On the eve of a second lockdown and a time of crisis for us as a nation, our Archbishops have reminded us of our primary calling as a church which is to pray. They write
We call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever. During the first lockdown we cheered for the NHS every Thursday. During this second lockdown we invite you to pray for our nation every day, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer.
Their invitation to every one of us is to pray at 6pm every day, beginning Thursday 5 November for the period of this present lock-down. To help us, there a booklet of resources has been issued to help us shape our prayers. Your prayers can last 5 minutes, or longer as you wish. If you want the 5 minute option, choose an opening prayer, praying the prayer of the day and praying one of the prayers for the nation. In addition why not use the Grace prayer before you eat your tea/dinner.
Hard copies of these booklets can be found in the back of the church - please help yourself and most importantly use them
St Mary's remains open each weekday 9am - 4pm (Mon - Fri) for personal prayer, so if you would like to pray in church, please do so.
Let's unite in praying for our nation by praying together at 6pm each day.