The Churches Together Prayer and Intercession group came into being in December 2015 and has been meeting monthly since. Currently we have around 60 people on the mailing list, drawn from different churches across the city. Our monthly meetings are attended by around 20 people. So far most of our meetings have been at Vineyard but the intention is to hold them in different locations across the city in the future.
We recognise that churches have different preferred prayer and intercession styles and approaches, just as in worship. We see these as different expressions of Christ and validate all of them. Over time we would love to find ways in which we learn and integrate many different styles into our meetings together.
At this stage our meetings include some worship, a time for silence and listening, an opportunity to pray corporately and a chance to share what God has been laying on our hearts between meetings. We try to create a safe space where there is no pressure to speak or pray out loud and one thing we want to avoid is ‘performance prayer.’ That said, the prayer leader will ask people to share what God is saying to them so everyone’s invited to participate.
We hope this group will continue to grow as an expression of church unity in our city and so very much encourage those who love to pray from any denomination to get in touch.
We believe God has called us together for a time such as this and that our work in prayer and intercession will yield fruit in the city and beyond. Winchester has a rich heritage as both a royal and political centre as well as a Christian one. Through prayer we intend to work with God to ensure that the city takes it’s place in God’s plan for the nation. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus says to his disciples the following:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Come and join us at our next main meeting. Saturday 6 October 2018 9.30am-12.30pm meeting at Winchester Vineyard, 69 Bar End Road, SO23 9NP. Additionally due to the number and urgency of some of the issues we feel called to pray for we are having a meeting on Thursday 27 September. Please email me for venue details, or contact me via the Facebook page, Churches Together in Winchester.
Subsequent meetings: 3 November, 1 December
Do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more.
Prayer and Intercession Champion