PRAYER - NOT JUST IN A CRISIS!
Since the start of the Covid 19 lockdown a quarter of all people in the UK have watched or listened to a religious service and 1 in 20 have started praying.*
It’s not unsurprising that people turn to prayer in times of crisis. When you’ve nothing to lose, but everything to gain, it’s got to be worth trying!
Reaching out to God is something we can all do, anytime, anywhere, and anyhow. There is no magic formula to praying.
It’s true that some people find set prayers helpful, but a prayer can just as easily be a simple conversation with God about things we are thankful for or concerned about.
PARTICIPATE IN THE THY KINGDOM COME PRAYER
This month Christians around the world are being invited to pray from Ascension to Pentecost, as part of a global prayer movement called Thy Kingdom Come.
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.”
Archbishop Justin Welby
Prayer and Care
In these uncertain times when lives and livelihoods are at risk, we all need hope and prayer brings us comfort. However, this year we will not only be praying that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, but that people will also experience that love in action.
Love in Action
As a church we support the valuable work undertaken by several local charities, especially the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, the Leatherhead Youth Project and B@titude. They all need our continuing prayers and support during lockdown.
Last month Leatherhead Parish Church received a substantial financial donation to help those in need within the Parish. With agreement from the donor we were able to share this with the Foodbank, enabling them to buy food at a time when donations have dropped significantly.
Are you able to make a donation of goods or money to support people struggling to make ends meet?
Since lockdown vulnerable individuals and those self-isolating within our congregation have been supported by church volunteers with shopping and other errands. In addition, the staff team have been reaching out by phone for a chat, although without the tea and biscuits!
Could you call, email, or send a card to someone you care about this week?
Have you heard about this free 24/7 telephone service with options to listen to some comforting old hymns, hear a prayer, or listen to some helpful talks and Biblical reflections?
Spread the word about the Daily Hope telephone number 0800 804 8044.
It’s free to call from landlines or mobiles (in the UK) and ideal for those who don’t have online access.
Finally, if you’d like to pray Thy Kingdom Come for the first time, we’d love to help you get started. Please get in touch or check out some of the resources available for use between 21-31 May as part of the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative.
Get In Touch
01372 362 544
(Staffed Wed-Fri 9am to noon)
The Parish Office, Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead,
Surrey, KT22 8BD