Following on from our month of prayer in February we're going to try something different for prayer meetings for the rest of 2016. Rather than the pattern we've had for several decades of a midweek prayer meeting for the whole church, we're going to try having separate monthly Sunday evening prayer meetings for each of our sites. That will mean Sunday evening prayer meetings in Bracknell, Sandhurst and Windsor/Maidenhead where we'll encourage everyone who considers themselves to be part of that site to go along and seek God. These will usually be on the first Sunday every month, starting on Sunday 3rd April.
Each of the prayer meetings will be lead by the site pastors for that site. That means Heather and Ben Pocock in Sandhurst; Catrina Benham, Liam Parker and me in Bracknell and Leon Johnson with support from me in Windsor.
In each of the meetings we'll have a mixture of prayer and worship. I'm increasingly understanding the importance of worship as an expression of prayer, and that our prayer is meant to flow out of our worship of God. If you're not sure about that then just take a look at the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, which begins like this:
“‘This, then, is how you should pray: ‘ “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” (Matthew 6:9 NIVUK)
That sounds a lot like praise to me!
The one downside in all this is that those who normally attend the evening meeting in Bracknell will once a month get a prayer meeting rather the preach for that day. We'll encourage everyone missing out this way to either come to one of our morning gatherings that week, or if they can't do that listen to the podcast.
One extra thing! We're also making the next two Sunday evenings in Bracknell evenings of prayer and praise too. Sola Osinoiki will be leading the 13th March and on the 20th March Sean Green, who planted Reading Family Church out of Kerith, will be coming to lead us and bringing with him some of his prophetic team which should be very exciting.
Ps - please be praying for our youth as they take over the Hexagon in Reading on Saturday for a day gathering young people from Berkshire and beyond.