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

During this time of crisis, continuing to pray is crucial. We believe in a God who listens to us, who hears us, and who works for our good.

However for many of us, praying in this time has been difficult – where do you even start?

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.

It reads;

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.

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 are Psalm 18, Psalm 23, Psalm 42 and 43, Psalm 63, Psalm 121 and 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.

Find more more resources to help you pray here

If you would like someone to pray with or for you, please contact the office.

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

Praying together

When there’s not a pandemic on, if you’d like to pray with others, on Tuesday mornings, you can join us at 9.15am for an informal but 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. During lockdown, you’re welcome to join our Tuesday prayer service on Zoom, or our prayer meeting for Townhill on Monday evenings, please contact the office for login details

If you’d like someone to pray for you or a loved one, please contact the office with your prayer request and we will add you to our prayer chain where people in our community will add your prayer request to their daily prayers

We can also arrange for someone to pray with you one to one. Again, contact the office. During lockdown, this would be over Zoom or by telephone

Learning to pray

If you’d like to learn how to pray at home yourself, there’s a useful guide to prayer on the Church of England website