Praying

Everything we do is grounded in prayer -- recognising that the God who made us and loves us is intimately concerned with the practical realities of our day to day life. Prayer looks different for many people -- why not come and try out a few ways and see what works for you?
We started 2023 revisiting our values of “praying, exploring, sharing” with a hands on prayer-focused gathering. Picking up on the insights of Michael Ramsey, we spent most of the afternoon simply BEING WITH GOD. Perhaps in the quiet chapel space, or while walking the labyrinth, or bringing our anger, our tears, or our guilt. We noticed how and where we spent the bulk of our week, and re-commissioned each other back into those places to BE WITH GOD, with those around us on our hearts.

Gathering to Pray with and for Northstowe

We love praying together! For the last term, on a Thursday morning just after school drop off, a group of Christians from all over Northstowe have gathered for half an hour to pray together using Lectio 365 - with added space to pray for Northstowe

This term, with work patterns changing, that time slot no longer works. To help us find new possibilities, we’re offering a range of one-off slots. Why not pop down to one if you are free? Or perhaps use that time-slot to join in from wherever you are, using the Lectio 365 app.

Most sessions will be in the warm and dry at either Beth’s or Stephens… but on Monday 23rd  Jan (weather permitting), we’ll be out for a toddler friends scavenger hunt prayer walk instead. Interested? Contact us for more!

Do you ever just need some space?


Once a month we gather - ofen at Revd Beth or Revd Stephen's homes, sometimes around a campfire (weather permitting), for tens min of contemporary wisdom (perhaps a video, or poetry, or guided meditation); ten mins of silence; and then we share in the ancient poetic "service of Completion" - Compline. Message us to confirm the venue.

Download the Church of England's Daily Prayer app to get the words to Night Prayer back-lit on your phone, or visit the website: Join us in a service of Daily Prayer | The Church of England

Get a taste from home...

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Get a taste of what happens at Chicken Soup for the soul with this recording of April's Session - Here's the opening reflection
. PRAYER PRACTICE – CENTERING PRAYER
‘Choose a sacred word as a symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within – e.g. Lord, Jesus, Father, Kyrie, Abba, Love, Peace, Mercy. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word. When you become aware of thoughts, return ever so gently to the sacred word. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.’ [adapted from Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer, Crossroad Publishing, 1996].
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After our initial reflections, we share in ten minutes of silence...
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And conclude with the ancient monastic poetry of the service of Completion known as Compline or Night Prayer

An ongoing Prayer Adventure with Lectio 365

Through the summer, several us found the Lectio 365 Prayer App really helpful. We didn't all do it everyday. (It doesn't nag you if you miss one, either!). Some of us used the morning prayer resources. Some the evening. Some both...

However we did it, we found it so helpful we decided to rerun the Adventure this term too

Why not join us?


Like last time, some of us will just get on with it by ourselves. Some of us, however, want a stronger sense of sense of connection. So we've set up an optional  Whatspp group to encourage each other. Why not post a picture of where you are praying? Or comment on a line that speaks to you
But we know whatsapp isn't really the best place for a deep conversation. So  we're ensuring there is space , when we meet in person, to talk more.

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