We affirm that everything we do must be grounded in deep prayerfulness and so we aim to create opportunities for deeper engagement with God in prayer.
By 2020, 250 people across the Diocese will have taken part in a 'month of guided prayer', and 30 prayer guides will have been trained and resourced.
A month of guided prayer has now been undertaken by over 70 people, from 26 parishes throughout the Diocese, with over 20 prayer guides now trained. The feedback from participants has been good.
What is a month of guided prayer like?
It might be called a 'retreat in daily life.' You carry on with your life but you pay attention to your praying over that month, supported by a trained guide who you meet on a one-to-one basis for 30 minutes each week. The guide helps you reflect on your praying and maybe to try new things.
It is for anyone who wants to deepen their prayer life, whatever stage of the journey they are at.
We are now looking to see how we can build upon this to extend the reach and develop an ongoing movement of prayer that signifies the heartbeat of the Diocese.
To get involved or for further details email the Revd Canon Ian Flintoft or telephone 0191 270 4143.