This guide to prayer was originally for children but still worth thinking about.
You don't have to know any prayers if you want to pray - in fact, words can often get in the way. Picture Jesus, and then say what is in your heart, what you feel.
God hears every prayer - but not all prayers are answered in the way we might expect or desire: we don't always pray for his will to be done!
can be offered to God anywhere, at any time.
But thankfully we don't live all our lives in moments of extreme crisis. What about day-to-day praying? We need to come closer to God, to experience His love for us and to try to make sense of where we are in the world. Prayer is the way we do this.
How to start?
Use your hand.
Your fingers can be used to bring to mind different things to pray for.
this is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.
this is the pointing finger. Pray for all those people and things in your life who guide and help you. Friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services and so on.
this is the tallest finger. Pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.
this is the weakest finger on your hand. It can not do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.
this is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.
When should I pray?
Traditionally, prayer times have been morning and evening, but you can choose a time which is best for you. It helps to be somewhere quiet, where you can have some time for yourself.
Do I have to kneel?
Kneeling is the traditional posture for penitence and standing for praise, but you can pray anywhere - walking, standing, sitting, whatever feels comfortable.
What else do I need to know?
Be creative - use music, a stone, a feather, a flower, or a candle to help you focus - if you are very young, or elderly, be careful with candles!
Prayer activity is a discipline - it can be difficult at times, just like keeping fit, being on a diet, or keeping weeds down in the garden! Little and often is best, but don't give up! No prayer, however inadequate you may feel it to be, is ever wasted or of no value.
The ministry and mission of our East Trent churches has never been more needed: meeting online or in church for prayer, services and fellowship, loving our neighbours by offering practical support to the vulnerable, and caring for our communities. The work of our churches is reliant on people’s generosity, particularly as we have lost several of our regular income streams since being in lockdown, owing to the cancellation of weddings and other events, and we are so grateful for all the gifts we receive. This generosity is a hallmark of a lived-out faith and a testament to it. If you are able to give to us now, here’s how you can help.
If you would like to join the planned giving scheme for one (or more!) or our churches, please contact us and you will be put in touch with the PCC treasurer.
If you would prefer to make a one-off gift or to set up a standing order, we hope that the details below for all our churches will help you:
Acc Name: Besthorpe Church Account
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Collingham, Girton, Harby
Acc Name: Holme Church
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North & South Clifton
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Acc Name: Parochial Church Council of Winthorpe
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