Prayer Ministry

Most of us will say that we pray, be it every day or in an occasional crisis, with or without reference to a Bible, alone or in a group, with words or in silence.
Certainly, in church, people come together to pray – to be together in a sense of communion with each other but more importantly, with God.  Prayer is our way of relating to God and as we do, we grow in trust for what he does, what he gives, what is possible for a loving heavenly Father, who knows what we need.

Sometimes, though, you can’t find the words yourself to pray-either for your own situation or for someone else. Sometimes the great prayers of the congregation don’t seem personal enough for you as an individual. Sometimes it helps to have another person sit down beside you and bring whatever you have in your heart to God on your behalf.  It may help to share a need or a hope; it may just be a relief to use different words or to know someone else will offer your need with you.
So in our churches we want this to become more of ‘the norm’, something that we know can happen every week.

WHAT HAPPENS?
You may feel you want someone to say a prayer-
  • for a particular need of your own – present circumstances, be they physical, emotional or anything else- a concern about work, health, a big decision or ongoing difficulty
  • or a particular need for someone else- a neighbour, a friend, a family member 
  • for something that strikes you during the time in church 
  • for a greater sense of God's blessing or presence with you
  • to give thanks for something

At the end of the service, any available members of the  prayer ministry team will be present, identified with a yellow name badge.  You are welcome to approach any of them yourself or speak to the Vicar or service leader first. They will find a quiet place for you to meet, either in church or in a room out of the way if you prefer, so as to be as private as possible.

You can share as little or as much as you wish or say nothing at all but simply ask for them to say a prayer for you (or to sit with you in silent prayer if you prefer). You can also ask them to pray at home instead or as well. 

Whatever you say will be treated in confidence and not shared with anyone unless you ask, or agree to a suggestion to share with another person.

Prayer will be on a one-to-one basis, unless you prefer to be with two people and we’ve agreed that in general a female would pray with a female, a male with a male.
 
No request is too small or too great and we will be glad to come in faith to God with you, knowing that he is all-knowing and all-powerful and all-loving.


OUR PRAYER MINISTRY TEAM AT THE MOMENT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

In Chinley and Buxworth:

Nic Broadhurst
Sue Bevan
Chris Nowak
Stephen and Mirrlees Dolley
Mary Parker
Hilary Edgerton

And in Hayfield:

Brian Hope
Nick Melling
Mary Parker
Angela and Gerard Riley
Margaret Roberts
Hilary Edgerton

Hilary Edgerton – July 2015