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

Sunday, 22 May 22

Dear Lord I am ready to follow you courageously today but give me the strength I need to do it. Help me not to forget you nor turn from your ways, but that all I do would be done by your power and for your glory. We ask for the online groups and services this weekend to be helpful for people as you build faith, build your church and reach out to others, Amen.

Monday, 23 May 22

We pray for students who have started their GCSEs last week, that they will feel calm and be able to produce their best performance after the disruption to their studies caused by the pandemic.

Tuesday, 24 May 22

We pray for the future of Ukraine, that peace will soon come to their devastated country and they will be able to rebuild their lives, and for a safe future for Sweden and Finland as they seek to join Nato.

Wednesday, 25 May 22

We pray for our church and for the church worldwide, for the spread of the faith and for those working to achieve this. Thinking of our mission partners the Bertins and the Azikus as they face tough challenges in their lives and work.

Thursday, 26 May 22

We pray for those among us growing old and adapting to new limitations in their daily activities, comfort those suffering bereavement and loneliness.

Friday, 27 May 22

We pray for people living in poverty and for the work of Crawley Open House, The Foodbank in East Grinstead and across the country and Welcare, wives living in fear, and the work of the Marylebone Project.

Saturday, 28 May 22

As travel abroad becomes possible again, we pray for safety on land, sea and air and for minimal disruption due to constantly changing rules for entry to different countries.