Prayer at All Saints'

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5 v 14


Why pray?

Prayer is a vital part of who we are and what we do as the people of God. We believe it should be woven into all that we do as a church family. As Christians we are dependent upon God for everything and prayer in its many forms is an open channel of communication with our heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus, enabled by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer can be a personal thing, a conversation that we each have with God, but it is also important that we come together to pray as church family. This may be in our small groups or in prayer triplets or it could be at one of the regular prayer meetings that we run. As a church family there are many opportunities to pray together.
 

Regular opportunities to pray together

Sunday Mornings
  • Sunday morning prayer, 9.30am in the Prayer Chapel – each week there is a chance to pray with others before the service on a Sunday morning, specifically for the service. Please do join us if you are able.
  • On Sunday mornings, intercessions are an important part of our time of worship together. These may range from the more formal prayers to interactive prayer stations set up around the church. All have their place and help us to learn to communicate with God in different ways.
  • Prayer Ministry is always available after the service. Make your way to the front of church and someone will come and pray with you.
 
Weekdays
  • ' Word into Silence' - a little music and scripture, but mostly silence for reflection and rest in God. 6.30 - 7.00 pm every 2nd Monday in the month March to July inclusive.
  • Thursday morning prayer, 9.30am at 11 Sweetbriar – this is a weekly prayer meeting open to all where we pray for personal needs, church events as well as local and world issues.
  • Prayer for the persecuted church, 2pm on the first Monday of each month at 11 Sweetbriar – if you have a heart for the persecuted church, please come along and join us as we pray for Christians across the world who are suffering for their faith. Come and hear their stories and uphold them in prayer
  • Prayer triplets and small groups – we do encourage church members to be part of a small group and/or prayer triplet where they can pray with others regularly.


Week of Prayer

About once a year, we run a week of prayer in the church, often with prayer stations that are in place throughout the week and a number of events such as prayer walks and nights of prayer.
 

Prayer requests

Prayer requests – if you there are things that you would like prayer for, please do either write them in the book at the back of church or email prayer@allsaintsmarcham.org. Any prayer requests will be prayed for at the next Thursday morning prayers.

Prayer Chain - If you feel your prayer request is too personal or sensitive to be brought to this meeting, please email tim.jane.jack@gmail.com and they will let a small group of people know who will pray in confidence.
 

Other information

Prayer in church during the day. Each day we try to ensure that the church is open in daylight hours and the prayer chapel is kept open for prayer.

Prayer ideas – each month we produce a ‘Collect sheet’ which contains some ideas to help guide your prayers. This is available at the back of church. We also encourage people to pray for our mission partners and the streets of Marcham each week in our email notices.

Prayer ministry training – April 29th & May 27th 9.30am-12pm at the Baptist Hall. See Debbie Flint for more information
 

More information

If you would like more information about any of the above activities, please contact: Rev. Canon Richard Zair vicar@allsaintsmarcham.org or Tamsin Gilbert (Parish Administrator) info@allsaintsmarcham.org  Tel: 01865 391319


How do I pray?

A good place to start is the Lord’s Prayer. Say each line slowly, thinking about the words…

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory
For ever and ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer comes from the Bible in Matthew 6 v 9-15 and there are lots of other prayers in the Bible that can also be used (use the index at the front to help you find your way or use an online Bible at Biblegateway.com).Here are a selection: Ephesians 1 v 16-19, Psalm 139 v 23-24, Psalm 8, Psalm 91, Psalm 3, 1 Samuel 2 v 1-10, Jonah 2 v 2-9
 
There are also some fantastic resources to be found online. A good place to start is www.24-7prayer.com/helpmepray
Parish Administrator, 09/03/2017