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 February

This year Easter is very early, with Lent beginning on 15th February.  It is a time to reflect on what one should be doing, how one can learn more about God and to love him more; to be a Transforming Presence in our community and to share our faith with others. 

 

So this month let us ask God to help us to be still, to listen to his Word, to grow in faith and understanding; and to be generous of spirit.  

 

Bible Reading for February

Matthew 6.25–34

 

Jesus taught his disciples, saying:  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?”  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.

 

Read the Bible passage through several times.  Are there words or sentences that draw your attention? Jesus is basically telling us not to worry about material things as God will provide.  What faith one would have not to worry about earning money to put food on your table or a roof over your head?  But Jesus says learn about God, obey and love him.  When we are weighed down with worries, we have to trust in God, because he will not fail us.

 

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. These will be available from April on.

 

The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which it is intended 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 magazine for details of upcoming sessions  (on the magazine page of this site)

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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