At St John’s we are seeking to become a House of Prayer, believing that as we work to build God’s kingdom with Him, nothing of lasting significance will be accomplished unless it is underpinned by prayer.
Prayer is indeed integral to the Christian life, both personal and corporate; it is the means by which we can speak to God and hear Him speak to us. We can both give and receive prayer.
‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.’ Eph 6:18
There are many ways in which we can pray for people and situations. Often it is helpful to pray with others. There are various opportunities to do this in the life of our church. We are encouraged to use moments during the day to pray. Our Barriers for Prayer initiative reminds us that we can pray when waiting at the level crossings, in bus or supermarket queues, or indeed for anything.
The prayer diary, which can be found on our weekly news sheet, gives us a chance to pray as a church, but in our own place and time. The main church prayer meeting, First Priority, is held in the church once a month on the second
Tuesday of each month. We begin our time with worship and the ensuing prayer time follows a theme, covering our churches ministry, our community and/or current national and international issues. See the calendar for details.
We meet bi-monthly for a Church Prayer Breakfast, now being held either in the church or at Virginia Lodge, on a Saturday morning, primarily to pray for our church project and all that entails.
Prayer Xtra events happen from time to time when we need to call the church family together to pray for something more urgently. These will be notified on the website and weekly newsletter.
‘…and pray for each other, that you may be healed.’ James 5:16
It is a huge privilege to pray for one another. Scripture encourages us to do so.
If you would like someone to pray with you, prayer teams are available after the morning services, both at 9.15 and 11 o’clock.
Small groups (Life groups and Breakthrough groups) also offer prayer within a secure environment. If you would like to find out more about small groups, please contact the clergy.