Prayer Ministry at St. Timothy's
There are several aspects of the prayer ministry at St. Timothy's. Some of these are more visible as they happen during the service every Sunday.
Prayers of the People bring us all together as one leader prays for us, focusing on the church and its leaders, peace, unity, mission work, the sick and parts of the world where people are experiencing particular difficulties because of natural disasters, human conflict or human greed.
The Prayer List in each week's Service Leaflet names those who have requested prayer in this way, showing the cause for concern and suggesting what we may pray for.
Prayers after the Service give an opportunity to everyone who wishes prayer for a personal challenge, a family member or a friend, or for thanking God for blessings.
Outside service time, a small group of parishioners attend a Weekly Prayer Meeting held each Friday. They pray for all aspects of St. Timothy's including current and future events, challenges and blessings, for those on the weekly Prayer List, for any topic that presents itself. Some people request prayer, but would prefer not to have their name listed. Any prayer needs shared are always treated confidentially. Some people participate actively by praying aloud, but others may choose to use set prayers suitable for the circumstance and others may prefer to simply focus on listening and giving their silent support.
The final part of this ministry is the Prayer Chain in which seven people phone one another very quickly to start prayer for a particular emergency. Some examples would be someone having an emergency operation, a heart attack or stroke situation or a serious accident.
Parishioners are encouraged to become actively involved in one or more areas of this ministry. While being a very important basic part of our church, it is not very time consuming and brings great rewards.