Share & Prayer is a group for women of all ages who want to explore what it means to follow Jesus.
- We look at the Bible together
- We discuss the Bible’s application to us
- We share our lives, the joys and the struggles
- We encourage each other
- We pray for one another and others known to us
Share & Prayer 2020
Until mid-March 2020, Share & Prayer met on Thursday mornings at the church. These were regular meetings, with around 14-16 people and involved conversation over tea/coffee, around 45 minutes studying and discussing a Bible passage, sharing prayer needs and praying together.
Our study series was on the theme of Sabbath. We explored how the principle of Sabbath could be built into our lives. Little did we realise that lockdown would provide many of us with an enforced period of Sabbath, whilst others of us would be faced with the multiple demands of working from home and home schooling.
Stay at Home, summer term
Once the Government announced the Stay at Home policy in March 2020, we had to think of different ways of keeping in touch with each other. A WhatsApp group was set up for those ladies with smartphones where the ladies could share prayer requests. Also, every few days prayer requests/updates, useful practical information, an encouraging Bible verse, video or picture were sent out by email to the now-expanded group of over twenty people with encouragement to share news/prayer requests with those without email access.
By late April, Zoom had come onto our horizon and, following a couple of trial social gatherings, we settled into a regular Share & Prayer weekly meeting to include a reflection/meditation, sharing prayer needs and praying. One member led us in a “deep dive” into The Lord’s Prayer and others took turns to lead on varying themes. We welcomed Edward one morning in June who led us on the topic “How to Pray”.
The summer holidays, leadership handover
During the summer holidays we held a few socials via Zoom to provide the opportunity for participants to stay in contact.
New leaders were required. One leader had expressed a preference to step back from the leadership team until we could meet physically again. Another was due to move away in the autumn and, in recognition that it was important to make sure that Share & Prayer continued and thrived in the future, two members were invited to join the third of the original leadership team in forming an interim leadership group. All were extremely appreciative of the previous dedicated leadership of the group over many years and thankful to them for building a group committed to continuing together to seek God and support each other.
Weekly Zoom meetings resumed, with many in the group being actively involved – leading studies on their own selected themes, chairing the “round the room” session of sharing news and prayer requests and/or closing in prayer. We also enjoyed hearing from our guest speakers about the church’s Young People’s programme, the Pastoral Care Group and about ‘Dementia Friends’. Emails to the wider group settled down into twice weekly with the post-meeting email focusing on key prayer requests arising in the meeting or through other communication channels.
Comments received from members of the Share & Prayer Group:
Share & Prayer has been a life saver. I’ve had support from fellow Christians all the way through the pandemic.
Share & Prayer has enabled me to meet in small groups with the ladies and support each other in our life in Christ. We have talked about fears and struggles without fear of rejection.
One thing I remember from Share & Prayer in 2020 is…
…the warmth, love, companionship that shines out.
…the commitment to pray.
…being brave and joining in.
If you would like to join us or know more, please use this Contact Form and one of the leaders will get back to you.