Dear Church Family
Nothing of last significance happens without prayer. That's something I say quite often, because I know it's true. Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God, because prayer is communication. It's what St Clement of Alexandria called 'a conversation with God.' It's us talking with God, and God talking with us. That's why prayer is central to who we are and what we do as a church, and it's why in this weekly Friday Message I often mention various things for prayer.
As well as praying on our own and with our loved ones, there are lots of opportunities for us to gather to pray as a church family. So our main weekly church prayer meeting is called Dynamic Prayer and takes place on Tuesday mornings from 7am-8am (followed by breakfast) in St Cuthbert's House of Prayer on Peasholme Green. Some, especially those with young families, may find this time difficult, but we meet at this time to especially help people pray before they go to work. So if you work on a Tuesday morning (which many of us do) then this meeting is especially for you. If you've never been to Dynamic Prayer, please do come and join us as we pray for our church, city, region and the world. (If you can't make this time, but are free on a lunchtime on Tuesdays, please do join the prayer group that meets weekly in St Michael le Belfrey Church from 1pm-2pm. You'd be very welcome).
Once per term we pray we have an Evening of Prayer in church, when we ask Belfrey Groups to pause and we come together to pray. The date this term is Thursday 22nd November from 7.30pm-9.15pm. Please do mark this date in your diary and encourage your Belfrey Group to come.
Finally, it's great that we have St Cuthbert's House of Prayer as our prayer centre. Sophie Dearden has just taken up leadership of the team, and they are seeking God for future direction at present, but in time we'll publicise the rhythm of prayer there and let you know how you can get more involved. Please do pray for Sophie and the House of Prayer team, as they not only pray about the future but continue to call out to the Lord for our church and region, in the context of worship and testimony.
Thank you for praying. May we become even more of a prayerful church in these coming months and years and we work and pray for God's transformation of the North in our day.