2023 Year of Prayer

Bishop Richard Jackson, the Bishop of Herefordshire, has called us to all join him in a ‘Year of Prayer’. Bishop Richard encourages us that, “through prayerful engagement across many communities, villages and market towns, lives will be transformed and that more people will come to know more about Jesus Christ”.

We know that Jesus Christ himself encouraged all those who followed him to pray … so this is an opportunity for all of us to let our hearts be stirred and to explore ways that we might learn to pray throughout the year.

To help you, we have produced a short leaflet which is packed full of different ways you might want to think about praying in 2023. The leaflet isn’t exhaustive and it might set you exploring different ways that might work for you. In addition, Bishop Richard has produced some seasonal cards that you might want to print and use throughout the year.

In addition to personal prayer, we will be looking at different ways that we can be praying throughout the year together. These will include:

* Prayers said during our Sunday services.
* Our Ladies Prayer Group.
* Our monthly Taizé services.
* Our five week Lent Lunch course.
* Compline during Holy Week.
* Going on a quiet day retreat.

And other ways that we will announce as the year goes on …

It is worth remembering, Jesus Christ didn’t way ‘if’ you want to pray. He encouraged us all by saying ‘when you pray‘. Hopefully 2023 will give us time to learn more about prayer and to encourage each other in helpful ways.