Prayer course - starting April 2020
I do hope that you are all keeping safe and well. During this troubling time we cannot meet together physically but we can meet online and share our thoughts and concerns.
Before the virus outbreak our Wednesday night group was going to meet in church and go through the Prayer Course run by Pete Grieg. Obviously this cannot now happen in church, however the videos are available on-line free of charge. So the plan is we watch the video independently and then meet on-line to discuss the questions they pose.
So our first on-line meeting will be at 7.30 on Wednesday 15th April (the Wednesday after Easter). Meanwhile please copy and paste this URL into your search engine: https://prayercourse.org/sessions/ It will take you to the video of the sessions.
In your own time please watch the 1st video and we will discuss it on Wednesday evening.
I will send the Zoom link separately in another email. If you do not wish to be included in the zoom discussion please email me and I will not include you in the invite.
The questions we will be discussing are:-
Q. What did you find most helpful or most challenging in the video?
Q. What do you find difficult about prayer? What do you find easy? Why do you think prayer can often feel hard?
Pete says the best piece of advice is to “Keep it simple, keep it real and keep it up.”
Keep it simple: “your prayer life is at its best at its simplest”
Q. What do you mostly talk to God about?
Keep it real: “Don’t role-play before God”
Q. Do you feel like you have to act a certain way before God when you pray? Why or why not?
Keep it up: “Don’t give up praying too soon”
Q. Do you find it challenging to persevere in prayer? How can we be encouraged to keep going?
Below are the titles of the 8 week series.
The Prayer Course is split into eight sessions:
1 - Why Pray?
2 - Adoration
3 - Petition
4 - Intercession
5 - Unanswered Prayer
6 - Contemplation
7 - Listening
8 - Spiritual Warfare
The Monday Prayer Group
Place: Ambleside Parish Centre
All are welcome at the prayer group meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
Prayers are offered for the world, the church, the local community and for those who are sick or bereaved.
There are a number of different groups who meet locally.
Church Discussion Group
We meet at the The Vicarage on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month outside Lent.
We concentrate on a bible passage and the sessions are quite informal. We include a time of prayer and social catch up with tea/coffee etc
Thursday night Supper group
Place: each other's homes
This group enjoy a shared meal followed by a discussion on a topical subject or text. 'We make the road by Walking' by Brian McLaren was recently studied.
The group is as large as it can be at the moment. If you are interested in 'cloning' this format telephone 015394 33205.
Approximately twice a year
This group is organised by Rev Nick Hallam. Invited speakers debate a topical issue and receive questions from the audience.
Just come along. Look out for when.
Men's Discussion Group
Meets the last Tuesday in the month at the Salutation Hotel
The group share a meal together (pay for your own approx £10) and take part in a discussion introduced by a group member. Recent topics have included 'Help I am turning into my dad'
Contact Graham Sutton on 015394 34056 if interested in joining this group.
Bereavement Support Group
The Bereavement Support Group meetings are friendly and informal; there is no fixed agenda or formal structure. Those who have come along agree that they find it helpful to share experiences and problems and help support each other. We offer an open invitation to anyone interested in coming along.
2:30pm - 4:00pm
First Thursday of every month
Wesley Room - Ambleside Parish Centre
Come and enjoy the Autumn series of talks/discussions entitled ' When Love comes to Ambleside' about what happens when we follow Jesus and let his love flow. Each session will be individual as they will be led by different members of our community.
We will enjoy a drink and a piece of cake during the evening.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month outside Lent
At St Mary's Church, Ambleside