Prayer

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God is near to those who call to him, who call to him with sincerity.  Psalm 145:18
We have courage in God's presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will.  1 John 5:14

Prayer is simply conversation with God and coming into His presence, that is meeting with God in a real sense in our everyday lives.  James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."  Prayer is partly about asking God to meet our needs and the needs of others, but it’s also a means of praise, thanksgiving, confession and committing things and situations to God. Most importantly prayer is also about listening to God in that conversation, and being guided by Him. We encourage our church family to pray together regularly and in a variety of settings and formats, to bring before him the needs of the church, parish and the world, and to learn to listen to God, since fellowship and communication are at the heart of our Christian life.  Here are some of the opportunities to engage with prayer at St Michael’s and beyond...
 

Personal Prayer Ministry

Sundays

On two Sundays of the month, we offer an opportunity for people to ask for God's help and blessing on themselves or someone they know, supported by our Prayer Ministry Team. This could be for example, for healing from an illness, or for a personal situation that is troubling you. Anything you say to your prayer partner at either of these times will be kept in strictest confidence.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month, you are invited to go into the Staveley Chapel during Communion - a set prayer will be said with you as you kneel at the altar rail, and you can choose to say as much or as little as you like.

On the 3rd Sunday of the month, you are invited to come and join us on one of the chairs set out in the Chancel after the Morning Praise service, and someone will sit and pray with you.

Other times

One of our Readers, Allen Standeven, is contactable at any time by email, or during the daytime by phone (you may have to leave a message). You can share your situation with him and ask him to pray with you in complete confidence, or you can ask him  to share your prayer with our Prayer Group or post a prayer on the church Prayer Board - it's up to you.

You can contact Allen by telephone: 01457 857331, email: readerallen@ (all our email addresses* end with mottramparish.org.uk) or use his contact form.

*We've broken up all the email addresses on this website, for spam protection.

Prayer Board

Our Prayer Board is a place anyone can write and post a prayer request for any situation they wish the church to be praying together for. The prayer requests are often included in our weekly intercessions during the Sunday services, taken to other prayer groups within the church family and used by many members of the congregation in their personal prayers.

Betty's Prayer Group

A Prayer Group has been meeting in Betty’s home in Hyde since 2004 and is supported by a group of parishioners who pray on a range of topics including world events, our local churches, members of the community (including the list of streets on the prayer page of the Parish Magazine), and all those in need of God's comfort and healing touch.

It runs from 8:00 - 9:00pm on the first Tuesday of each month. We usually have some reflective music, a few formal prayers as well as a time of open prayer.  The hour is very informal and relaxed and everyone contributes as they feel comfortable. We enjoy space for silent prayer too, which can be quite powerful.

All are welcome to this oasis of calm in the midst of a busy week.
Please let Betty know you are coming if you hope to attend:
Telephone 0161 368 5131, email prayergroup@ (all our email addresses* end with mottramparish.org.uk) or use the general contact form.

*We've broken up all the email addresses on this website, for spam protection.

Pastoral Prayer and Support

The church has a dedicated Pastoral and Bereavement Team of people who volunteer to visit, speak, spend time and pray with anyone in the parish or church who is in need. If you think you might find this helpful for yourself or someone you are concerned for, please contact James or our Pastoral Core Team.

For more information about our Pastoral Ministry, click here.

Prayer Resources

Some links to prayer resources you might find helpful...

Traditional Daily Prayer for the morning, evening and into the night with the Church of England.  Includes daily Bible readings and psalms from the lectionary.  Also available as an App for mobile phones.

Pray as You Go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on-line or on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.  A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend.  It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. Lasting 10 to 13  minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Sacred Space - A simple on-line resource to guide you through a session of prayer, in six stages, including preparing your body and mind, and culminating in reflection on a scripture passage chosen specially for the day.

 

Just Pray - An interactive website to learn about what prayer is, how to pray and to share your prayers with others.  Click on the picture to see the video of the Lord's Prayer that was controversially dropped from screening in cinemas in the UK.
 

Twenty Four Seven Prayer International A prayer movement that is a global, non-stop prayer meeting that began in 1999 amongst the young people of Revelation Church in Chichester, England.