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.
After Psalm 19
The sky does it simply, naturally
day by day by day
the sun does it joyfully
like someone in love
like a runner on the starting line
the sky, the sun,
they just can’t help themselves
no loud voices, no grand speeches,
but everyone sees
and is happy with them
Make us like that, Lord,
so that our faith is not in our words but in our lives
not in what we say but in who we are
passing on your love like an infectious laugh
not worried, not threatening, just shining
like the sun, like a starry night,
like a lamp on a stand,
light for life –
your light for our lives.
from The Pattern of Our Days, Wild Goose Publications, 1996
give us a glimpse of heaven
in the smile of others and the faith of saints.
Give us a sound of eternity
in the stillness of waters and the beauty of music
Give us a sign of transcendence
in the soaring of a spire and the starkness of the cross.
Give us hope for the future
in the cry of a baby and a school bell sounding.
Give us a clue to the right way
in a prayer answered and a Bible passage understood.
Give us a true appreciation of your generosity
in giving us your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
from Only Connect, Kevin Mayhew, 2009