When the church is open, you are very welcome to come in and pray. We often put a sign outside indicating this. However we also have specific times during the week for special times of prayer and meditation.
Mondays 8am - 10am
This is a specific opportunity we have set aside to pray together. Come for as long as you want or just pop in on your way to work. It is great to have that opportunity at the start of the week to spend time, either quietly on your own, or with others to pray and listen to God.
Sundays 10.45am - 12pm
As a church, we include a time of prayer in our service. This will sometimes includes an opportunity for open prayer. There is also an opportunity to pray with someone you trust at the end of the service. Those involved in the service, and others who wish to join us, meet immediately before the service to seek God's blessing on all that will take place. On our diary sheet we include a number of prayer items including those who are unwell at this time.
Prayer and Praise 7pm-8.15pm on the first Sunday of the month
This is an opportunity to come together and join in a time of prayer and praise. For further information please take a look at the Prayer and Praise page.
Special prayer days
We also set aside special days for prayer to support the missionaries we are linked with, amongst other themes such as the Women's day of prayer & Day of prayer for Christian unity.
If you feel unable to share directly with someone, we have prayer request boxes (situated in the wash rooms) where you can post a prayer request either with your name or anonymously. These are only shared with a limited number of trusted people who commit to pray for what has been requested.
Individual prayer is essential, yet God wants us to bring other people into our prayer life. Jesus makes this clear when He instructs that:-
"if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them" (Matthew 18:19-20).
Consequently we would encourage everyone to have a prayer partner. Someone they trust and would like to pray with, who they can support and be supported by.
Benefits of praying together:
It makes you accountable. On our own, we get distracted by the demands of life. Knowing that you have scheduled prayer times help you budget your time and focus on prayer.
It develops intimacy. There are so few chances for intimate connection with others. We long to connect with others in a deep meaningful way. Prayer with others cuts to the soul and allows sharing of struggles, disappointments, hopes, and blessings.
It offers a time to express the power of God's unconditional love and acceptance. There is healing when we share our deepest secret with a prayer partner - and that partner still loves us. When that happens, it's easier to believe that God, whom we can't see, can love us that way too - and more.
It gives us the opportunity to experience God's love in a physical, tangible manner. It makes God real - a place to give hugs, pats on the back, and for holding hands and wiping tears.
If you would like to have a prayer partner or find out more, please talk to one of the leaders. We would love to help you.