The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called on the church to
pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before Pentecost (Friday 6 to Saturday 14 May).
This is the great Christian festival recalling how the Holy Spirit descended on the 12 Disciples in flames of fire.
We are praying for all Christians to:
- deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
- have confidence in sharing the Gospel
- respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s kingdom from day to day.
Chat with us about prayer. You can ask a member of the team to “Say one for me” using specially-designed prayer cards.
Here’s what’s happening in Romsey.
Prayer talk, 9 – 10am daily
Come and talk about prayer over a coffee upstairs in Caffè Nero, and look at resources that may be helpful.
Prayer on the street, 10.30 – 11.30am daily
Prayer for the community, 12.00 – 12.30pm
A simple service during which prayers asked by you will be offered in the Abbey.
Evening Prayer, 5.30 – 6.00pm
Join us as we pray for evangelism in the Deanery (Romsey and nearby village parishes). Our prayers will be guided by requests provided by all Churches in the Romsey Deanery. What God is doing in the parish during these nine days of prayer will be shared and prayed for, too.
You can also email prayer requests to us using the form below.
As a focal point for the nine days of prayer, every prayer during the nine days of prayer (or ‘Novena’) will be represented by a ribbon which will be added to an altar frontal, making a fantastic image of fire in time for Pentecost Sunday (15th May). Everyone worshipping, attending groups or visiting the Abbey will be invited to write a prayer and tie a ribbon on the frontal.
Our Curate, the Revd David Potterton, is leading this initative here in Romsey. He asks, ‘If you can manage it, please ‘Say One for Me’ as I move this initiative forward and seek to encourage all churches in the Deanery to encourage prayer and evangelism in their own parishes. I am looking forward to praying with you for our parish during this Novena of Prayer and working with you as we take the opportunity to highlight our ministry of prayer to and for the parish.’
Local initiatives in the Diocese will conclude with Thy Kingdom Come, an informal evening of prayer and worship at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday, 15 May 2016, from 7 to 9pm. It will be led by the Bishop of Basingstoke and features Matt Redman (sung worship), and Carla Harding from 24-7 Prayer.
• If you would like to be involved in this project in any way, please email David or phone him on 07468 527820. He would be delighted to chat with you over a coffee and lemon drizzle cake, if that would help! More information for volunteers is in May’s edition of Open Door, our parish magazine.