Prayer is key to all that we do as Christians and as a church. St John's is usually open between 10am and 4.30pm for private prayer. A short leaflet entitled 'Let us Pray' is available from the table at the back of the church. It contains a selection of prayers which we hope may be of some comfort.
In addition to prayers within our church services St John's has two prayer groups.
- The Healing Prayer Group is part of the Ministry of Christian Healing praying for the sick in the community and for fractured relationships or conflict. It is a quiet group where the suffering are held before God for the power of Christ to transform the situation, not necessarily for cure but with the assurance of grace. The group meets twice a month at 2pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. Requests for prayer can be left on the Prayer Board just behind the inner church door and are treated with the utmost confidence.
- Prayer of Quiet is a small contemplative prayer group meeting once a month. Apart from the benefit derived as individuals from an hour’s break spent in silent fellowship, it witnesses to the importance of silence and listening in our relationship with God. New members welcome to see whether their own need is met in this way. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office for details of where the next meeting will be held.
Collect For Growth
Leading Your Church into Growth has produced the following simple prayer for growth for use in Anglican parishes. We often use this as our collect (prayer) at St Johns.
God of Mission
Who alone brings growth to your Church,
Send us 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.