Monday Evening House Group
Meets: Generally 1st & 3rd Monday of each month in a member’s home at 19:30, but currently this group is suspended.
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 Bible Study Group
Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month in the Bradbury Centre at 10:30
Contact: Malcolm Ray-Smith
The group that used to meet at the church on Wednesdays and the group that used to meet in homes on Thursday at Two both ceased to operate during the Covid Pandemic.
A new group has begun in 2022, meeting in February at the Church at 10.30 am and intends to meet on the second Thursday each month to look together at Paul’s first Pastoral Letter to Timothy. Rosi MorganBarry led the first session and John Williams will lead our second look at Chapter One. I will share future leading sessions with Rosi and John. We meet in Matthew, but it would be good if we expanded sufficiently to need a larger room!
Meets: Every Tuesday at the Church at 10:30
Contact: Rosi MorganBarry
During the past two years when meetings have been prevented, or at least discouraged, the prayer group members continued to try and 'meet' every Tuesday at 10.00 am in their own homes to pray for people and situations we had each heard about. It was not always easy to remember the time and the day (I confess I frequently forgot and had to catch up so to speak, later in the day!) However, since things have eased we are meeting again every Tuesday in John room at the slightly later time of 10.30 am.
The need for prayer remains as great as ever, and continues to reach us in various ways, so that the start of each meeting is a discussion of such concerns as come through the media, individual contacts, the church notices and messages from friends and families. Prayer requests can also be left in the small prayer box situated just inside the meeting place, or via the prayer web link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our prayers are often wide-ranging and can cover news reports of national or international problems to the needs of our church family to personal worries and anxieties. We try always to begin with thanks, often for prayers answered, and we are very conscious that although we may be only two or three (or seven or eight) gathered together, God is with us, hears and responds to all our prayers, both spoken and unspoken.
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 10.30am, 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: email@example.com 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.