What is prayer?
Prayer is simply responding to God. It’s about turning our hearts towards God; bringing us to God, and God to us. It may involve talking or listening, stillness or action. There are no special words to say, and there is no required way to kneel or stand. You can pray with others or alone. You can pray in church, walking down the street or in the shower. You can whisper, you can sing or you can shout. Sometimes you don’t need words at all. Anybody can pray, anytime, anywhere. God is always listening. Anybody can pray, anytime, anywhere. God is always listening.
times of prayer
During normal times we hold the following prayer times:
- All Saints: 09.00 – 09.30 every Saturday
- Home groups: 10:00 fortnightly on Mondays at 1 Orchard Way, Stretton, contact Thelma Cain on 024 7654 3256 and 6 The Paddocks, Stretton: 19:30 on 2nd & 4th Tuesday
- Morning Prayer: 9.30 every Wednesday at St Leonard’s Birdingbury
- Zoom Morning Prayer at 9am on a Tuesday
- Zoom Evening Prayer at 9pm on Sundays and Thursdays
If you have a particular need for prayer, or wish someone to pray with you, please contact a Churchwarden from your parish.
We run a prayer chain which is a commitment by a number of people who have agreed to pray for people in the Benefice and further afield as part of their daily prayers. Find out more.
Usually, All Saints’ Church, Stretton on Dunsmore is open during the day, ready to welcome local people or visitors from farther afield. The ‘church on the hill’ gives an opportunity for you to come close to God or just for quiet reflection.
On the right-hand side as you enter the church is a Prayer Corner with comfortable seats, cushions and a few prayer books together with a board on which you may leave any prayer requests, anonymously if you wish. It is also good to read some ‘thank you’ prayers. This board is checked regularly and included in the Saturday prayer time, which takes place in church from 9-9.30am each Saturday morning. This takes the form of a short act of worship leaving a time for your own prayers or reflection.
Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen