Welcome to Kelvedon and Feering Churches. Prayer is at the centre of our communities, find out how we can help you below.
the start of Advent, help us to realise the true meaning of Christmas, that you gave your Son to be born as a baby. We thank you for the joys of Christmas but help us to take time in our busy lives to remember you. Also help us to be generous to the needs of others, to the lonely, the busy, those you are sad and in need. May your blessings be upon us all. Amen.
Matthew 25 - The Parable of the Ten Young Women
“At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them, while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. The bridegroom was late in coming, so they began to nod and fall asleep.
“It was already midnight when the cry rang out, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’ The ten young women woke up and trimmed their lamps. Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ ‘No, indeed,’ the wise ones answered, ‘there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the store and buy some for yourselves.’ So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed.
“Later the others arrived. ‘Sir, sir! Let us in!’ they cried out. ‘Certainly not! I don't know you,’ the bridegroom answered.”
And Jesus concluded, “Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.This is an appropriate Bible reading for Advent. Read the passage through several times. Jesus says that we need to be prepared, we do not know when our time will come, or when he may return. We all hope that we will not be the foolish ones, who are found unprepared, but to be expectant and ready to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.
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 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.
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.
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