Prayer and reflection play an important part in the life of every Christian and in the life of this church, so that, as well as prayer on Sunday mornings as an integral part of the church service, there are other times set aside during the week to acknowledge that God is present and to bring our concerns to him.
People who would like to come and sit quietly in the church are welcome to do so whenever it is open. At the moment this is only when there is an activity in the hall (check ‘Whats On‘) or whenever the ‘Church Open’ board is displayed outside the door.
But prayer is not the only ‘quiet time’ we set aside. It becomes part of the whole of life, a continuous dialogue between God and ourselves, through all that we do and think ad say; a growing awareness of the loving presence of God who travels with us and never leaves us.
Thursday Prayers & Breakfast – 8am every Thursday
This small ecumenical group was founded around 25 years ago with the object of praying for the world. This has developed into using both prayers and silence to realise that God’s love and concern encircles us, our families, and our community as well as reaching into every corner of the world.
The group meets in church at 8am for half an hour of prayer led by a member of the group. At 8:30am breakfast is served in the church hall for those who can stay.
Sunday Meditation & Breakfast – 8am, 3rd Sunday of the month
Once a month a group led by one of our regular members.
URC prayer handbook
The URC produce an excellent prayer handbook every year with readings and prayers for each week offering guidance to follow a personal, contemporary weekly prayer life.
A5 in size and spiral bound, it is available from the URC Bookshop
Prayer for the reader
O God, give me a spirit of expectancy, an enquiring mind and a heart attuned to your presence. Let me find today a new word of life, whether that be a word of comfort, challenge or surprise. And give me the courage to put your word of life into action. Amen
Prayer for Today
Standing in the shower today
I took a breath
It is just this that means I am alive.
As I move from sleeping to waking I pray that
My actions will be thoughtful not mindless;
Helpful not hindrances;
Kindly not hurtful;
And that I will be able to use well these few hours, today.
Focus for Reflection
Persevere in prayer, with mind awake and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2