Prayer at St Mary’s Archbishop William Temple famously said, ‘When I pray, coincidences happen. When I don’t, they don’t.’
At St Mary’s we see daily proof that our Prayer Ministry has been blessed with success. We formed a Project Prayer Group that offered prayer support throughout the duration of our reordering projects to provide a new Chapter House and to extensively refurbish the Church. These were successfully completed in 2008 and 2011 but we have continued meeting weekly in Church on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am for prayer on all aspects of St Mary’s Church family life. All are welcome to join us. We pray for issues of concern within the Church’s day-by-day activities, we pray for the Clergy, for any of our congregation or others known to us who are known to be in need of God’s love, strength or healing and we pray for world affairs and peace.
We maintain a Prayer List of all those people known to us who are in need of our prayer support. The most urgent cases are prayed for by name every Sunday within our lay-led Intercessions at the 9:30am Communion service. Less urgent cases are prayed for by name at least once per month. We also circulate this list with regular updates by email to a significant number of Church members who pray privately for those on the list.
The Prayer Hub
The Prayer Hub was set up to the central powerhouse of prayer supporting all that St Mary’s does. We invite anyone and everyone, whether within St Mary’s Church family or not, to contact us with requests for prayer support and we will include them within our prayers. St Mary’s provides a Prayer Ministry at a number of our services where qualified members of the Church family can provide individual prayers and the laying on of hands as required.
For more information on Prayer Ministry, Prayer List or Prayer Hub please contact Peter Cline via the Parish Office.