In 2019 St Mary’s will have 24 hours of continuous prayer each month. In March we had our first monthly 24 hours of Prayer and we’ve had great feedback from those involved. Slots in the Prayer Room for next month 6-7 April can now be booked online here.
For the last 3 years we’ve had a continuous chain of prayer 24 hours a day for a whole week (24/7) as part of the national Thy Kingdom Come initiative. In 2018 over 100 people from took part in 154 one hour slots in the prayer room. We will repeat this again in 2019 in addition to our 24 hours of prayer each month.
24-7 prayer is not a new idea; in fact it’s as ancient as the church. For 24 hours each month we will create a Prayer Room in the Bell Tower which will be a creative space, hosting continual prayer with people praying in one hour slots, to create a chain of night and day prayer. In doing so we pray that we will see the needs, priorities, hopes and hurts of our community poured out to God; Experience how the Holy Spirit makes his presence felt in a people and place; Ignite fresh faith, unity and a passion for mission through taking on this challenge to seek God together.
We will start praying with the first slot at 8am on Saturday 6th April and will finish at 8am on Sunday 7th April. There will be lots of creative ways to pray in the room and suggestions on how to divide up an hour. We will have a stereo in the Room which you can plug an iPod into if you want to bring some Worship Music with you and we will have some ways to record and share prayers with others using the room. 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 fantastic opportunity to come together as a church and 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 or watch the video below.