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.
Invocation for Lent
Into a dark world
a snowdrop comes
of hope and peace
carrying within it
a green heart
symbol of God’s renewing love.
Come to inhabit our darkness
For dark and light
are alike to you.
May nature’s white candles of hope
remind us of your birth
and lighten our journey
through Lent and beyond.
published in The Pattern of our Days, Wild Goose Publications, 1996
bring to us new insights this Lent,
so that in our worship and daily practice
we grow closer to you.
Let us for once put aside selfishness
and let your son’s selflessness draw us to him.
In learning what we miss
may we also learn what we really need,
neighbours, friends, and families,
as well as our neighbours across the world,
part of your family of humankind,
all made in your image.
Grant us the gift of peace
in the midst of the world’s busyness.
from 999 Prayers, Kevin Mayhew, 2015