Monday Evening House Group
Meets: Generally 1st & 3rd Monday of each month in a member’s home at 19:30.
Contact: David Morgan
In theory we meet twice a month on Mondays with the aim of providing a welcome and to nurture and strengthen people in their Christian journey. In practice we only met once a month in 2019, completing “Talking of God Together”. We followed up with a series of studies on the Prodigal Son and an Advent study.
Since January we have supported the first Sunday bible study and the monthly “God in love unites us” discussion evenings.
David and Christine Morgan
Wednesday Study Group
Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month in the Bradbury Centre at 10:30 (time changed February 2020).
Contact: Rosi MorganBarry
On the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month you will find us usually in John. Formerly this was at 2pm, but we are in the middle of an experiment to see if 10.30 will be better.
We still use the Lifebuilder study guides, each chapter of which is based on a passage of scripture. Continuing with the series on Prayer (subtitled “An Adventure with God”) we considered a prayer attributed to David, when he was up against it. He confidently prayed for God to deliver him from his enemies and we wondered who today our enemies were. Hannah in her distress prayed and so did Mary in her joy at God's provision, and we compared and contrasted their prayers. We also asked the question - what do we mean when we ask God to bless someone. According to Paul in Ephesians this is essentially coming to know God better, but of course does not exclude his daily help and protection.
From Prayer we went on to a series on Christian Disciplines, which included sections on Prayer and Guidance. It was interesting to get a perspective on these that differed from our previous studies. So far we have looked at, among other disciplines: Quiet Times, Worship, Social Justice, Bible Study and Managing Time and Gifts. Along with seeking to discern what scripture says on these subjects it is immensely valuable to learn from each other’s experiences.
We are not a large group but if you would like to join you would be very welcome.
Thursday-At-Two House Group
Meets: 1st & 3rd Thursdays in the month in a member’s home at 14:00.
Contact: Malcolm Ray-Smith
We continue to meet on the first and third Thursdays each month at Two in the afternoon in the homes of group members; we appreciate the kind hospitality of them all. Wherever we are we pray for those in the church fellowship who we know are unwell or facing particular difficulties.
Since January 2019 we have read though all of Luke’s gospel, using questions suggested by Tom Wright. From March onwards we are working our way through a York Studies course, in the Archbishop’s School Series, prepared by John Wardle on “Healing and Wholeness”.
Members each contribute a pound at our meetings. From time to time we donate the proceeds to charities who we agree to support. During the past year we made donations to Methodist Relief, Missionary Aviation Fellowship and Crisis.
Meets: Every Tuesday in the Bradbury Centre (John) at 10:00.
Contact: Rosi MorganBarry
Someone who, as far as I knew, had no connection with any church and had never expressed any interest in any religion, once asked me to pray for her, as she and her family were going through difficult times. It would seem the need for prayer is a basic human need, even though many would not admit to believing in it!
The Tuesday Prayer group continues to meet every week of the year – including Christmas week – at 10.00am in John room. We are always conscious of God's presence as we prepare with discussion on prayer needs large and small: the personal and individual needs of ourselves, our friends and families, and our own church community; the wider needs of our country, and those who govern us; wider again as we think of world news items which are of great concern. Often, we find a need to begin with thanks for prayers answered. As indeed, it was for my doubting friend.
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
There is a prayer board in the Meeting Place right by the entrance for general concerns, and a box for private requests for prayer. We are anxious that this board is used effectively. You can also email us with your request. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Dorothy Adams. All communications will be treated in confidence, and you are asked to keep your requests brief (i.e. less than 50 words).
All these requests will be taken up at the meetings and we stress again will be kept confidential.