Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has called on all churches across the land to participate in a week of prayer, from 8 to 15 May. You are invited to join the following events taking place in Coniston.
St. Andrew’s Church, Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Open Prayer Space, 11:00 to 12:00; 12:30 to 15:00
Time Out, Prayer & Praise, 12:00 to 12:30
Why pray? Christians believe that ‘prayer changes things’, and we are all very aware of the need for peace and hope in our world which is trying to cope with so many issues of local, national and international concern. Even the scientific and medical communities have recognised that when people are prayed for, even if not believers themselves, their recovery record is consistently better than those who were not open to prayer.
The Prayer Space is in the body of the warm church and is there for anyone to pop in at any time. You may wish to sit quietly and reflect in peace, write a prayer on a tag and attach it to the prayer tree, light a candle for someone you care for or just ‘be’. There is usually someone there to talk to or pray with if you wish to, but that choice will be yours.
Time Out is for those who want to come together with others to focus on a theme in an active spirit of worship with music and prayer. Time to listen to God.
Often when crisis strikes we can feel helpless or even hopeless, not knowing what to do to help…when that happens…we can always pray!
‘Fear not for I am with you,
Be not dismayed for I am your God,
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand’
So let’s do something positive, and ‘pop-in and pray!’