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St Mary's Church

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The Ministry of Prayer at St Mary’s

Regular Prayer Activities

  • The Ministry of Prayer is offered in the Lady Chapel every Sunday during the 10am Eucharist Service, and during the 6pm Holy Communion with Healing Prayer, held on the last Sunday of each month.
    Prayer may be for yourself or on behalf of another.
  • There is a prayer corner in the Lady Chapel with a box for prayer requests and candles to light
  • A Prayer Group meets for about 45 mins most Mondays at 6.45pm to pray together for the community (Fairford as a town and the Church Community) and also praying for the requests that have been placed in the prayer box in the Lady Chapel and Park Close Stores. Anyone is welcome to join in with this.
  • There are also several bible study /house groups taking place in Fairford. One on a Monday evening, another on a Tuesday morning, and one that Kathleen and Sarah run that meets roughly monthly. If you want to know more about these then Denise Hyde (01285 713285) is the person to talk to.

Prayer and Healing Group

This is a small group (7 people) who meet monthly to look at ways of encouraging and healing people on their spiritual journeys and to pray together.

  • They are regularly involved in the Prayer in pairs at the 10.00am service and 6.00pm Healing service on the last Sunday of each month.
  • They are also involved in the actual running of the Healing Service, leading, reading, intercessions, chalice.
  • They manage the prayer corner in the Lady Chapel - the prayer request box, and prayer cards for people to take away.
  • They organize events like the Lent Daily Prayer and Lent Courses and The Annual Parish Retreat

December Prayer Focus

The Virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means "God with us".
Mathew 1:23

I am Immanuel – God with you at all times. This promise provides a sure foundation for your joy. Many people try to pin their pleasure to temporary things but my presence with you is eternal. Rejoice greatly beloved knowing that your Saviour will never leave you or forsake you.

Do not look down on temporary pleasures but DO recognize their limitations…their inability to quench the thirst of your soul. Your search for lasting joy will fail unless you make me your ultimate goal. I will show you the way of life. In my presence is fullness of joy. Extract from Jesus calling for Christmas by Sarah Young.

We encourage you to join us in prayer whether at home or in Church for the following groups of people and areas of our town:

  • All Businesses in our town
  • Sports Centre, Youth & Adult Rugby, Football, Cricket, Tennis, Netball, & Badminton Clubs
  • Scouts, Sea Cadets, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies & Rainbows
  • All who live in West End Gardens, The Garretts, Dynevor Terrace, Dynevor Place, Vines Row, Saxon Way, Sunhill Close, Longlands, Welsh Way, Burdocks

If you would like someone to pray with you in your home, please contact the Parish Office.

Prayer For The Month (December)

Angel Window 15 Father God, we thank you for giving us the gift of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Help us to give the gift of our time to help those who cannot help themselves, our love, to those who need it most and deserve it least, help us to use the gift of life that you have given us to bring the light and love, peace, joy and hope that Jesus brings into the lives of those with whom we have contact. Jesus is the greatest gift of all help us to introduce and share him this Christmas time and always, AMEN

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

Immanuel God with us. May you enjoy His Presence and His Peace in ever-increasing measure.

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