Anyone can pray.
And you can start now, right where you are – just begin and see where it takes you.”
Go to their website here to read articles about what prayer is, different ways to pray, and how to pray when you don’t know where to start.
The PrayMK project, which grew out of The Call , exists to encourage and resource prayer across MK for individuals, small groups and churches. It is funded by the Anglican Diocese as part of the Celebrate and Bless MK priority.
Its first project was an interactive prayer space which included work from international artist Scott Erickson around the theme of “Teach me to Pray”… but plans were changed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Since then PrayMK has produced various resources for Easter 2020 including an audiobook, a free e-book, some family resources and 3 virtual prayer-walks. During Autumn 2020 they held a 24-7 Virtual Prayer Room event with around 150 hours filled with prayer! Further resources were produced for Advent and Christmas 2020 and Easter 2021. Together Sunday brought churches together once a month to pray for a certain issue it was facing. PrayMK produced resources that could be used as part of a service, in a group or for private prayer.
In May PrayMK wrote about their Screen-free resources:
“We promised at the end of last year that we would have some hard-copy resources this year and they are finally here! Paul has worked with MK designer and illustrator, Sheree at Cute Maps to produce a Prayer Walk Map. Debbie has designed a deck of playing cards. Each of the 52 cards displays a different verse from the bible.
Prayer Walk Maps – This walk takes you through Willen and Campbell Park with prayer points on the reverse. These A5 cards are free of charge – so do order some for yourself or for your church. Hopefully we will be able to produce more of these in the future.
Disciple Playing Cards – There are 52 cards in a deck and 52 weeks in the year – so get hold of one of these decks and become familiar with a new verse each week. Or just play games! These are great for your youth group, home group or church. These come in at £5 a deck plus postage
Click on the links above to order.”
PrayMK also provide more such as online prayer labyrinths, prayer guides, resources for individuals, families and small groups as well as larger gatherings and more. Do check out their website!
With thanks to Paul, Debbie and the PrayMK team!
Prayer for the Nation
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, have issued a call to the nation to pause and reflect – remembering the more than 100,000 people across the UK who have died after contracting Covid-19, and all those who know and love them. In an open letter, the Archbishops invited everyone across England – whether they have faith or not – to pause, reflect on the “enormity of this pandemic” and to pray. The letter also included an invitation to everyone – whether they have faith or not – to join the archbishops in pausing and praying each day at 6pm from Monday 1 February.
Prayer resources can be found on The Church of England and 24-7 Prayer websites. Acknowledging the wider impact of the pandemic on the whole of society through loneliness, anxiety and economic hardship, they invited people to “cast their fears on God”. In the letter they also gave thanks for NHS and social care staff, who they described as “a blessing and lifeline for our nation”; for clergy, other frontline workers and “so many good neighbours”. They also urged people to support each other, both by following the guidelines to limit the spread of the virus, and in practical ways, reaching out in care and kindness.
In case you missed it, watch Archbishop Justin Welby’s Facebook Live prayer session launching #PrayerForTheNation.
Prayers of Hope
Churches Together in England write:
“We need to keep on praying: prayer makes a difference”- message from CTE Presidents
In a series of video messages released on 6 May 2020, Presidents of Churches Together in England encouraged us to keep praying prayers of hope, because prayer makes a difference.
Each video includes optional subtitles, and a transcript of each message can be found at the bottom of the page.
#Prayers of Hope
Join hundreds of Christians praying #PrayersOfHope each Sunday at 7pm.
Print out a poster, put it in your window and keep the prayer going!
cte.org.uk/PrayersOfHope #ChurchesTogether #Unity
Christian Concern for One World (CCOW)
CCOW offer resources for prayer and action on a wide range of issues, with a focus on trade justice, fair trade, climate change, and responses to refugees. They help to plan local and national events at which people can gather information, spend time in prayer, and join in conversation and planning with others who care about the same questions. They work by providing resources and making connections that facilitate sharing information and concerns, sharing in prayer, sharing in reflection and action, and sharing among different communities.
Amongst other things, they provide regular emails covering key points for prayer and action and downloadable or print resources that cover key issues and ways of engaging others.
Jenny Mills, former minister at URC Newport Pagnell and West End United Church in Wolverton, has written a leaflet full of ideas for children’s prayers – and easy to use by adults too.
- Sit and watch a spider or other creature or look carefully at something God has created. Observe the beauty and detail. This is a prayer!
- Dance, sing, laugh! On your own or with others. To music or not. Be aware of your body and how it feels and works. This is a prayer!
- As you eat or drink be aware of where your food has come from and how fortunate you are to have it. Maybe think about those who do not have as much. This is a prayer!
- Stand still and look at the sky. Listen and look. Feel the wind, sun, warmth or cold. Spin round and experience how it feels. This is prayer!
To download the full leaflet click here
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A report on the recent Coat of Hopes events in MK, part of the Camino to COP pilgrimage
As we continue working to get Welcome MK up and running [see more about Welcome MK here], we have two voluntary administrative roles we’re hoping can be filled from people across our MK churches.