FRIDAY 28TH – SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
HINCKLEY METHODIST CIRCUIT DAY OF PRAYER
UK CHURCHES NATIONAL PRAYER WEEKEND
What is the aim of these Prayer Times?
In 2017 the Methodist Conference recognised the challenges and changes facing every community in these islands and the urgent call of God on the Methodist people to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and action. The Conference therefore called on every local church to launch the new Methodist year (starting on September 1st) with a day of prayer and fasting.
The National Prayer Weekend is an opportunity for Christians to show God’s love to those around them in a real and tangible way, as churches and communities unite in prayer for their local area. Since 2015 thousands of Christians all over the world from loads of different Church denominations have used the National Prayer Weekend to join together in prayer for their local communities.
Why hold a Weekend of Prayer at the end of September?
Last year our Circuit, and some others, did not get together for this until January. The Circuit Leadership Team decided this year to hold two events: a Day of Prayer (but not fasting) in September; and a Day of Prayer and Fasting near the start of Lent, e.g. in 2019: Friday March 8th. We also decided to move the September Day of Prayer to be at the end of September to coincide with the National Prayer Weekend.
What is going to happen?
Friday 28th September:
Every Church in the Circuit: is invited to be open for one hour (at any hour of your choosing) for anyone in your Church family, or other local Churches, or your wider community, to come and spend time with God.
9am-9pm Prayer Hub at Earl Shilton Methodist Church
Earl Shilton Methodist Church will be open for anyone in the Circuit, Church, and town to pray. There will be various prayer stations each providing space for people to focus on praying for a different aspect of individual / family / community / church life today. Every Church is invited to send someone to pray at Earl Shilton Methodist Church for the one of the hours.
Saturday 29th September It may be, like last year, that some of the other Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, etc. Churches near you will be planning to be open at certain times for anyone to pray. If so, why not join in?
Sunday 30th September:
Main Morning Services These will be held as usual in each local Church in the Circuit. Local Church leaders and Preachers might decide to focus on prayer, or spend more time on prayer, or focus on the aims of the prayer initiatives.
6pm Circuit Service at Stoke Golding Everyone in the Circuit is invited to come to this quarter’s Circuit which will follow the themes of the Prayer Weekend.
What we would like you do?
● Please pray about all this, and ask others to!
Friday 28th hour of prayer at your Church
● Please decide when you will open your Church for an hour for prayer.
● Please put what you are doing on the Circuit website by letting your Church Webmaster and Chris Bacon know by Sunday 16th September.
● Please decide how you want to run your Church’s hour of prayer. It could be very simple, e.g.: a sign outside inviting folk in; a church open for people to pray; music playing in the background; have helpful resources available such as bibles, hymn books, books of prayers, church and community notice sheets, local and national newspapers, paper and pens, etc.. For more ideas please see: www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/a-day-of-prayer-and-fasting or www.national-prayer-weekend.com
● Please let everyone in your Church family know!
Friday 28th 9am-9pm Prayer Hub at Earl Shilton Methodist Church
● Please tell Chris Bacon by Sunday 16th September which hour of prayer your Church will be sending someone over to Earl Shilton Methodist Church to pray.
Saturday 29th National Prayer Weekend Events
● Please tell your local Churches what you are planning on the Friday.
● Please ask your local Churches if they are planning any prayer times on the Saturday, or other times over the weekend.
● Please let your Church family know of them!
Sunday 30th Main Morning Service
● Please liaise with those leading your worship about any way the weekend may shape the service.
Sunday 30th 6pm Circuit Service at Stoke Golding
● Please tell everyone about this and arrange lifts!