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 2019)
The life of the church is reflected in its commitment to prayer at all times, and in different ways: from Sunday worship, to prayer before meetings, to private individual prayer at home. The Tuesday prayer group is one more avenue to bring our thoughts to God and listen for God's response.
It continues to meet in John room at 10am every week, throughout the year. On the rare occasions when the Bradbury Centre has been closed, we have met in the corner of a coffee shop. This year, when Christmas and New Year's day fell on a Tuesday, we missed Christmas day, and then met on the 2nd January.
Sometimes we have felt things are so complicated and difficult that we do not know how to pray, but we are always hold to the sure knowledge that God is with us, is a listening God and knows our needs before we ask.
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.