newsletter building God’s house through Christ Church and St George’s — Stamford
The Apos t le Paul encourages us to ‘ t e S iiprt o ocso s wt
ry i h
mn, b l
awy ep o ryn o
epe’ E h 61
l as ke n pai g f r al t e L r ’ods pol . p :8
e aet ad h
t hs i lr
The picture of prayer that Paul has in mind is more of a war time walkie talkie than a domestic intercom. We are to be always in a state of readiness as the Holy Spirit directs us to pray for all of God’s people, wherever they are.
Last summer I became aware of the need to e s t a b l i s h a n ew intercessory prayer group at St George’s. There were a number of issues and initiatives that were pressing on us as a church and I felt that it was time for me to lead by calling intercessors to pray. We have established a weekly group for the purpose of seeking God’s will, praying for God’s kingdom to come and engaging in the spiritual battle that surrounds us.
I have committed to being in Church myself every Tuesday lunch time from 12:30-2pm with whoever comes to intercede. Val Dibden helps me to lead the group and about 6-10 intercessors have been meeting each week. If you have a heart for intercession and are free on a Tuesday lunch time
Prayer at St George’s pa n
of prayers and r
cai n ih al kns euss
qet. Wih t i n i d
n al l i d
please feel free to come and join with us. The group is open to all who are willing to join with us in prayer.
Another opportunity for regular prayer with others is an hour on a Saturday morning from 8-9am in the church.
Prayer in Small Groups
One of the purposes of our small groups at St George’s is for the group to pray together. Natural topics for prayer will arise from the application of the Bible Study to our everyday lives. Then there are those personal concerns that we can share with others in the safety of the small group so that they can pray with us and for us, whether about a family situation, a problem at work, or a person we are trying to witness to. If you are not yet in a small group do contact Anne Harwood who would love to help you find one. Small groups are also invited to pray for one of our mission partners on a regular basis. Do you know which mission partner your group supports?
BGH Prayer Meeting
Once every half term we call the whole church together to pray for an evening of prayer (7:45- 9:30). Whilst small g roups h a v e th e advantage of intimacy, they can be inward
looking in the things that they pray for. It is therefore good for all the small groups to come together to pray at the BGH prayer meeting. The focus of these meetings is deliberately aimed at the life and ministry of St George’s and Christ Church, new ministry initiatives, evangelistic efforts and national and international issues that need our prayer.
Friday Morning Prayer 8-8:30am
David Oxtoby has i n t r o d u c e d a n opportunity for St George’s members to join together for a short service of Morning Prayer every Friday morning in church. There are set Bible readings for the day, liturgy is followed and there is space for prayer. It has proved to be a popular and valued time for those who attend and there is always the coffee and croissants afterwards!
For more specific and personal prayer, prayer ministry is on offer at most of our Sunday gatherings. So often the Lord brings something to the surface in our lives through the preaching of the word, or through something else said in the service or as we are
Sermon Series Page 7—Diary Dates
Page 8—What’s on…
Continued over page bGh_
Page 5—Christina Oxtoby
November 2011 Inside this
Edition … Page 2 & 3—Mission News
Page 6—Children’s Christmas Party
| Page 2
| Page 3
| Page 4
| Page 5
| Page 6
| Page 7
| Page 8