During October a few of our congregation came up with ideas (at separate times) about prayer event for our Church as we are very aware that some members have been struggling during these difficult Covid times. We also know that throughout the country many people are currently finding things very tough. The Church of England had a similar response to Lockdown 2.0 and has asked Christians to come together throughout the month of November to pray for the nation. Holy Trinity is therefore encouraging every church member to join in two days of Lockdown Prayer when we can lift our church, our community and our nation to God. The idea is for as many people as possible to sign up to a 30 minute prayer slot on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November, sometime between 7am and 9pm, to create a wave of prayer throughout the two days.
We would love you to be part of this initiative. It’s so easy to be involved, and you can do it from the comfort and safety of your own home. Ideas and resources for prayer are listed below. You can pray as an individual. Or you can pray as a family and get the children involved.
What you need to do…
- To participate in the scheme. all you need to do is to sign up to a 30 minute prayer slot via the Lockdown Prayer Doodle poll. Click on this link to take you to the poll, then click on the + Participant button. Type in your name, select your preferred prayer slot (scroll right to see every available slot), then press the green ‘Send’ button underneath. It’s that easy! You can sign up for as many slots as you like – it’s absolutely fine to do more than one. And it’s no problem at all if the same slot is taken by more than one person.
If your prayer slot happens to coincide with the church opening times for private prayer on the Wednesday morning (11am to 12.30pm) you are very welcome to pray in the church building.
- As a sign of Christian solidarity in these challenging times you are also invited to light a candle at 6 pm on both days and place it in your window. Let’s flood our town with the light of our Christian faith, affirming that God is in control even in these darkest of times.
If you know of someone who would like to participate but does not have a computer please do ask them to contact the office (853227) so we can add them to the poll. You could also invite other Christian friends and neighbours to participate – the more the merrier! Let’s see how many slots we can fill.
The Church of England has issued some prayer resources which you can find by clicking here (prayers for the nation) and here (personal prayers) . Other prayer points which you might find helpful are listed below (you may well think of more):
- The sick (Covid and others), both at home and in hospital; those whose planned hospital treatment has been delayed because of Covid; all NHS staff, medical teams, ambulance crews and health workers.
- The isolated, vulnerable, elderly and infirm; those in care homes (residents and staff); those who are shielding and their carers.
- The bereaved; those who have not been able to say goodbye to a loved one; the current restrictions for funeral services; those unable to receive face to face bereavement support when they need it most.
- Schools, colleges, universities; pupils facing massive disruption to their normal schedules; those suffering anxiety about exam results; staff as they try to minimise the effects of Covid on children’s education.
- Those suffering from anxiety, stress and mental health issues; those facing financial and economic hardship as a result of redundancy, furloughing, business collapse; those who rely on foodbanks and food clubs to feed their families; voluntary organisations providing practical community assistance; counselling and welfare services.
- Those in authority making decisions that affect us all; the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer dealing with Brexit as well as the pandemic; the government and MPs; Nailsea town council.
- Holy Trinity church; the staff team, wardens, PCC, online service production team, office; those who have been furloughed; the church membership; other Christians locally and nationally.
- Praise and thanksgiving that our God is sovereign over all things, is with us in this time of crisis, and holds each one of us in the palm of his hand.