We encourage everyone to develop an intentional and life‑giving routine of prayer, and to become involved in the prayer life of the Benefice. We support this by organising prayer events: quiet days, prayer days, a week of guided prayer, individual guidance on prayer, teaching on public and private prayer, and opportunities to pray regularly with and for others. There is a strong home‑group tradition within the Benefice, with meetings throughout the week for Bible study and prayer. The healing ministry plays an important part in the life of all three churches, with special services each month and regular times of prayer.
Click here for Archbishop Justin Welby's lecture on 'The risk of prayer', focusing on the renewal of prayer and why we should pray.
The shadow of the dove
When dawn’s ribbon of glory around the world returns
And the earth emerges from sleep –
May the shadow of the dove be seen
As she flies across moor and city.
Over the warm breast of the earth she skims,
her shadow falling on the watcher in the tower,
the refugee in the ditch,
the weary soldier at the gate.
May the shadow of peace
fall across the all-night sitting of a council
across the tense negotiators around a table.
May the shadow of hope
be cast across the bars of a hostage cell
filling with momentary light
rooms tense with conflict,
bringing a brief respite,
a slither of gold across the dark.
May she fly untiring across flooded fields,
across a city divided by hate and fear,
across a town wreathed in smoke
May the shadow of reconciliation,
the dove of peace with healing in her wings,
be felt and seen and turned towards
as she makes righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of her cause like the noonday sun.
Holy Spirit of love
Bring healing, bring peace.
Kate McIlhagga, The Pattern of Our Days,
Wild Goose Publications, 1996
Lord of life,
set our sights high in seeking and showing love.
Let us learn from your Son the need
to fight back
Be a kind teacher for a hard task.
Rupert Bristow, Prayers for Inclusion and Diversity, Kevin Mayhew, 2012