24 Hours – Virtual Prayer Room
Our next period of non-stop prayer is from 9am Saturday 18th July to 9am Sunday 19th July. As we cannot operate the Prayer Room at church it will be a Virtual Prayer Room. You can book slots online and commit to pray for that hour at home.
Following on from Richard’s news that he and Vicky will be leaving St Mary’s in September, there have been lots of questions about what happens next. The appointment of a Vicar in the Church of England is an established process that happens in largely the same way all across the country and is governed by law. First the church community go through a process of discernment: listening to each other and to God to describe the current ministry of the church, to discern the vision and direction in which the Lord is leading the Parish, and arising out of this, the characteristics and skills that are needed in a new Minister. So we really want to saturate this process in prayer. Prayer is essential as we seek God’s will about the future of St Marys, so we would like to make this the focus of this 24 hours of prayer and will be providing materials to help you pray for the appointment process. More resources here.
We will start praying with the first slot at 9am on Sunday 18th July and will finish at 9am on Sunday 19th July.
The idea might seem a bit daunting at first to pray for a whole hour, but there are lots of great resources we will be drawing on from the 24-7 Prayer movement and many people say once they start they can’t stop! (Read more here)
This is a great opportunity to come together as a church at this time to seek God, to pray for our church, community, friends, family and to spend time experiencing the presence of God.
24-7 Prayer is a global movement started in 1999, following a long tradition of Christian prayer, and has led to continual prayer 24 hours a day in a chain of Prayer Rooms around the world ever since. You can read more about 24-7 Prayer on their website www.24-7prayer.com.