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 have been produced for Advent and Christmas 2020.
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
In January PrayMK wrote: “We have been looking ahead to 2021 and making plans for what might be most useful and encouraging for our subscribers and social media followers. We’re preparing to get even more creative!” They also provided a video reflection on Psalm 8 which can be downloaded here and an accompanying poster that could go up in your church porch or window.
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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!
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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There will be a local Commemoration Service for the Duke of Edinburgh, which will be broadcast from Cornerstone at 2:00pm on Friday afternoon. This will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the Mayor and our two MPs – with contributions from other faith communities.
The Trustees of Milton Keynes Mission Partnership (MKMP) have decided to undertake a Review of the organisation
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start on 13 May and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost to 23 May.