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.
Be still and know that I am God
St George’s Church welcomes you to their contemplative prayer sessions, a gentle introduction to some of the prayer encouragements shared by St Ignatius of Loyola.
Ignatius lived in the 16th century and, after a major injury in war, had a life transformation in being drawn into the knowledge and awareness of the love of God. Thereafter he committed his life to encouraging others to find their way to be open to the grace of God, through ways of praying and through drawing near to the life of Jesus in every detail.
In this series we explore different ways of praying, taking space and time to draw alongside Jesus. These prayer times are open to everyone who desires to receive from God through prayer. The work of prayer is not our striving but God’s grace, so we come together, wherever we feel we are with God, to be open and to ask for His grace.
The series takes place monthly on Saturdays from 9.30am to 10.30am. Please contact the Benefice Administrator for further details.
The Cross stands empty
The cross stands empty
stark, against the sky.
Our worst fears and predictions
are torn aside like a veil from the face.
We cannot but be joyful
for our hearts leap within us.
Sing in praise of forgiving love,
the love God has for all humanity.
Blessed be God whose mercy surrounds us.
Blessed be Jesus, the core of our hearts’ longing.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, our joy and liberation.
Yvonne Morland, Iona Dawn, Wild Goose Publications, 2006
God of glory,
we sing your praises, this special day,
Halleluiah, risen Lord!
Halleluiah, love triumphant!
Halleluiah, Redeemer, Saviour!
May the joy that we feel
create a wave of peace and celebration
which washes away doubt and fear
to a broken world
and a new beginning for humankind.
Rupert Bristow, 999 prayers, Kevin Mayhew, 2015