The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called the church to pray during this week.
At All Saints we would love everyone to be involved, committing themselves to pray a little more, a little longer or in a different way from their customary pattern.
The Archbishops’ hope, in their words, is:
– ‘for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
– for all of us to have confidence to share the Gospel
– for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s Kingdom from day to day’
They also suggest that we each pray for up to five people.
How do we achieve this?
Prayer in church
We’ll be using the side chapel as our prayer space
Each day from Monday to Friday there will be prayer led by clergy or a member of All Saints, at the following times:
6.30am Prayer before work
9.15am Morning Prayer or Holy Communion (Friday 13th Pause for Prayer at 10.45am) 12noon Prayer using the Nine Days of Prayer booklet
4.30pm Evening Prayer
Prayer Stations, for private prayer and meditation will also be found in church. Please be aware that also during that week there will be events in connection with the ‘Common Heritage Week’.
Life groups are invited to focus their meeting that week on prayer using a guide prepared specially for the week. Join us for Compline at the end of the day.
Prayer at home or in church or wherever you are
Sign up on the 24/7 prayer diary so that there will be continuous prayer from 8.00am on Sunday 8th through to 8.00am on Pentecost Sunday 15th May. If you wish to sign up on line here is the link, or there is a hard copy in church.
Use the ‘Nine days of Prayer’ booklet on your own, with your prayer triplet, your group, or arrange to meet up in church to read it with friends.
On Thursday 12th Barbara Akam invites anyone to join her to walk and pray. Meet 9.00am on the New Bridge – lower Brook Street. Wear walking shoes and be prepared to walk for about an hour.
Thursday 12th 7.45pm. Missionary Prayers at Barbara Akam’s home. 2, Kingsway Drive.
On Pentecost Sunday 15th May, we meet to worship and pray for a renewal of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the confidence to share our faith. Normal times of 8.00am, 9.15am, 11.00am, and also at 6.30pm for ‘Sing a New Song to the Lord’ – a time of praise and worship.