Prayer

Arms outstretched in prayerPRAY WITHOUT CEASING (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Our calling is to create opportunities to study and pray together so that our experience and understanding of God are deepended and the love of Jesus grows more in us.

A 19th century hymn-writer described prayer as:

'the Christian's vital breath,
 the Christian's native air.'

and it is indeed an integral part of the life of Menston Methodist Church.
 
A small group meet on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am when, following a short meditation, we remember in prayer those within the church and wider local community who have particular needs as well as national and international situations that may be featuring in the news bulletins.
 
In the Church itself there is a Prayer Corner which is a quiet space where material is available that may help guide the thoughts of those using this facility.  Also, there is a book where prayer requests can be entered and these are included in our intercessions within the Sunday worship service as well as the Tuesday morning prayer time.
 
Under the heading of Ecumenical Prayers, the clergy of the Churches Together in Menston and Burley meet each Wednesday at 9am to pray together. This moves to a different location each month and is open to anyone who wishes to join them.
 
Within the congregation on a Sunday morning there is a small team who, at the end of the service, are willing to pray with and for individuals who feel the need of ministry and prayer for particular situations. If you wish to receive such ministry then please speak with one of the stewards on duty who will introduce you to one of the team.
 
The first line of the hymn quoted at the top of this page is 'Prayer is the soul's sincere desire'.  If you want to read it in full it can be found in our hymn book Singing the Faith number 529.
 


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