One of the pivotal moments in the Gospel story was where Jesus took his disciples aside to teach them how to pray. Prayer should be at the heart of everything we do: our Church Meetings, our worship, our mission and evangelism. We've brought together lots of resources to help you maintain and develop the prayer life of your church.
Prayer Stations - based on The Lord's Prayer - This resource was devised and delivered as part of South West Midlands Assembly in Autumn 2018 by Johnny O'Hanlon. There is a full set of instructions to help with setting up and running this activity.
Prayer Stations - based on the Fruit of the Spirit - This resource has been kindly sent to us by Penge Congregational Church and would make a good activity in any service or setting.
Thy Kingdom Come - A range of resources for your church from prayer stations and 24-7 prayer to service templates and inspirational ways to pray.
Congregational Prayer Hour - The Congregational Federation has an initiative where they are trying to encourage Churches and Individuals to join together in prayer EVERY Friday between 12noon and 1pm.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list go to the website and sign up.
Prayer Spaces in Schools - Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore these life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment.
Find out more and see how you can get involved.
trypraying - The desire to reach out to God is basic to many, many people. Trypraying is a resource for people like that: no church connection or interest, but open to find out about God. The trypraying booklet is a 7-day prayer guide and is now being used by many to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement, ‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’
24-7 Prayer - 24-7 Prayer started in 1999, when a simple, student-led prayer vigil suddenly went viral. Today, 24-7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice; a non-stop prayer meeting that has continued for every minute of this century so far, in over half the countries on Earth. On their website they have loads of resources for Prayer, Prayer Rooms, Mission and Justice, 24-7 Communities, Prayer Space in Schools and much more.
Faith and Worship - John Birch has put together this growing resource which started when he needed some prayers for a service he was taking and couldn't find what he wanted, so he wrote his own. Be it seasonal prayers for Advent, Easter, Pentecost or Harvest, or opening/closing prayers for worship, prayers for peace, forgiveness, healing, creation and lots of other themes, hopefully you will find something suitable!
Prayers for the week ahead.
Pray for the people who are seeking a closer relationship with God by attending our newly formed Christian Meditation Group led by Rev. Frank Wroe. May God bless the group and help it flourish.
Pray for the children and young people who will be starting new schools and classes this Month. May God help them to settle in well and feel his love and support as they form friendships and start their studies.
Pray for those who face physical and mental challenges in their lives. May they be feel God’s loving care and support as they face their challenges and be given strength to cope and carry on.
Pray for those who are seeking to help people in their Communities. May God show them effective ways to help and serve, so that their work is a blessing to those whom they seek to help.
Pray for those who live alone and are housebound. May they feel the warmth of God’s companionship when they are alone and may they be given safe and practical help, through the help of care agencies and friends.
Pray for the our Country with its new Prime Minister and Cabinet. May God show them ways to heal divisions, correct past mistakes and lead our country into greater prosperity for all.
Pray for ourselves and those we love. May we all know that God can meet our every need, is constantly pouring us with his love, support and blessings and he loves us unconditionally.
All these things we ask in Jesus’s name. Amen
(These prayers were taken from Hope Congregational Church's Calendar Magazine September 2019 and used with kind permission)