PRAYER

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Opportunities for Corporate Prayer

 Philip Yancey writes ....

“For me, prayer is not so much me setting out a shopping list of requests for God to consider as it is a way of “keeping company with God.” …..

God encourages us to be totally honest about what is going on in our lives.  …. I studied each of the 650 prayers in the Bible, and their frankness and honesty stand out.  We need to be honest with God and then get an honest portrait of what God is like.  The best way to do that is to get to know Jesus.  Prayer involves a two-way relationship in which we make ourselves known to God and get to know God.”

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Dorrie Bilson

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Reflections on the year

Catherine Geddes

April 2022

It has been another quiet year for small groups, but there has also been much encouragement. One group has continued to
meet faithfully throughout the year online and in person when restrictions have allowed. Several prayer groups have also
continued to meet, either online, by meeting safely in the open air or in each other’s homes when it has been safe to do so.
During Advent the inspiring book ‘Finding Hope under Bethlehem Skies’ provided a focus for discussion and revelation as we
discovered through the story of Ruth that the bible is one book with one story. Several of our community also joined the Zoom
Advent course which was well received.
The prophet Malachi encourages us ‘to talk with each other’ (3:16). Small groups are just one way that we can encourage and
support one another. Please do come and talk to Helen or myself if you would like to join one.

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 

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!  We are so glad to be able to meet again in our houses – a cause for rejoicing! 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 mornings

9am All Hallows

We meet on Friday mornings in All Hallows at 9am to pray for the parish (church and town).  It will take the form on Morning Prayer with opportunities for people to join in prayer, either spoken or silently.

Please join us if you are able.

God be with you

 For more information please contact Philip Geddes.

Mobile: 07884 234142

Friday Prayer for Young People

Approximately 9.30 on Friday mornings following morning prayer.

This was born out of an appreciation of our grandparent’s generation praying for us and we wanted to pray for our children and young people in the church.   Do please join us.   If you are new to the area and would like us to pray for your children, please contact me.  We have first names only and name each child and young person and bless them in Jesus Name. 

 

Prayer for Whitchurch

first Saturday of every month at Dorrie’s home.at 9.00 a.m.

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

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