Advent Prayer 24-7

Sunday 29th November to Sunday 6th December 2020

An invitation to join in prayer for the life of our nation, our church and our community. A time to listen to God.

It’s the turn of the Christian year, a time to acknowledge that God is in control, and may have surprising new things for us. Our job is to stay connected, keep hold of the lifeline, join in the heartbeat of prayer that keeps us alive to the things of God. That way we can access the real comfort, the true joy that was quietly laid in a bed of straw a couple of millennia back and still sustains humanity now.

To help us do that at Trinity Churches we are proposing a week of continuous prayer from midday on Advent Sunday 29 Nov through to the following Sunday 6 Dec. We have designed it to be Covid-safe, so all of the prayer can be done from home, either on your own/ in your own bubble, or shared online with others. We do plan to have the church open for prayer a couple of hours a day, but even if lockdown makes that impossible, it won’t stop us praying!

If you look at the online sign-up sheet you will see the daily pattern of prayer:

  • Hour-long slots through day and night. Just click on a slot and put your name down to pray then. Any number may join the same slot. If you supply your email you will get an encouraging reminder to pray! (your email address will be shared with the coordinator, Rev Charles Ruxton, and no-one else).
  • Hosted ‘Zoom’ slots at 12 noon and 8pm except Sunday. Sign up to these and you will receive a link to the Zoom session which will focus on a particular way of praying (e.g. ‘praying with the Bible’ or a particular area for prayer (e.g. ‘care homes’). (You need to download the Zoom programme in advance if you don’t already have it: go to us/support/download to get it automatically onto your computer/tablet/phone).
  • ‘6 o’clock live’ on Facebook at 6pm (except Sun): a short led time of reflection and worship.
  • We plan to have the church open at 9am and 3pm (except Sun) for an hour each. There will be space to pray, a host to help you and keep things Covid-safe, and some inspiration to pray.

Don’t be daunted at spending an hour alone in prayer. If you sign up, there will be resources to help you – but the amazing thing is, most people who do an hour say that two would be better, especially during the quiet hours of the night. Prayer turns out to be …. a lifeline!

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