The heart of the community



                        Prayer for visitors to our church

Gracious God, bless all those who visit our church.
May it be a place where the sorrowful find comfort and the joyful give thanks.

Where the tempted find strength and the sinner finds forgiveness.

 Where the wanderer finds fellowship and the faithful find grace.

 Where the disturbed are comforted and the comfortable are disturbed.



                                          OUR RHYTHMS OF PRAYER

Every week, people from our church gather to draw close to God in prayer. There are different kinds of opportunities for prayer together at St Hilda's Church. Here is an example of an average week.

Monday: 9am A handful of people join Paul and Mark, the clergy, for an informal time of prayer for around 45 minutes, which also follows a set order of psalms, prayers, bible reading to join in with and reflect upon.

Tuesday: 9am Join with five or six church members and clergy to follow a Celtic-style order of Morning Prayer. Again, it is an informal setting and there is a chance to reflect together on bible readings and pray for the world, our church and parish, and one another over 40-45 minutes.

Wednesday: 10am Around a dozen or so gather in the chapel for a quiet service of Morning Prayer with some sung hymns or, on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, a service of Holy Communion. Afterwards, stay behind for some refreshments in a friendly atmosphere. The Church stays open all day until 5pm.

Thursday: 9am Informal prayer following a form of Morning Prayer with an opportunity to reflect and pray together for about 45 minutes.

Friday: No set time or place for praying together; but perhaps you can set aside a space at home for silent prayer; or walk around Warley Woods; or use the Prayer Labyrinth in front of the Vicarage.

Saturday: 9am Informal prayer following a form of Morning Prayer with an opportunity to reflect together on bible readings and pray for the world, our church and parish, and one another for about 45 minutes.

                               RHYTHMS OF PRAYER DURING THE DAY

Prayer is like breathing in and out. It is like a never-ending conversation, but may often be wordless. It can be prompted by beauty or sorrow or joy or just the humdrum tasks. It can be thankfulness or confession, pleading intercession or restful awareness of God's presence in the everyday.

In the Anglican tradition, there are also set prayers which can help at different stages of the day. In the modern day with many of us with access to the internet, it is possible to use your phone or tablet or laptop to follow morning, evening and night prayers with set readings from the bible as well as psalms, special responses and prompts for prayers of intercession for others. Here is a link to an online prayer book produced by the Church of England:

                             THE PARISH OF ST HILDA WARLEY WOODS

Our church is at the heart of a parish containing some 4,100 homes and 10,500 people. It is part of our Anglican way of life that we pray and have particular concern for the people who live and work in this geographical space. This does not mean to say we don't pray for the world beyond this small area, our prayers will of course take us wherever God's loving concern pulls us.

This guide is to help you plot a way of praying for the streets and places in our parish where people gather to live, work and pray. As you pray for these places through the coming months perhaps you can use this simple prayer of blessing from Numbers 6.22-24:

                                  The Lord bless you and keep you.

            The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

            The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.


                            OTHER RHYTHMS OF PRAYING TOGETHER

We will be holding bi-monthly prayer walks as another way of praying and as part of our reaching out to the parish, or at least getting to know the parish a bit better. There will be held on different days of the week and different times of the day to try and include as many people as possible. We will start the year with the full boundary walk which will take a couple of hours. The rest of the walks will be shorter sections, which last about 45 minutes.

Tues IOth Jan 10am - the parish boundary

Mon 6th March 2pm - the north side of the parish

Sat 13th May 10am - the south side of the parish

Weds 19th July 7pm - the east side of the parish

Tues 5th Sept 10am - the west side of the parish

Weds 8th Nov 2pm - Warley Woods

                             PRAYING TOGETHER IN THE EVENING

For many years, a group of people have faithfully joined together to pray for the Parish and the Congregation regularly. They have prayed for the ministry of healing and wholeness through St Hilda's. They have prayed for individuals in need. They have prayed for outreach into our community and the service of all who live in Warley Woods.

The things is, anyone can join in this opportunity for prayer. The evenings are informal, begin with a cuppa and conversation and follow a pattern of reflection and prayer. Participants can pray out loud or silently.

                   DATES FOR PRAYING TOGETHER REGULARLY  in 2017

                    will be on the third Monday evening of each month 7-8 pm.

                    16 January 20 February 15 May 19 June 17 July 21 August

                               18 September 16 October 20 November.