Nearly fifty people from across the Bradford Episcopal Area have been learning how they can pray for others at church services.
‘Help me to pray for others’ was a lay training evening which took place at St. Peter’s Shipley. With the focus on encouraging prayer ministry in churches, it was led by vicar, the Revd John Rainer with a series of workshops led by lay members of the church prayer ministry team.
Sessions included ‘How to Pray Aloud’, ‘How to Start a Prayer Ministry Team’, ‘Physical and Emotional Healing’, ‘Praying with and for Children’, ‘the Healing Power of Forgiveness’ and ‘When Prayer Seems Unanswered’.
“The day finished with a time of prayer ministry where people put into practice all that had been learnt,” says Bradford Lay Training Officer, Sharon Bavington.
“There was a wonderful sense of the Holy Spirit as people testified to what God had been doing during the prayer time.
“Many said they felt more confident after attending the event: ‘I now feel I CAN pray for others in their presence, I am confident that this IS what God wants me to do’, “
One delegate said “I felt called to attend the day as soon as I saw it advertised, so glad I did!”