St Edmund's Church, Taverham
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Prayer at St Edmund's

'Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.' Philippians 4:6

Talking and listening to God is fundamental to our life at St Edmund’s and all we seek to do in the name of Jesus. As well as encouraging each other in our own personal prayer life each week we have opportunities to meet with others to pray.

Please contact Rev. Paul Seabrook (01603 868217) if you would like further details of any of these groups and activities:

Weekly prayer meeting
At 5pm on Monday each week our prayer group meets to pray for the current prayer needs of the parish of Taverham.

Evening prayer
At 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week Evening Prayer is said in the Church. This short, simple service is an opportunity for reflection on the day with prayers and Bible readings.    

Weekly prayer diary in the notice sheet
We have a weekly prayer diary in the notice sheet. This is to co-ordinate and encourage our own prayers for the parish and beyond.

Prayer days at the start of Lent and Advent
At certain times of the year we hold special prayer activities. At the beginning of Lent and Advent we set time aside for either a lead Quiet Morning with Bible readings and reflections, or with the church open all day for prayer and space for quiet.

On Maundy Thursday there is a whole night of prayer in the church as we remember Jesus’ time of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and reflect on the events of Holy Week and Easter.

Prayer and fasting during the week leading into Harvest
We have a 24 hour period of prayer and fasting in the week leading into Harvest, when members of the church commit themselves to miss meals and pray for the work of Jesus in our community.

The Julian group
A group that meets for quiet contemplation on the 4th Sunday of each month at 6.30pm in church for half an hour. Visit the national Julian website

The Lydia Fellowship
The Lydia fellowship of prayer is a group for women to use the bible and wait on God together. It is an opportunity to seek God’s leading on how and what to pray for.

Prayer zones during schools’ visits
Our outreach to schools and children’s uniformed organisations is a high priority, and we are able to use the church building as an aid to encouraging youngsters to think and talk about who Jesus is and to pray.

During their visits to the building the children are given opportunities to explore prayer in creative and multi-sensory ways. Examples have included ‘thank-you’ prayers with stones and a water fountain, ‘sorry’ prayers involving notes stuck on a wooden cross, ‘please’ prayers using candles on a large world map, and prayers with paper leaves, string, balloons, sand, broken pottery and bubbles.

Prayer visiting
The ministry team are always happy to pray with people at any time. This is a vital part of the work of the team. Please let us know if you would like someone to pray

'Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am with them.'
Matthew 18:20