who may deepen their relationship with God by their own participation. In 2019 Ascension Day is 30 May and Pentecost is 9 June.
We're heeding this call and we invite you to join us. Click to find out more about Thy Kingdom Come and to look at all the fantastic prayer resources they have assembled to help you find a way to spend time with God in a way that suits your life and your circumstances. Try the video below for a taste of the Methodist Church's response to Thy Kingdom Come.
There's an article on Thy Kingdom Come in the Messenger, our monthly magazine. You can get a copy of the magazine whenever you're in church or you can contact the office and we can send it to you. But you can read the article by clicking on the paperclip.
In-Tent On Prayer
Challenged by Revd Stephen and Deacon Marilyn we held our first In-Tent On Prayer event on 1-2 December 2017. We resolved to spend 24 hours praying for the success of our building project and for God to use this to refresh and renew our mission to serve our community. We prayed in shifts in church, and some joined us at home or wherever they were. There WAS a tent - not something we often have in the middle of the church, to be honest - and many other thought-provoking materials to help us focus on our local area and its needs.
Many of us who took part found it a remarkably energising and moving occasion. So much so that we did it again in August 2018.
We are likely to have similar initiatives again from time to time - keep an eye on the News page
Did you know that since 1999 24-7 Prayer International, an interdenominational and international initiative has had groups in prayer constantly around the world? Their website has loads of interesting and encouraging ideas about praying - have a look.
There are lots of other ideas and resources around that might help you start a conversation with God if that's something new to you, or deepen your relationship with him if you'd like to do that.