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.
This day is a new day
that has never been before.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Enter, Lord Christ –
we have joy in Your coming.
You have given us life;
and we welcome Your coming.
I turn now to face You,
I lift up my eyes.
Be blessing my face, Lord;
be blessing my eyes.
May all my eye looks on
be blessed and be bright,
my neighbours, my loved ones
be blessed in Your sight.
we have joy, we have joy.
From Celtic Daily Prayer, Marshall Pickering, 1994
Across the world, we pray for the people and places
feeling unloved and undervalued or abandoned.
We remember the places of conflict
the people who are suffering
and the leaders who carry responsibility.
Let hope reappear in hearts and minds
and may the peace that only you can bring
replace the fear that comes when you are forgotten.
We pray for healing and wholeness for those
who are sick or troubled at this time especially.
Give comfort and hope resilience and patience
to those who are ill,
and strength to family, friends
and the caring services in their ministry.
Rupert Bristow, Sunday Intercessions
Kevin Mayhew 2010