The Church has many meetings and activities, beginning the week with the Sunday services and continuing each day with different groups meeting to further the on-going life and work of Wokingham Methodist Church. All of these meetings, and the people involved in them, need the foundation of prayer and this support is one function of the prayer group that meets each week at the Church, usually in John:
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 to 10.30am. It has the role of praying for the life of the Church, its activities, its work in the community, the well being of its members and world concerns. We recognize that Prayer starts here with us but radiates out to many places, people and needs. Contact: Rosi MorganBarry
Annual Report (February 2018)
Jesus was a Man of Prayer – slipping away at dawn or in the quiet of the evening to talk with his Father. On only a few occasions does he teach about prayer and instruct his disciples how to pray. Or sometimes, how not to pray (Matthew 6: 5 – 8). In order for our church to be 'a place where prayer is valid' we too need to pray: as individuals at home; within our worship or as a prayer group.
So every Tuesday morning, come rain or shine, a group meets in John room at 10.00am. Sometimes we number just two or three gathered together, sometimes eight or nine, but we are always aware that God is with us – listening in to our pre-prayer discussion when we share with each other concerns that have come to any one of us during the previous week. These can vary from small items; personal worries, or anxieties over family or friends, to greater news reports of national or international disasters. But there always many things for which to give thanks, and we are conscious always of a loving and listening God sharing thoughts with us.
This year we have often focussed on the 'spiritual 5 a day' suggested by the President and Vice-president of conference: give thanks; keep silence; pray; read and reflect; act. So that at the end of each prayer group meeting we each aim to go out refreshed and renewed to continue God's work in our church and community.
Please join us.
So what happens in a prayer group?
We pray for people, places and events for which we have concern; this may begin with our church and its activities but also reaches beyond it into our community, our country and our world.
People are at the centre of our concern: those who are in need of prayer for many and various reasons. We must therefore always be open to information about those needs, but such information remains within the groups and is treated with confidentiality.
Events near and far also demand our prayers: unexpected tragedies; natural disasters; wars, conflicts, crime, and the sorry day-to-day news from around the world. We pray for those caught up in these situations; for those afflicted and those who risk their lives to save and help. We pray too for both victims and perpetrators of crimes and conflict.
Some places in the world have particular and on-going needs and we try to remember those places where the news teams have left the scene but the results of difficulties are still on-going. These can be in rich as well as the poorer countries and we pray for these as required.
Every prayer meeting is different, but usually begins with sharing information on particular concerns based on the events of the day and news about any of our number who are ill or in trouble. We start with a reading, a hymn or a prayer from the Prayer Handbook or a thanksgiving for the day. We pray for the spiritual activities of our church and circuit and the effectiveness of worship in touching people's lives.
We are sending out a plea for more people to join our prayer group which meets on Tuesdays at 10.00am, and another plea for information on which to base our prayers (see prayer requests below).
We strongly believe in the power of prayer and that it is a vital resource for the life of the church. We also believe that with prayer we can achieve much, but without it we can do nothing. We are sure that there are many in our Church who would appreciate sharing with us and we would love to hear from you.
Douglas MacDougall & Rosi MorganBarry
All these requests will be taken up at the meetings and we stress again will be kept confidential.