Prayer in St Mark’s
Prayer is crucial to the life and work of St Mark’s and in addition to the intercessory prayers in our regular services, we have recently expanded this ministry to include:
Prayer Board: we have a board in the foyer where we display topics for prayer. Topics include national and international issues, local concerns and church related activities. The Prayer Board, which is changed every few weeks, has encouraged prayer for a wide variety of topics including world leaders, Christians living in countries where it is difficult being Christian (using material from Open Doors and Christian Solidarity Worldwide), the local Food Bank, St Mark’s Primary school and church related activities such as Alpha, the Ministry Teams and Parish visiting. It is hoped that as people enter the Church they will see what is on the prayer board and be prompted to pray during the week.
We also regularly pray for missions and societies that we support such as Christian Aid, Mission to Seamen and our Deanery link Kinkiizi in Uganda.
Prayer emails: an email is circulated every 2 – 3 weeks to those wishing to receive prayer prompts. It is just a reminder of how important prayer is and that prayers at home are as effective as those prayed elsewhere. Items for prayer range from national and international concerns currently in the news to local activities such as the housing developments in the village to specific meetings taking place in the church such as the PCC and activities such as the ministry groups.
Prayer Requests: there is another board in the foyer where people are invited to leave prayer requests. These requests are then brought to the Informal Prayer group and the Healing Service if appropriate where they are prayed for.
Informal Prayer Group: this is a well established group that meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm in the chancel. Church members, visitors, new-comers (all are welcome) meet for a time of open prayer that for some is a time of quiet reflection and for others a time when prayers may be shared. Prayer is offered for national and international concerns, for the world wide church, for individuals, those in need and for those who have posted Prayer Requests in our entrance hall. Prayer in an informal atmosphere wherever the Holy Spirit leads and inspires.
Following a time of open prayer there is a time of discussion: topical events, social, political, spiritual – to share what we believe is a Christian view and response, for as Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, rightly said:-
“We stand in the middle of a human world where God's will is not the most automatic thing that people do. Where crisis faces us, where uncertainty about tomorrow is all around and where evil is powerfully at work. To stand with dignity and freedom in a world like that, we need to know that God is Our Father. We need to know that whatever happens to us God is God.”
Informal Prayer - is a place to meet with God.
Prayer Intentions: every month in the St Mark’s Parish Magazine we produce a list of items to pray for. Various members of the Church write these so they cover a wide range of topics some already mentioned above but also things of a broader nature such as the elderly in our society, parents and parenting skills, Churches in particular countries and specific dates or anniversaries such as holocaust memorial day, William Wilberforce, All Saints’ Day.
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