As a new church plant, this was the first prayer week that CCM: Withington has held. We were praying for our local community, for Manchester as a whole, and, more specifically, for the city’s universities. Our prayer room was in a house, and we managed to fill most slots from 10am-10pm. Those without transport prayed for an hour at home or at work.
The prayer room was appreciated as a place of peace, out of the hubbub of daily life, enabling people to really connect with God without distraction. We were tuning in to what God was saying for us as individuals and as a church. It was a real encouragement to look through the baton and see how God has been speaking to others and uniting churches of all denominations across Greater Manchester.
Towards the end of our prayer week, it was clear that there were recurring themes and verses. One particular message for us was a reminder to be salt and light: “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16, The Message).
This week of prayer has encouraged us to organise more collective prayer events as a church, so we wait to see where God leads us in the New Year. We are looking forward to all that God has in store!
Rosayln Roden – Week of prayer coordinator
Several local churches in Droylsden (St Mary’s, St Martin’s, Church of the Epiphany, Droylsden Methodist and the Moravian Church) joined together from 9-16 November in a week of prayer for our town. Each church took one or two days when they committed to pray for our town. Each church also hosted a prayer event to which everyone was welcome. These included a prayer walk around the town centre, a visit from Rebekah Brettle of Neighbourhood Prayer Network, who encouraged us to pray for the neighbours in our streets, and a variety of prayer services. St Mary’s Church School also got involved in exploring prayer at school and in church. .
We have already seen some answers to prayer – a dry hour for our prayer walk on an extremely wet and windy morning, a 45 minute conversation about faith with a 90 year old lady on the precinct the following day, more than doubling the numbers at our foodbank the following week, and a tangible sense of the presence of God. We plan to continue to pray together corporately for our town this coming Christmas and Easter, as we plan a visible witness in our town through a nativity trail around the shops, our Christmas services, and on the streets at the Easter markets. Please do pray with us.
Rev Alison Bailie
Pray Love Salford saw 6 church youth groups engaging in prayer for the week. With each church owning a day each and seeing their own young people hear some amazing words from God as they offered some heartfelt calls for God to impact their schools, youth groups and communities.
We loved seeing the young people take a lead, from prayer breakfast to evening celebrations, they felt they played a crucial role in seeing God share his plans for our city. Prayers ranged from ‘Dream BIG for our city’ to declarations of ‘Salford is a city for You!’ to significant personal acknowledgements of ‘Thank you Lord for Mrs. O’Neill – best teacher eva!’.
We really believe that God will hear the heart-felt prayers of a group of young people who would love to see their God impact the world they live in.
The week ended with a group of the young people engaging in community at the precinct on the Saturday… Talking and praying with 150 people out doing their shopping.
Barry Mason (Chair of Salford YFC)
“For our week of prayer we really felt a pull to pray for people. The Kingdom of God is all about people and as more become awakened to who they are why they are alive, the more we will see our city look like the reality of heaven.
Each day we focused imagined a particular person and then prayed for all the others who they represent in a similar position or sphere of influence, be that nurses, politicians, pastors, teachers etc. We prayed for those in those areas who know God to be lights in their environments, but also prayed blessing and encouragement over all those who are doing the work of the kingdom (bringing hope, joy, peace, love) without even realising it at times!
We love our city and doing this week of prayer really helped us to step up into taking more responsibility for seeing it be the city that God has destined it to be.”
Ralph Pedley (Assistant Pastor)
Please join us as we pray this Saturday evening together for our Universities! If you can pray in your own time this month please download this prayer guide:
We had a great time as a team praying for Greater Manchester. Our team is spending a month in the city doing a month of Missions work, from a range of mercy ministries to prayer and evangelism.
The week of prayer which we took was the first week of our time in Manchester and really helped our team to get a heart for the city. We did a range of things over our week, from walking around praying over different areas of the city (such as the Town Hall and Cathedral) to getting to spend time praying in the offices of a charity in Manchester which is involved in Anti-trafficing work.
As an organisation we love to spend time with God listening to him and getting to pray with him about all sorts of things, and it was such a privilege to be able to spend time doing this for the City of Manchester.
Philip Summerton (YWAM team leader)