Prayer is a vital part of our life as a church. We believe that God delights to hear and answer prayer and that it is a crucial part of everything we do.

Prayer meetings

Described as the “engine room” of the church, our monthly prayer meetings are the primary place where we gather as God’s people to pray for our world, community, and church. These occur directly after the Sunday morning service at 11:30 am in the church hall on the second Sunday of each month. They are open to anyone, and we encourage everyone to come along. Please connect via zoom for those who can’t be there in person. We pray for different areas and topics each month, and there are always activities for children so that families can get involved, too.

Prayer chain

To keep us praying for one another as a church family, we send an email out weekly with requests for personal prayer from congregation members. If you would like to request to be on the prayer chain for any given week or to receive the weekly email if you don’t already, then please contact the office who will be in touch (you will also need to have completed a church GDPR form). Due to the personal nature of the requests, the prayer chain is not made publicly available, and we would not grant permission to receive it from someone not known to us.

Other opportunities to pray

Prayer themes

Subscribe to daily prayer suggestions from St John’s in the prayermate app

Prayer Calendar

Receive daily prayer prompts right in your calendar: please get in touch with the office for more details. Prayer during our services: All our services include a time of corporate prayer that is led by a member of the church.

Prayer after the service

This opportunity to be prayed for by a member of our prayer team is currently on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic but will resume in due course.

Would you like us to pray for you?

Please feel free to submit a request to be shared in confidence with members of our leadership team who will be praying for you.

Submit Prayer Request please get in touch with the office for more details.

Prayer Calendar

Friday, 31 Mar 23

This morning we hold up the Glebe Café in our prayers as it seeks to offer a warm, comfortable, welcoming, safe space for everyone in the community between 9 am and noon. We thank you for the time and energy the organisers give towards running this project and all those running similar ventures, like the Community Fridges or Foodbanks, which provide lifelines for the needy in the community here and across the country. As schools break up for the Easter holidays today, let this be a time of rest and rejuvenation for pupils and teachers alike. We pray that those facing public examinations in the forthcoming term may use the time wisely but pace themselves sensibly. This evening Lord, please bless the youth groups meeting at St John's and those that run them.

Saturday, 01 Apr 23

As a new month arrives, we thank you, Lord, for the seasons and all they teach us about creation. Let us not be foolish but respect the things of the world and afford our fellow humans the right to coexist in harmony with all, both on these shores and beyond.

Sunday, 02 Apr 23

Dear Lord: So much of our lives don't make sense. This Palm Sunday, let us embrace the unexpected entrance of our Saviour, Jesus. He is Peace. Let us apply this incredible truth to our lives. Peace mattered to Jesus. He came to bring us Peace. He is Peace. Father, how quickly we forget the Peace we possess in Christ! Remind us, minute by minute, as we navigate difficult days and trying times. Father, we need Peace to live fully, as Jesus died for us to live.

Monday, 03 Apr 23

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Matthew 21:10\nDear Lord: May your presence stir our hearts today as you stirred the people in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. Reveal yourself afresh to us today.

Tuesday, 04 Apr 23

Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25\nDear Lord, there is much in this world to love. We thank you for all the good things you have given us and ask you to help us not to take the things we have for granted and not to hold on too tightly but with thankful hearts to be ever seeking you.

Wednesday, 05 Apr 23

And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. Luke 22:4\nDear Lord: Reveal to us those times when we, as Judas did, have betrayed you, choosing to put other things before you. Give us the courage to confess our crimes, turn away from our old ways and make a new life with you.

Thursday, 06 Apr 23

Maundy Thursday\nA new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34\nDear Lord: Forgive us for those times when we have not loved one another. Open our eyes to each other’s needs.