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Prayer

The Church of England website helpfully offers an introduction to daily prayer, and morning and evening prayer services are uploaded for each day.

Alternatively, why not download pray-as-you- go daily prayer resources to your MP3 player or phone, and listen to them on your way to work?

A regular pattern of daily prayer – even if the prayers are quite brief – enables us to meet life’s challenges with a stronger faith in God’s loving care. Even so, we all experience times of anguish and crisis, and it can be encouraging to pray with others, or to know that others are praying for us.

Names placed on the prayer boards at the two churches are read out at the 9.45 am and 11.30 am services for one month, and then may be renewed.

The clergy are happy to pray with you at church, to visit you at home or hospital or to bring you holy communion.

When we are ill or distressed, it can be helpful to have hands prayerfully placed on our head or shoulders. It can also be helpful for a priest to anoint us with holy oil. Anointing the sick (or those in distress) is one of the seven sacraments of the church. The Sacrament of Healing is available during communion on the last Sunday of every month, except August and December, and when this Sunday falls on Palm Sunday or Easter Day. After receiving communion, if we wish to receive this ministry, we are invited to move to the designated place in each church. There will be usually two people there, a lay person and a priest, as we will normally receive the sacrament of healing in two parts:

  • The laying on of hands with prayer
  • The anointing with oil

These are just a few ways of praying for health and wholeness. If you would like to experience the church’s ministry of prayer, please contact the clergy at the Parish Office on 020 7221 3548.

If there is any other way in which we might be able to give you pastoral support, please let us know.

News

  • Holy Week and Easter services

    March 23rd, 2017

      The theme of baptism runs through this year’s Holy Week and Easter services. In addition to the services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day – see the right hand column on the home page – there are services from Monday to Wednesday, as follows Monday 10 April: 1.00 pm Eucharist […]

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  • Annual Meeting 2017

    March 22nd, 2017

      Please come along to this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting: 11.00 am on Sunday 2 April at St James. Prior to the meeting we will elect churchwardens, and in the meeting itself Parochial Church Council members and Deanery Synod representatives. The Annual Report for 2016 will be presented, as together we will review the […]

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  • Lent Appeal 2017

    January 24th, 2017

      Our Lent Appeal this year has been arranged in conjunction with Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN): www.icin.org.uk. This wonderful charity – which has very low overheads – supports Iraqi Christians who are suffering, displaced, destitute and persecuted.  ICIN has identified for us a self-contained project which supports refugee children in Amman, Jordan – where […]

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  • Lent discussion group on Wednesdays from 11.00 am to 12 noon

      All are very welcome to join our Lent discussion group: The York Course – ‘Receiving Christ’ – is at 11.00 am at St James from 8 March to 5 April, straight after the Wednesday Eucharist.    

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  • Lent course on Thursday evenings

      Why not come to an ecumenical Lent course on Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths? The course is presented by a variety of speakers from three churches. Each session begins at 7.30 pm. Thursday 9 March: St James Norlands Thursday 16 March: St James Norlands Thursday 23 March: United Reformed Church, Allen […]

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  • David Suchet reads the Gospel of Mark

      There will be a parish outing to St Paul’s Cathedral to hear David Suchet read the entire Gospel of Mark: from 6.30 to 8.30 pm on Tuesday 28 March. If you would like to come, please let the clergy or office know by 1 March, and we will book you a free ticket. We […]

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