PRAYER

Opportunities for Corporate Prayer

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Philip Yancey, in the introduction to his book entitled “Prayer, does it make a difference”, writes “ …..I have come to see prayer as a privilege, not a duty.  Like all good things, prayer requires some discipline.  Yet I believe that life with God should seem more like friendship than duty.  Prayer includes moments of ecstasy and also dullness, mindless distraction and acute concentration, flashes of joy and bouts of irritation.  In other words, prayer has features in common with all relationships that matter.

If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer.  Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn’t act the way we want God to, and why I don’t act the way God wants me to.  Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.”

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I meet with a few others every Monday for morning prayer at 9.00 using an adapted liturgy.  I meet with another friend on a Friday via WhatsApp and pray with her.  Could you meet with others in the church in this way?  It is so helpful and I recommend it highly!  If you would like to talk further about this please do contact me at dorriebilson75@gmail.com

Dorrie Bilson

I also commend to you the following opportunities:

Every Day

The first page of our website has a new prayer every day and a link to The Church of England Prayer for the Day 

Evening Prayer on Wednesdays

A group of us are sharing Evening Prayer each Wednesday at 7pm via zoom. If you would like to join please email Philip Geddes at philip.geddes.77@gmail.com for details.

Evening Prayer on Thursdays (note; during Lent this will be Compline at 7.30pm)

Evening prayer at 6pm by Zoom for half an hour. Click here. The password is 2512.

Prayer Triplets 

I so appreciate my prayer triplet.  We have a WhatsApp group and share requests for prayer or thanksgivings or just matters of interest!  Under current restrictions 2 of us meet for a walk outside once a week whilst the other prays at home and then we swap around the following week.   Are there a couple of friends that you can imagine praying with?  Why not give it a go?    If you are interested but can’t think who you could pray with then contact Catherine Geddes who may be able to put you in touch with someone else who would like to pray like this.

Friday Prayer for Young People

2 pm on Friday afternoons. 

This was born out of an appreciation of our grandparents generation praying for us and we wanted to pray for our children and young people in the church.  Although it is not possible for us to meet at All Hallows each week as usual, we have continued to pray. Do please join in by praying for those you know, but if that time does not suit you, then do pray whenever you can.

 

Prayer for Whitchurch

first Saturday of every month by zoom currently, 8.30 a.m.

Please contact me if you would like more details: dorriebilson75@gmail.com

 

Contemplative Prayer & Julian Meeting

First Sunday of every month. 

Our monthly contemplative prayer meeting currently takes place via Zoom conferencing. Contemplative prayer can be described as: "Waiting upon God; listening for God; opening ourselves to God; responding to the invitation to meet God in silent awareness. The prayer of the heart. In contemplative prayer we seek to be aware of the presence of God and to remain silently and attentively in that presence, completely open to God." Our meetings take about forty minutes, thirty of which are spent sitting together in silence. In normal times we sit by the font, at the moment we sit together using Zoom. It may seem like a strange notion to join a Zoom meeting just to sit in silence but experience has shown that it works as an act of collective prayer. We see the others in the meeting and we know that we are together in God's presence. You would be welcome to join us, the details of the Zoom meeting are below. If you would like to ask any questions about what we do and why we do it then please email  tygwyn.wellbeing@btinternet.com

Join Zoom Meeting here.

Meeting ID: 819 9042 8250
Password: 231249