Prayer and Contemplation at St Andrew’s
St Andrew’s is open every day for private prayer and contemplation. You are welcome to come in and sit in silence in the main body of the Church, in the Chapel or the Quiet Room.
In the Chapel you will find a prayer board where you can write a card requesting prayers for an individual or situation on your heart. We’ll use these prayers at our Evening Prayer services in the week and keep the card on the board for a month.
There is also a candle stand in the chapel and you are welcome to light a candle to represent any prayer you would like to make, silently or our loud. These votive candles represent our desire to bring our concerns to God.
In the Church Centre foyer, there is prayer tree. Here you can place one of the pieces of coloured wool on the tree as a visual representation of a prayer that you have made.
You are welcome to join us for Morning Prayer (8.30am) or Evening Prayer (5.00pm) in the week, said either in the Quiet Room or the Chapel. This lasts about 20 minutes or more and includes reading of passages from the Old and New Testaments and prayers led by the leader.
Every Friday at 12noon, a weekly ecumenical Meditation Group meets in the Quiet Room. These are run in accordance with the World Council of Christian Meditation (WCCM) and each session lasts for 30 minutes beginning with a short introduction followed by a 20 minute period of silent mediation. Anyone who values silent meditation is welcome to attend.
O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray you, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Church of England website has some helpful suggestions on prayer. Please click here for the link.