Diocesan Prayers

Fellowship of Pray-ers

People committed to regular prayer for their Parish, Deanery and Diocese

Could this be you?

Prayer is an important, indeed essential part of our Christian lives. It is our conversation with God. No relationship or friendship can grow without communication and through prayer our relationship with God is able to flourish. Prayer is often spontaneous and natural: we talk to God as we go about our daily lives. Many of us lead busy and full live, and short bursts of prayer can be the thing that gets us through a hectic and frustrating day. A short time of quiet, allowing us to be open to God, can be the peace we need in the midst of the busyness of lives.

Who are the Diocesan Pray-ers?

The concept of the Pray-ers began in 1990 at the beginning of the Decade of Evangelism. At the time each parish was asked to encourage members to commit themselves to praying regularly not only for their parish, but also for the work of their Deanery and Diocese. At the end of the decade The Fellowship of Diocesan Pray-ers came into being to continue this work.

Pray-ers are committed to a regular time of prayer each day for their Parish, Deanery and Diocese, from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on their circumstances. Many pray through the requests in the Praying the Way column in Rochester Link. Some Deaneries have their own Pray-ers’ newsletter.

Who can become one?

Many men and women of all ages from all parts of the Diocese have committed themselves to this quiet but important work of prayer. A number of housebound Christians find that this is something important and valuable that they are able to do for our Lord and for the Church. People from all walks of life are welcome to join the fellowship and anyone who feels able to make a regular commitment, however small, can become a Pray-er.

What happens next?

Contact your Archdeaconry Co-ordinator who will give you information about the Fellowship in your Deanery. There may be a regular newsletter to help you to focus on the prayer needs within the Deanery. The Pray-ers meet at intervals. How you pray through the requests will depend on you – some people are able to pray for all the requests each day, others will work through them more slowly, perhaps over a week.

Workshops are held regularly, when you will meet Pray-ers from other Deaneries. In alternate years a Quiet Day is arranged. These events enable Pray-ers to develop and grow in their prayer lives and to meet and share with other Pray-ers. There is no pressure to attend meetings but some find the encouragement and fellowship meaningful.

More than 600 people in the Diocese are committed to the work of the Pray-ers – please consider joining us to proclaim the Word and Work of God in our lives and in the places where we live and work.

Prayer upholds all that we endeavour to do together as agents of the Love of God. It is vital in the support we offer one another in our parishes, our Deaneries, Diocese and the world wide family of God.

Diocesan Prayer Co-ordinators:

Bromley and Bexley Archdeaconry

Jenny Smith

Flat 1, 52 High Street, Chislehurst, BR7 5AQ

0208 467 6499

Jenny_mary@btinternet.com

Rochester Archdeaconry

Lorna Kahan

26 Wallis Close, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7BE

01322 271657

Lorna.kahan@hotmail.co.uk

Tonbridge Archdeaconry

Judith Howard,

10 Mount Pleasant Road, Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6QE

01732 458285

judithhoward@weald.plus.com




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