They all joined together constantly in prayer along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.” (Acts 1:14 NIV)
The Prayer Meeting runs throughout the year on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
We believe totally in the need for and the power of prayer, and believe that this meeting is the powerhouse of the church. At the meeting, we sit together, some of us praying out loud, some silently, some for a few minutes and others simply praying two or three words, and we know that God hears it all. One of our members acknowledges, “I know when I first came, all these years ago, I was a bit nervous as it was the first one that I had attended.” However, together we learn to overcome our apprehensions. By hearing others, we have all learned how to pray for different needs and situations. Nothing is too small or too big to bring to the Lord.
Requests for prayer from the congregation and others are totally confidential and can be written and passed to us through the Minister, the office or via members of the group. If you prefer total privacy you can simply name the situation and leave it unsigned if you wish. People’s needs and concerns are countless.
Each Sunday from 10:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., a short pre-service prayer meeting in the Committee/Waiting Room is held to pray specifically for God to bless the service and the various aspects associated with it. Members of the Prayer Group invite others to join them as they uphold in prayer all that happens in our premises on a Sunday morning. Prayer is offered for those responsible for preparing the sanctuary and the worship; the people who gather to attend the service, those who greet them; those who prepare and deliver the Christian Education programme, as well as the children being nurtured in the faith, and the homes and families to which they belong; the fellowship in the waiting room over coffee/tea. There is plenty for which to pray — such as safe travel for the journeys that people make to and from the church, bus-drivers, those whose duties relate to the uplifting and counting of the offering, and those who tidy up afterwards.
At 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, the Prayer Meeting is held in the Committee/Waiting Room. This meeting is open to all. It lasts for half and hour, and members are free to pray for any topic for which they have been moved to pray. These topics will vary from international tensions and tragedies to individual concerns, from practical attempts to meet local needs to give thanks for the beauty of the universe, and the wonder of our salvation. Naturally, we pray for the Church in all its branches, and those in positions of responsibility throughout the world.
At 7:30 p.m. on the Friday before Communion Sundays, the Elders of the Kirk Session prepare themselves by attending a prayer service. They then prepare the church by dressing the pews with white linen. They also check and prepare the vessels and elements that will be used in the distribution of the Lord’s Supper.