Throughout the month of November, Christians will be encouraged to pray daily for a specific area of national concern, wherever they are, culminating in a collective moment of prayer at 6pm each evening, with cathedrals and churches across the country invited to ring a bell at this time.
Christians will be encouraged to follow a simple seven-day prayer cycle, praying for a specific area each day including the NHS and frontline workers, the bereaved, and those struggling with physical and mental ill-health, and for children and young people.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable. And we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless.
“Is there anything else we can do? Really do?
“Yes. Yes there is. We can pray. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love.
It is a gift that God gives to all – whether you are a regular pray-er or not – bring your cares and the cares of the nation to God. For God loves and hears and holds. Prayer changes things.”
As part of this month of prayer, the Reepham and Wensum Valley Team will be having regular prayer services on Zoom. We will be having Celtic Morning Prayer at 8am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; Celtic Evening prayer at 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Wednesdays we will have Midday prayer 12noon and Compline at 8.45pm. All prayer services offer a chance to come together in prayer and a space to converse with God.
If you are unable to join us on Zoom, you can still pray daily with resources from the Church of England’s as they invite us to join in Prayer for the Nation.
Further resources from the CofE website include Personal Prayers by Bev Mason, Bishop of Warrington and a guide on fasting from 24-7 Prayer International.
Wherever you are and however you choose to pray we wish you a prayerful month.