The Prayer Group started in Lent 2011 and ran weekly during that season. Since then it has met twice a month, once in the afternoon and once in the evening, but during Advent we plan to run a special set of weekly sessions as we did in Lent. The meetings are held in the Church Hall, as a central place accessible to all members. We are currently small in number but regularly express a warm welcome to others who may want to join us, either occasionally or more long-term. A new feature, soon to be introduced, is the provision of a prayer box, available at each service in the church, for others in our worshipping community to place inside it special requests for prayer, so that we may quietly include these in our time of intercessions.
Each session we start by stilling ourselves and opening ourselves up to God by listening to some peaceful music. We have then used different forms of praying, for example following more formal intercessory prayers, or praying through scripture, involving ourselves as participants in scriptural stories, reading meditative passages and praying through pictures, allowing God to speak to us through these images. There is nothing complicated about it – prayer is much simpler and more exciting than many of us think. Each meeting ends with tea/coffee and a relaxing time chatting, extending the sense of companionship we have felt during our time of prayer.
What has it felt like? Here are a few comments from members:
- “A peaceful interlude in an often stressful life, giving a warm sense of connecting with God in a companionable and meaningful way.”
- “It is good to have the extra focus and dynamism of group worship and still have your personal space respected.”
- “The introductory music and the stillness of the group give me a sense of an intimacy between us and the presence of the Lord.”
- “It is very spiritually fulfilling and I would like to say to those who have not been there, why not give it a try!”
So, why not respond to the call made in that final comment, and come and join us? You can just come along, but if you wish to ask any questions or find out more information, please contact one of the clergy, who will put you in touch with the appropriate people, or email Margaret Dineley at firstname.lastname@example.org