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The churches of Beech Hill, Shinfield, Spencers Wood & Swallowfield serving the community
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The churches of  Beech Hill,  Shinfield,  Spencers Wood  &  Swallowfield serving the community
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The churches of
Beech Hill,
Shinfield,
Spencers Wood
& Swallowfield

serving the community

PrayerPrayer

Just as communication is important in any relationship, prayer is a central ingredient of our relationship with God.

But how to do it?

Primarily prayer is like any good conversation where there’s a time to speak and a time to listen. Sometimes we forget that dialogue is preferable, more constructive and helpful in understanding than monotonous monologue can ever be.

It is said that seven days without prayer makes one weak!

So don’t worry about it – just have a go! Here are some links to various resources and online prayer sites that may be helpful:

 A Prayer for Grenfell Tower (based on a prayer of the Bishop of Huntingdon)

God Almighty,
hear our prayer for those
who have agonised and died
suffered and been scarred
are bewildered and bereaved
at Grenfell Tower.
We give thanks for our emergency services
and all in the community offering care and support.
We pray that new homes will be quickly found for those affected,
and that your healing Spirit will be with them in the days, weeks and months ahead,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Prayer for Finsbury Park Mosque

Almighty God,
We pray for the dead and injured after the terrorist attack
on those leaving Finsbury Park Mosque.
We give thanks for the courage of members of the Muslim Community, and for the prompt action of the Met Police.
We pray for healing, peace and understanding, and we pray for calm.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

An interfaith prayer for understanding and tolerance at the commencement of BREXIT negotiations.
Five faith representatives (Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian) have prepared a bespoke prayer designed to work across their faiths in an effort to reassure communities as we move forward with Brexit. As we begin the Brexit process, the five representatives are encouraging their communities to love, rather than fear, the differences we find in our country.
Led by Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the group are urging “all communities to come together in solidarity to continue working towards a society of peace and tolerance.”

• Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism
• Bishop Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton
• Imam Qari Asim MBE, Leeds Makkah Mosque
• Gurinder Singh Josan, National Executive Member of Sikh Council UK
• Cllr Dhruv Patel, Founder & Director of the City Hindus Network
The Prayer
“We are a nation proud of our diversity and strong values of inclusion, acceptance and tolerance. Let these values flourish as we embark upon the next stage of our journey together. Let us turn towards each other and not away from each other in times of difficulty. Let our values and our diversity continue to be a beacon of light in the post-Brexit world.
As our great nation embarks upon a new journey outside of the European Union and begins to take its first steps towards a new future, help us to continue to build a strong, inclusive and compassionate society.

Instill in our hearts a deep love, respect and understanding of each other, irrespective of our backgrounds, so that we may be in the strongest position to move forward into the next chapter in its history.

At this time of difficult negotiations and decision-making for our leaders, give strength and wisdom to the authorities so that they take the steps necessary to benefit our nation.
Eternal God, we pray that You enable all communities to come together in solidarity to continue working towards a society of peace and tolerance.”

A prayer for the victims of the bombing in Manchester
Almighty God,
We pray for the people of Manchester.
For all those affected by the brutal bombing; For those who have died, and for those who are injured.
We pray for families who are searching for loved ones.
We give thanks for the emergency services, for doctors and nurses, paramedics, police, fire brigade, and members of the public who freely offer any kind of help.
God of compassion and love; God of peace, a peace that the world cannot give, be a comfort to the people of Manchester in this time of distress, may they know your loving presence.
Amen

 

Prayer Request SOS

Let us know if you would like us to keep someone in our prayers. Please contact any of the ministers (see contact details) or send an email to the Benefice office where Karen (our administration officer) will contact the relevant minister in complete confidentiality:

In happy moments, praise God
In difficult moments, seek God
In quiet moments, worship God
In painful moments, trust God
In every moment, thank God. 

Exploring Christianity

There are many ways to explore Christianity, but perhaps the best way is to simply come along to church. Here you will find a group of people who haven’t got all the answers, but are seeking after God and discovering together the joys and challenges of the journey of life and faith.

Study groups can also be helpful and we hold these regularly in the Benefice. We will advertise the next course in ‘Activities & Events’ page and also on the Benefice Calendar, so please do feel welcome to join us.

The following links to other websites provide information about the Christian faith:

At Loddon Reach Benefice we are exploring Christianity with the help of the Pilgrim Course:

pilgrimcourse

What is Pilgrim?

Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.

Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.

The dates of the next course will be advertised on our ‘Activities & Events’ page and also on the Benefice Calendar.

Beech Hill Bible study group

On Thursday mornings there is a Bible study group in the village – please contact Penelope Carter, tel 0118 988 3714 for more information.

St Michael's Library

A Christian library is available upstairs in the gallery for your use.