Whilst some will find prayer the most natural thing to do in the world, others of us may feel we struggle to know what to say and how to pray. We are not alone! The disciples felt exactly the same when they saw Jesus go off quietly by himself to pray up in the hills or away in the wilderness. They came to him and simply said: ‘Lord, teach us to pray!’

During Lent we will begin a series of evenings led by members of our different churches, exploring and discussing the way Jesus responded to the disciple’s question. Under the heading Thy Kingdom Come… we will, over five weeks, unpack Jesus’ teaching on the Lord’s Prayer, meeting in Alton Methodist at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Praise — ‘Our Father who art in heaven.’ Thursday March 21st
Purpose — ‘Your Kingdom come’ Thursday March 28th
Provision — ‘Give us today our daily bread.’ Thursday April 3rd
Pardon — ‘Forgive us our sins.’ Thursday April 11th
Protection — ‘Deliver us from evil’ Thursday April 18th

We felt that this series will prepare us for the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2016 calling Christians to pray for the work of the church and the world in which we live. Not only that but to pray for people to learn, discover and come to enjoy the Christian faith. As last year, we are invited to especially set aside time to pray in the ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost (May 30th -June 9th).