Prayer is one of the ways we communicate with God. It is often something we do when times are difficult or when we face a crisis, to ask for God’s help, support or guidance in our lives. Prayer is also one of the ways of building our relationship with God, of getting to know Him. We pray to give Him thanks for the good things we enjoy, and to seek His forgiveness for our own human weaknesses and failings.
If you feel the need to talk to God - perhaps because you or someone you love is going through a difficult time, or because you want to share a feeling of joy or sadness, then there are several ways in which we can help.
- You can use some of the prayers on the Personal Prayers page to help you start talking to God.
- You can come along to St Andrew’s, either to one of our services or, when the church is empty, to sit quietly and pray or just to think about God’s presence.
- You can spend time in church in our prayer corner by the small Memorial Altar, where you can light a candle and pray, or leave a prayer on the prayer board, to be prayed for you by a member of the clergy.
If you would like the opportunity to pray with others on a more regular basis, we also organise small prayer groups. For details please contact our Prayer Coordinator.
We also have an open prayer meeting in church on Saturday mornings at 10.00 am when we pray for the life and activities of our own church family. You would be most welcome to attend - simply come along on Saturday, and join us in the choir stalls.
The Church of England Daily Prayer Services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, for today and for tomorrow, are also available from the Church of England website.