Welcome to Kelvedon and Feering Churches. Prayer is at the centre of our communities, find out how we can help you below.
Let us look forward together to this coming year. Help us to reflect on what we should be doing, how we can grow as Christians and to learn more about your goodness. Help us to make a difference in our community and to share our faith with others. We ask you Lord to help us to be open to your word, to grow in faith and understanding; and to be generous of spirit. Amen.
Luke 6 v 43 – 45 A Tree and Its Fruit
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks”.
Read through the passage two or three times. What can we learn from this reading? We cannot expect goodness to come out of us if we are inherently bad. We have to strive to ensure that our hearts are pure as then our words and deeds will reflect on our goodness. By ‘heart’ the Bible doesn’t mean just our emotions but the centre of our being, who we truly are – our identity, in short. By using the word ‘abundance’ Jesus suggests that there is more in our hearts – and in our minds and souls, in our very selves – than we ever know. We have the potential to do enormous good, or even enormous harm. If we pray the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done’, then we can ask good to help us draw out the true goodness he has given us, so that we can bring out the good treasure that he has given us. If we ask good to show us this ‘treasure’, we may be surprised what we find.
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