Prayer at The Crossing
Prayer is an essential part of our Christian walk with God and an important way in which we develop our spiritual life. Prayer is an integral part of Christian living and that’s reflected in the life of our Church.
Each weekday, at 10.15am we hold a short time of prayer which is open to all. This is a quite informal time of fellowship, it lasts about 10-15mins, and is led by members of the Congregation. During the prayer time a Bible reading is used and prayers for others are brought. Do feel free to join in anytime you are available. Usually in the Sanctuary, but occasinally in another room if we have an event on.
Requests for Prayer:
If you call in at The Crossing you can make requests for prayer by writing in our Prayer Request book. Just ask for it at the Welcome Desk, or also on the Welcome Desk, are Prayer Request Cards which can be deposited in the perspex Prayer Box. For those are completing a Welcome Card, there's space for prayer requests there as well. You can of course contact us for prayer matters directly.
Our Prayer Chain:
The Church has a Prayer Chain, a group of people dedicated to praying for situations as requested. Our Church is also part of the ‘24/7 Prayer Movement’ having special weeks when we pray at the Church round the clock. Contact us if have requests for prayer that you would like our Prayer Chain to pray for. Participation in the Prayer Chain is open to all members of the Church.
A group aimed at deepening our relationship with God through meditative prayer, using the Lectio Divina "Spiritual reading" of the scriptures. Usually meets Monday evenings, 6.30pm.
This prayer practice has been used for centuries by Benedictine and Trappist monks and nuns. The four steps of lectio divina tie together Scripture reading, prayer, visualization and contemplation. Usually a very short passage is used; a sentence at most, and sometimes just a word or two are focused on. The four steps are:
Reading (lectio)—slowly until you reach a verse, or perhaps even just a word that speaks to you.
Praying (oratio)—repeating it prayerfully, slowing, invoking God's help and presence in "entering in."
Meditation (meditatio)—This can be many different things, from "slow prayer" to visualization. If the passage is a scene from the Gospels, for instance, you might picture yourself talking with Christ or other figures in the scene. If the passage is a simple word, slow prayer and merging with the word might be your meditatio.
Contemplation (contemplatio)—resting quietly and lovingly in God.