In Prayer

prayer-handsOur prayer life is an important part of our spiritual growth and is one of the ways we can listen to God’s word to us. You can offer up your prayers anywhere and at any time. If you do not feel able to articulate your prayers, God knows our needs and understands the yearnings of your heart.

Prayer is individual and the important thing is to pray as you feel comfortable. You could spend time quietly being open to God’s presence; being thankful for blessings; holding before God any cares or concerns.

Sometimes it is helpful to have a focus for your prayer time; a picture that you find inspiring, an icon, or light a candle to symbolise your prayers. Some pray regularly at a particular time each day, others find that a particular place, indoors or out, helps them to centre themselves in prayer.

In my heart and home the blessing of God.
In my coming and going the peace of God.
In my life and believing the love of God.
At each ending and new beginning
the arms of God to welcome me.   Amen

Our Prayer Journalling Bible Study is a guide to help you with regular personal praying with the Gospel. As well as the guide here, you can pick up leaflets from any of our churches.

In addition, the Parish provides a number of different opportunities and resources to help you in your Prayer life. All the groups below are open to everyone, and you will be made most welcome.

Intercessory Prayer Group

The Intercessory Prayer group meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm to pray for the parish community and parish events. The meeting finishes at about 9pm. During the winter months we meet in various houses across the parish and in the summer months we rotate around the parish churches.

For more information please contact Vickie Melling on 01584 881 086 or vickie.melling@pobox.com.

Praying for our Parishes, TVS and TVN

Meetings every other week, 8 pm at Stanford.

For more information please contact Max Jourdier on 01886 812 259.

Quiet reflective services

Celtic Evensong on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6 pm at Stockton and Evening Prayer on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 5 pm at Lindridge are both quiet reflective services. They are listed in the Service Schedule.

Quiet Prayer Days at Glasshampton

Four times a year at nearby Glasshampton Monastery, a group from the parish attend a session of prayer and quiet contemplation. Each session has a specific theme and leader.

Contact one of the Parish Wardens for further details.

The Diocesan Prayer Diary

Using the Prayer Diary means that on each day all of us across the Diocese can pray for the same individuals. We don’t need to know the individuals for whom we are praying, we just need to know they are our fellow disciples in Christ, and they need to know that we are holding them by name before God.

Here is today’s prayer from the diary:

Pray as Wychebrook Benefice starts formally sharing ministry, musicians and resources. Pray for the Revd Sue Barrett as she moves, for those on the Growing Leaders course, ALM Worship Leaders and Reader in Training Fiona Carter. Clergy: Wyn Beynon, Gary Crellin, Barbara Wheatley; Readers: Angela Kovacevic, Melissa Beynon 

Diocese of Southern Brazil: Bishop Humberto Maiztegue

Posted: September 25, 2017, 11:00 pm

You can access the Prayer Diary on the Diocesan website, where there is a link to download the current Quarterly booklet, and you can find previous days’ prayers.

You can view and download the current Quarterly Prayer Diary from here. The next Prayer Diary starting in December can be found here.

Quiet Garden Movement

The Quiet Garden Movement encourages the provision of a variety of local venues where there is an opportunity to set aside time to rest and to pray.

St Mary’s Church, Kyre, one of the churches of Teme Valley South, host a series of events each year, and details of their 2015 programme and contact information can be found here.

Spiritual Direction Network

A spiritual direction network has been active within the diocese for a number of years. This group of clergy and lay people seeks to support those engaged in spiritual direction, and to encourage its more widespread use.

More information can be found here (PDF file).

Just Pray

The website JustPray.uk creates a place for prayer with advice on what prayer is and how to pray. The site also provides a “live prayer” feed of prayers being prayed across the globe via Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

Quiet Prayer Time: Praying Contemplatively with the Gospel

Every Tuesday, 5 – 5.30 pm, in St. Lawrence’s Lindridge. We use Lectio divina a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading which has four separate steps: reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. First the Gospel for the coming Sunday is read, and then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.

Contact one of the Parish Wardens for further details.


Almighty God and Father,
help me to be still in your presence,
that I may know myself to be of your people,
and you to be my God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

James M Todd


Lord, teach me to pray.
Help me to come with boldness to the throne of grace.
Make me conscious of your presence.
Give me the freedom of the Holy Spirit.
Enlarge my vision and increase my faith.
And may my words and my thoughts
be now acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.   Amen

Frank Colquhoun


Heavenly Father,
graciously receive these my prayers,
whether spoken with my lips or echoed in my heart;
and answer them as may be best for me
and those for whom I have prayed,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

Frank Colquhoun


Lord what I know not teach me;
what I have not give me;
and what I am not, make me;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen