|Across the world, Covid-19 has brought much sadness to many. |
‘On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable.’ says the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, ‘… we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless. Is there anything else we can do? Really do? Yes. Yes there is. We can pray. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love… Prayer changes things.’
Thy Kingdom Come invite you to join us over the next 4 weeks of #PrayerfortheNation
Every day we will pause and pray at 6pm for those impacted by the pandemic. You can set an alarm, light a candle or use a light on your mobile phone as a prompt to pray, or you may even hear a church or cathedral bell ring as a reminder.
Follow us on social media for daily prayers, and you can find an easy to use, printable prayer booklet here, to help you as you pray over the next 4 weeks. You can also explore the Church of England’s website for further resources.
Click here to watch the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, inviting you to join #PrayerfortheNation. Please do share this with your friends and family.
For those who were not able to join us at the last Monthly Prayer Meeting when we did a virtual prayer walk around Moreton, here are the details, should you wish to do it yourself. The prayer themes are only suggestions. Feel free to pray whatever the Lord places on your heart.
The virtual route we followed is given below, which guided our prayers. You can download the PowerPoint to accompany your prayers here
CHRIST CHURCH – Thank and praise God for all he has given us
RECTORY – Pray for our leaders, PCC, Wardens, Annual Meeting
CHRIST CHURCH SCHOOL – Pray for headteacher and all staff and pupils
SEAFORTH DRIVE TO MEADOWBROOK ROAD – Our local community, homes, families
BAPTIST CHURCH – Churches in Moreton, UK and across the world
SHOPS – businesses, employment, frontline workers
MORETON CROSS – the centre of our town. Pray for government at all levels, aid agencies
PARISH CENTRE – reaching our community for the gospel, Family Pack, Foodbank, Say One For Me
CHRIST CHURCH – Making, Growing and Being Disciples. Growth, wisdom, compassion, faith and unity
Over the ten days between Ascension and Pentecost, we will once again be joining with Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. With so many more people tuning in to listen to live services during this time of crisis, it is even more important to be praying that the gospel we are sharing takes root in hearts and minds, and that we have opportunity to speak of difference knowing Jesus has made in our own lives.
There are a number of ways in which you can join in.
- Alongside praying for the current situation, our usual Morning and Evening prayer times will be focussed on praying for our witness in the community as a church and as individuals.
- Why not sign up to a 30 minute prayer slot on May 21, between the hours of 8am and 8pm alongside Moreton Baptist Church? Phone the office (0151 953 0101 ) or email email@example.com if you would like to join in.
- If you wish to participate as a family, there are some wonderful resources available on the Thy Kingdom Come website , including a digital Family Adventure Prayer Map, supplemented by an augmented reality app to really take you into the excitement of adventuring in prayer together. Why not give it a go this year?
Though the venue might be different, we will be gathering as usual on the first Wednesday of the month to pray for our Church, our nation and the world. We’ll be meeting slightly earlier than usual, at 7.30pm. If you can arrange to have a candle or a tealight with you that would be useful, but don’t worry if you haven’t got access to any.
We will be meeting through Zoom, so if you want to come the details are below:
Topic: Monthly Prayer Meeting
Time: May 6, 2020 07:30 PM
Meeting ID: 827 7327 6972
Prayer is our rock and our mainstay at all times, and is a particular blessing in the current situation. We are also blessed that there are so many ways that we can keep in touch and be prayer partners in this day and age.
We hope to be able to hold weekly online prayer meetings through Zoom.com. To this end, a few of us tried it out last Wednesday, hosting the prayer supper through Zoom. It wasn’t possible to still provide jacket potatoes or prayer stations remotely, but as a prayer venue it worked well! So there will be an open invitation to all at Christ Church to join us at the next one. If you would like an invitation to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to the invite list, and provided instructions on how to join us. It is pretty straight forward.
We are hoping to partner everyone up across the various services to support one another by regular phone calls etc, so that we remain closely bonded to one another as a church family. Those phone calls would be a great opportunity just to say a simple prayer or two together, and there are all sorts of resources that can help you as you do so.
If anyone would like prayer for anything, the prayer ministry team are still available via email@example.com. Send in your prayer request, and I will forward it to members of the prayer ministry team.
Below I’ve listed some resources for prayer for personal use during the time when Church services are suspended, or for use when you contact one another by whatever means.
The Church of England provides daily worship resources which can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer and there is an app you can download that provides the same. The CofE is hoping to expand these resources to include audio recordings so that you can listen to daily prayer rather than simply reading it.
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-liturgy-and-prayer-resources gives a page of prayers you can us in regard to the current situation.
The Hope website has a great set of prayer resources, and can be found at https://www.hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/194931/Prayer_Resources.aspx
If you own a google or Alexa device why not try :
“Alexa, open the Church of England”
“Hey Google, talk to the Church of England”