Many of you will have used the Prayer Line facility in the past, but for those who haven't we thought we would let you know a little more about how it works:
Firstly, please do take note of the telephone number; we have a new phone with a new number so do make sure you programme it into your phone, perhaps simply under the name ‘Prayer’, so that if ever you do want or need to use it, you have it to hand.
You may be aware that we have a Prayer Ministry Team at St. Margaret’s. This is a group of people who have all undergone prayer ministry training and who are happy to pray with or for those who would like prayer, either in person after services, or remotely if contacted. They will pray with or for you in complete confidentiality and do not pass on details of what has been prayed for unless asked to do so by the person who has asked for prayer.
Whoever is manning the Prayer Line will be a member of that team so you can be confident of the same levels of confidentiality as are in place with any other form of prayer ministry. Kim Honey, a reader at St Margaret's holds on to the prayer phone and is the first point of contact, but at times when Kim is not available, the number will be diverted to a designated member of the team who has agreed to be a Prayer Line responder.
If you would like prayer, please TEXT your prayer request to the Prayer Line number. The phone will have been checked every morning by 9am for anything that has come in overnight, as well as several times during the day. Your request will remain anonymous - no names need to be mentioned if you prefer not to, and you will not be contacted. Whoever is manning the prayer line, along with other designated members of the Prayer Ministry Team will pray for you, or for your request.
If, however, you would like someone from the team to get back to you, then you are very welcome to text in with your name and contact details and request a text or a call back. We may not be able to respond immediately, depending on when requests come in, but someone from the team will be in contact and, if required, will arrange a call back.
Finally, please remember that no request for prayer is too big - or too small! If it is on your heart, then we are happy to pray with you.
The image depicted of 'Praying Hands', is a famous drawing also known as 'Study of the Hands of an Apostle', it is a pen-and-ink drawing by the German printmaker, painter and theorist Albrecht Dürer. Hi work is today stored at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria.