Prayer & Spiritual Growth

Prayer is the vital life breath of our relationship with God. We encourage many forms of prayer within our church.

Corporate prayer takes place during our worship, at most of our meetings, at house fellowship groups and at our prayer meeting on Tuesday morning.

Prayer Team: our trained team offers prayer ministry after morning worship and by request. Our Prayer team have held prayers for healing for individuals and different situations. Please contact the minister, Simon Helme, 01453 542344 or email

The Tuesday Prayer Meeting starts at 9.30am in the chapel. There are periods of silence and simple responses. We share in reading a psalm and listen for God’s word through the reading of scriptures that link into our Sunday morning worship lectionary. Open prayer is offered for people and situations (the names from our prayer book are remembered at this point). People can pray out loud or in silence. A blessing is given to close the period of prayer and coffee is shared after the meeting. All are welcome.

Personal prayer and devotions are encouraged through the use of the URC Prayer Handbook. This is a series of readings and reflections and prayers linked to the Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday Worship. The Handbook gives suggestions on how to pray and allows you to further reflect on that week’s readings.

Reform Magazine is the monthly publication of the national URC and is full of interesting articles to encourage and enlarge your faith

Bible Reading notes, Fresh from the Word, by the International Bible Reading Association (IBRA), provides bible readings, commentaries and prayers for every day of the year. It is an excellent way to meditate on scripture every day and to discover the wide range of writings in the Bible.

From time to time we offer various courses looking at prayer and spirituality. If you wish to receive details of these please contact the minister.

TLS Courses (Training for Learning & Serving)

The National URC runs training courses deepening people’s understanding and practice of their faith. A number of our members have done these courses (on pastoral care, theology and biblical studies) and have found them very helpful. More details from the URC website or from the minister.