Where do you start?

‘The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth’ – Psalm 145:18

Starting to pray

We believe in a God who listens to us, who hears us, and who works for our good.

A good place to begin is the Lord’s Prayer. Its the prayer that Jesus taught his followers when they asked him how to pray. It teaches us to look to God, our Father; to align our will with his; to ask for the things we need today; and to ask him to help us.

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Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

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Prayer suggestions

Looking for another prayer? These next three are good places to start. 

Another place to find help is the book of Psalms in the bible – it’s basically a book containing the prayers of God’s people.

Even reading these psalms can help give words to what we are feeling. Some you may find particularly helpful:

  • Psalm 18
  • Psalm 23
  • Psalm 42 and 43
  • Psalm 63
  • Psalm 121
  • Psalm 139

The Church of England has also written a prayer for this time

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Praying together

Spending time with God in prayer is an important part of our lives as followers of Jesus. We pray together in a number of ways as a church. 

Would you like to pray with others? On Tuesday lunchtimes (term time only) join us at 12.30pm for an informal and communal time of prayer in the Worship space. 

Both of our Sunday services have dedicated time set aside for prayer as part of the service.

If you’d like someone to pray for you or a loved one, please contact the office with your prayer request.

We’ll add you to our prayer chain, this is where people in our community will add your prayer request to their daily prayers.

Would you like someone to pray with you? We can also arrange for someone to pray with you one to one. Please contact the office to arrange. This may be in person, over Zoom or by telephone.

More prayer resources

Here are some more resources to help you pray. 

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