Grantham churches are joining together to take part in a global ‘wave of prayer’.
The Archishop of Canterbury has called for the wave of prayer between May 25 and June 4, and churches in the Grantham district are taking up the challenge. People are being asked to pray as one under the theme “Thy Kingdom Come.”
It will be launched on Ascension Day, at 7.30pm at the Church of the Ascension in Edinburgh Road.
Earlier in the day, there will be prayer and meditation from 3.30pm to 7pm at All Saints Barrowby and St Sebastian’s, Great Gonerby, together with an exhibition of prayers by children from local schools.
Rev Chris Boland, vicar of the Church of the Ascension, said: “I’m very excited about the initiative. It will be a good chance to pause and reflect, particularly coming before the General Election.”
There will be prayer stations at the Church of the Ascension from Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 2, from 10am to noon, and at St John’s Manthorpe on the same days from 11am to 3pm.
Prayer stations at St Anne’s, Harrowby Road, will be open from 10am to noon from Monday, May 29, to Thursday, June 1. Tea and coffee will also be available. Rev David Shenton said: “Prayer stations are a series of points around the church reflecting different aspects of life with guidance to help you. You can come and go as you like and everyone is welcome.”
Parish churches in the Harlaxton area have produced a prayer diary and an enhanced prayer corner in their churches.
The church of St John the Baptist, Londonthorpe, will be open on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, at 2pm for a Quiet Hour.
Fr Stuart Cradduck, rector of St Wulfram’s, said the church is available from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays every week for private prayer and a chance for everyone to get away from the rush of modern life, as well as for worship, details of which can be found on www.stwulframs.org.uk
Other denominations are also supporting the initiative. John Dyson, Pastor of Barrowby Baptist Church, said: “We could all have had our own events, but we will encourage people to attend what their parish churches are putting on.”
The wave of prayer ends with a service of Pentecost Praise for everyone at 6pm on June 4 at Jubilee Life Centre.