Prayer in St Mark's

 ‘. . . in all things by prayer' . . . prayer surrounds all that we seek to do in St Mark’s. 

Silent Prayer at 9 on Friday mornings:  Every Friday morning we meet in the Church for 30 minutes to pray for the work and ministry of St Mark’s. Please come and join us.

Informal Prayer Group:  The Informal Prayer Group meets weekly on a Tuesday evening from 7 – 8 pm in the Church foyer. This is a time for fellowship, the sharing of and praying for prayer needs and discussion. As well as praying for the work and ministry of St Mark’s and members and friends who are unwell we pray for national and international issues, climate change, the persecuted Church and other topics that members of the group bring. After a time of prayer a member of the group will lead a discussion – on a topic of their choice! All are welcome.                   

Intercessions: Our intercessions at the 10am service on Sundays are led by members of the congregation. An integral part of these intercessions is to pray for all whose names are in our Prayer Book and those on the Parish List. 

The Prayer Book: Anyone requesting prayer can add their names to the Prayer Book which sits on the communion table. We also list for prayer those being married and baptisms as well as remembering the families of those who have died. 

Prayer emails: For urgent prayer requests an email is circulated to the Prayer Team and then added to the Prayer Book.

Prayer Requests: There a board in the foyer where people are invited to leave prayer requests. These requests are then brought to the Informal Prayer group where they are prayed for.

Prayer Requests from the website: There is a link from the Home Page of the website for anyone wishing to send in a prayer request. These requests will be taken to the Informal Prayer Group if that is the appropriate place for them, otherwise the ministry team will pray.

Prayer Intentions: These are listed for each month in the Parish Magazine. Different 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, needs in our community, specific dates or anniversaries such as holocaust memorial day, William Wilberforce and All Saints’ Day.

God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church,
send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions and power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers,
in spiritual commitment to you,
and in service to our local community.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,