This year Lent starts on 14th February (also St Valentine’s Day!) and as part of our observance of Lent a Week of Accompanied Prayer (also known as Week of Guided Prayer) is being held at St Stephens from 11th – 17th March 2018
This is a marvellous way to make an individually guided retreat in the midst of ordinary life and is for EVERYONE – no previous experience necessary! Unlike traditional retreats which are the same for everyone, because you will be allocated your own prayer companion for the week, it starts where you are and goes where the Spirit wants to take you.
The week will start at our evening service on Sunday March 11 and end with a special service on the morning of Saturday 17th. Between these times your commitment for the week is to set aside 30 minutes each day for prayer and to meet with your trained prayer companion for about 30 minutes at St Stephen’s Church, at a previously agreed time.
The week is a journey in the love of God and you will be encouraged in your own unique pathway of prayer. A key factor of the whole experience is that there is no pressure and it is based on the principle that Jesus meets us “where we are”.
The role of the prayer companion is not to tell you what to do or even to teach you, but to help and support you as you reflect on your prayer life. All conversations with prayer guides are seen as confidential.