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 Christian Fellowships throughout the world. May this Christmas season be a time of inspiration and renewal. May God reveal more of himself and of his son Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who will find this Christmas season to be a sad and difficult time because of bereavement or separation. May God give them comfort and unexpected joy.
Pray for the people who will be working throughout the Christmas season in order to maintain essential goods and services. May God give them peace and strength, so they do not feel burdened by their tasks.
Pray for those who will be housebound or have their activities restricted if the weather conditions are bad. May others be guided to help them in practical ways, in order to make their life easier.
Pray for children and young people who will be looking forward to Christmas with great excitement. May God give them joy and happiness and may he reveal some of the deeper meaning of Christmas to them as well.
Pray for the birds and animals as they face the wintertime. May God protect them and give them ways to survive the colder winter months, perhaps with our help.
Pray for ourselves and our loved ones. May we not feel burdened by the extra jobs and duties that the Christmas season brings, instead may we feel a spirit of joy and giving so that we enjoy the Month ahead.
All these things we ask in Jesus’s name. Amen
(These prayers were taken from Hope Congregational Church's Calendar Magazine December 2019 and used with kind permission)