Prayer

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Prayer is talking to God, connecting to the divine.

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.

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Sacred Space

For a simple form of daily prayer, go to Sacred Space 

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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! 

Once a month, churches in MK come together to pray for a certain issue it’s facing. PrayMK is producing resources that can be used as part of a service, in a group or for private prayer.  #TogetherSunday

For October Together Sunday was on 25th October. But that isn’t the only date you can use the resources! Click here to download a video and a PDF all-age prayer sheet. 

Subscribe on their website to receive them straight to your inbox

PrayMK also provide more such us 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!

ADVENT 2020

PrayMK write:

“We are all looking ahead to Advent and Christmas and trying to plan for what we may or may not be allowed to do. Maybe we are wondering what we can do to encourage and also to help deepen our prayer lives and those of others? In March, we offered you posters to put up in your churches to encourage prayer. When churches closed, these mini-exhibitions couldn’t happen. But, with the hope that during advent, churches will stay open, we are offering a different set of posters.

Scott Erickson is an artist whose images and words shed a different light on ancient truths. This new collection of posters comes out at the same time as his new book, ‘Honest Advent’.

We are able to offer you a set of posters to display in your church to inspire advent prayer and reflection. There are 15 posters in each set which can be displayed inside or possibly outside if you have space.

Please email me at debbie@stmarksmk.com to order your set of posters by 17th November to give us time to get them printed. Preview images below.

We are praying for you as you serve Christ and model love and care.

Order your posters by 17th November!

With love,
Debbie & Paul

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05.11.20

Thy Kingdom Come writes:

“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.”

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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

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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.

Website: https://www.ccow.org.uk/

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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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