Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

Prayer and Bible Readings

Welcome to Kelvedon and Feering Churches. Prayer is at the centre of our communities, find out how we can help you below.

Prayer for August

 

Dear Lord
We give thanks for the opportunity to have a break at this time of year, to enjoy the good weather and to visit new places.  We ask that you keep us safe and that we return home well rested.  We pray for those who are unable to have a holiday, for those who are sick and unable to travel and those who cannot afford to get away.  We ask for your blessing upon us all.  Amen.

 

Bible reading for August

John 6:24-35
When the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they got into those boats and went to Capernaum, looking for him. When the people found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Teacher, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: you are looking for me because you ate the bread and had all you wanted, not because you understood my miracles. Do not work for food that spoils; instead, work for the food that lasts for eternal life. This is thefood which the Son of Man will give you, because God, the Father, has put his mark of approval on him.” So they asked him, “What can we do in order to do what God wants us to do?” Jesus answered, “What God wants you to do is to believe in the one he sent.” They replied, “What miracle will you perform so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, just as the scripture says, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” “I am telling you the truth,” Jesus said. “What Moses gave you was not the bread from heaven; it is my Father who gives you the real bread from heaven. For the bread that God gives is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they asked him, “give us this bread always.” “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty.

Prayer Link

A prayer link is available for those who would like prayer for themselves, their family, friends or for anyone who feels the need to have the comfort of knowing people are praying for them. It is particularly well used in times of crisis. Once informed of a request for prayer, the carefully selected group of "prayers" begin to pray and pass on the name for prayer to the next person on the list. Any matter given to the Prayer Link Team is of course, highly confidential.

 

In the first instance please give your prayer request to Sarah Openshaw 01376 570381 or 07807214953 who will pass it down the chain. You can of course, also give your prayer to our vicar, Simon Garwood 01376 573701.

 

If you would like someone to be prayed for as part of the intercessions in the Sunday service, please contact Simon.

Prayer Cards

"Prayer is not an escape; prayer is the way to conquest. Prayer is not flight; prayer is power. Prayer does not deliver a man from some terrible situation; prayer enables a man to face and master a situation. So often people pray to be rescued from a situation......, to be healed from a sickness...... Sometimes, it is true, deliverance comes, but far more often the answer is that we are given the strength, which is not our strength, to go through with it.... Prayer does not provide a means of running away from the human situation; prayer provides a way of meeting the human situation."  William Barclay

 

We are trying out new prayer initiatives to help us all to remember the great need everyone has for prayer in our lives – Prayer Request Cards. The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which will be issued monthly and available in church. The intention is that we have different special requests each month, and these will be printed on the slips, together with a prayer you could use. We ask that you then pray for these needs at home. There will also be a tear-off slip which can be left in the box in church if you have any special prayer needs yourself.

 

We do hope that these will be well used and an encouragement for us all to improve our prayer life.

Bigger Breakfast

We work closely with the other churches in Kelvedon; The United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Every month members of all the churches meet together to pray for the villages of Kelvedon and Feering. These informal prayer meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, each church taking its turn to host and lead the session.

 

We begin with breakfast at 8.00 a.m. and end at 9.00 a.m.

 

See the Kelvedon Parish Magazines for details of upcoming sessions.

Monthly Prayer Group

 

Members of the church meet together to pray informally on the second Monday of the month, at 8.00 p.m. for half an hour. This is led by a member of the group and the meeting is held in the church rooms at St Mary's.

 

Everyone very welcome.

 

 

 

Prayer Ideas to Try

 

There is no right or wrong way to pray but sometimes it is helpful to have some guidelines to get you started.

 

Why not try this? At the end of the day

 

  1. Ask God to help you to look at the day with His eyes not your own.
  2. Give thanks for the day, it was a gift from God.
  3. Review the day, look back on the various things that happened.
  4. Face up to your shortcomings.
  5. Look forward to the day to come and where you might need God in that day.
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