Coordinator: Mrs Coral Pheasant 03 5744 3247
The parish has about a dozen people who operate a ministry of prayer through a prayer chain. The Prayer Chain ministry is a confidential one. Those on the chain are instructed not to put their own slant on the prayer request and to respect confidentiality at all times. Note also that this ministry is for emergency situations where immediate prayer is required for sudden, serious situations.
Requests to the Prayer Chain should be made through the Prayer Chain Coordinator or the Rector,
Summary of Ministry Offered
Tuesday: 11.00am in the Chapel. This is a time of prayer within a short service.
Sunday: Prayer is available in the chapel during or after the Eucharist. This is conducted by members of the ‘Philos’ ministry team.
The Rector is available for prayers and anointing as required. Please contact him directly.
During his life on earth, Jesus loved people into health. It continues to be God’s desire that we live in total health. Health is the absence of dis-ease. Sometimes true health is not a well body but internal peace.
The ‘Anointing of the Sick’ is the ultimate healing sacrament, available whenever our health is impaired. God is always with us in our illness loving us into health of mind, body and soul. Jesus proclaimed this with his witness. Through this sacrament the sick person is strengthened and encouraged to face their life at peace.
This sacrament is usually administered when family and friends gather to pray for the sick person, to lay hands on them for strength and peace. The oil of the sacrament is administered to remind us of the prayers of the whole church for wholeness of the individual.
The church is open most week days from 9.00am to 5.00pm. This provides a venue and an opportunity for quiet prayer and meditation. The Rector can be seen for prayer by prior arrangement.
Combined with the open church policy, there is the opportunity to use the ‘Stations of the Cross’ as a personal meditation. Guide books for this purpose are found inside the front door of the church. By walking the journey to the cross we are often able to get our own feelings into some sort of perspective and meaning.
Visitation and Practical
Some members of the Pastoral Team undertake home and nursing home visitation. The Eucharist can be provided in both venues if desired. We also try to monitor situations within our local community and within our church community where practical help may be required.
If help is required this should be made known to the Rector or a member of the Pastoral Team.
Prayers for you
A Prayer to ask the protection of God
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
A Prayer of Seeking for God
To be there before you Lord, that’s all. To shut the eyes of my body; To shut the eyes of my soul And be still and silent. To expose myself to you who are there, exposed to me. To be there before you, the Eternal Presence. (Michel Quoist)
When we need to trust God
Lord;- Help me to live this day,
To lean upon thy great strength
To wait for the unfolding of thy will,
To meet others
To face tomorrow