4th – 11th September is a week of Prayer at St Michael’s.
We’re really excited to be opening up a 24/7 Prayer Room for the very first time, and are inviting everyone to take part.
What’s a Prayer Room?
It’s dedicated space for prayer, for a whole week. There will be lots of resources to help you pray, in whatever way you want.
Who can get involved?
Everyone! You can sign-up as a group, or on your own. You can pray with people you know, or people you might not have met yet. You can pray if you’re a new Christian, or if you’ve been a Christian for many years. Prayer works and we’d love everyone to take part.
It’s an invitation to go deeper with God, And as a church, to pray persistently for a whole week. It’s an event which will set markers for the future.
What do I pray about?
You can pray about anything that’s on your heart. There’ll be prompts in the room to help you, and we have suggested focuses of:
¨ Our church
¨ Our community
¨ The persecuted church and the world
¨ Mission partners
How do I pray for an hour?
If an hours seems like a long time, don’t worry! We’ll have some resources from the 24/7 Prayer organisation to give suggestions on splitting up 60 minutes.
There will also be creative prayer stations and the opportunity to worship.
Will the Prayer Room be open overnight as well?
Yes! We ask that from 10pm—6pm there are at least 2 people at any one time in the room. The building will be secure, and we’ll issue specific access details to those who sign-up to slots outside of office hours.
How do I get involved?
You can sign up on the sign-up sheets in the foyer of the St Michael’s Centre, or contact the Church office. You can email us your preferred time, or give us a call to check and sign up for you. We’d love to fill every hour slot, so please sign-up!
You can also sign-up online here.
“I’m inviting you to join us to pray. 24-7 Prayer Rooms are an international movement to help people learn to pray by praying. There are prayer rooms all over the world at the moment. Our prayer room ‘goes live’ from 4th – 11th Sept. It will be a place for our Church community to join together to seek God’s face; to pray every hour for a whole week. We believe that prayer makes a difference. Things change when we pray. Why not sign up to pray for an hour or two during this week? Why not count yourself in to this? Your prayer matters.”
Simon Jones, Team Rector.
Building work is under way on the site of the new church and community centre, plans are developing for the first stages of refurbishing the church building, support for mission work is already making a difference overseas and fundraising efforts continue apace. Our audacious Heart of the Community project is becoming a reality. And as every area of the project steps up a gear, it’s more important than ever that we place our efforts, our finances and our selves into God’s faithful hands.
As a church family we will be gathering for a half night of prayer in church this Friday evening.
7.00pm – 12.00 midnight
Friday 6 September
St Michael’s church building
The evening will include a variety of prayers and worship led by different church members in one hour blocks. Everyone is invited to come along for as much of the night as they feel able. A great opportunity to bless and be blessed together.
St Michael’s is hosting an afternoon of prayer and an evening prayer service with the Bishop of Bristol this Thursday. We will be joining with church members from across the Deanery of Kingswood and South Gloucestershire to pray for the church and for healing. Everyone is welcome to take part in some or all of the events.
Requests for particular topics for prayer can be sent by email to Caroline Murphy (PA to the area dean) who will allocate time slots for specific prayers.
The Old School Rooms (Room T4/5 upstairs)
Thursday 20 June 2013
A brief time of worship
Prayer for each parish in the Deanery.
The bishop will be laying hands on representatives from every Parish attending
We break for a cup of tea
4.00 – 5.00pm on the Village Green
Prayer for healing in the open air.
Evening prayer service in St Michael’s Church.
Come and join the church family at prayer this Friday evening. This is a time to pray specifically for the Heart of the Community project – lifting Jesus’ name high in Stoke Gifford through a new multi purpose church and community centre, refurbishing the church and the Old School Rooms, and supporting equivalent projects in the UK and the rest of the world.
Friday 14 June
The church building
We will start in the church and there will be a refreshment break over in the Old School Rooms half way through. We are going to pray and worship in church and on the site of the new building. We will finish at midnight. A great opportunity to bless and be blessed together! Come for all of it if you can, but if not, come for as much as you can manage.
More details on the half night of prayer facebook page.