Prayer Ministry in St Mark’s
From December we will be offering prayer ministry during the 10am service.
Our aim is to provide a safe place for people to come and talk, to rejoice, to give thanks, to share needs and concerns.
A safe place:
• where together we come into God’s presence in thanksgiving and prayer,
• where in confidence we will listen, pray and allow the Holy Spirit to minister,
• where together we receive God’s love, grace and mercy.
Our vision is to see God at work through prayer in all our lives.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer . . . with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4 v 6-7
Where and When?
Prayer ministry is offered during the communion at the 10am service, in the foyer. If you would like someone to pray with you then after you have received communion come into the foyer where there will be people waiting to listen and pray with you.
The Prayer Team will always pray in two’s. After you have talked briefly there may be a time of quiet as together we listen to the Holy Spirit before we pray.
At the end of your prayer time we will pray for the Lord’s blessing.
For a copy of our Prayer Ministry guidelines CLICK HERE
Prayer ministry is also offered at the Taize services.
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.
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.
For a complete list CLICK HERE