- Oldfield Drive
- Vicars Cross
- CH3 5LL
The Prayer Bee
VICARS CROSS UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
THE PRAYER BEE
A TIME OF PRAYER & MEDITATION
TIME TO BE STILL
EVERY MONDAY 10 am - 11 am
STARTING MONDAY 4th OCTOBER
During the Covid lock down church members from Vicars Cross formed an online prayer group. Kathleen Sharps emailed us all with an itinerary of prayer which was to be prayed at 10am each Monday.
This has been both rewarding and encouraging and we have been led to introduce the Prayer Bee - a time of prayer and meditation in Church every Monday between 10am – 11am beginning in October 2021.
For some time, I have been inspired by the idea of the “ Honeycomb” based on Proverbs 16.24 – “Kind words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” The name Prayer Bee is linked to this with the word Bee derived from an Old English word ben meaning prayer or favour. Incidentally it is where we get the word Benediction.
The Prayer Bee is for everyone – all are welcome.
We aim to offer a place where we not only pray together but also where others may come in and just rest in the calming atmosphere of the Lord's Presence. Soothing music, times of silence and listening, with space to reflect.
A time of prayer around God's Word and a sense of peace and belonging.
Our message to all is that they are loved, they are accepted and they are welcomed.
Our faith is strengthened by prayer which is about relationship with God. Jesus was adamant that His Father's House was a house of prayer.
Research has shown that prayer can reduce the feelings of fear, anxiety and loneliness.
It can be seen to reduce worry and stress. It can be seen as healing for the soul.
“Kind words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”
Come along and taste and see that the Lord is good. ( Psalm 34.8)
for the new day
In this strangest of summers, with its
traffic-light travel restrictions and on-going concerns about Covid 19, help us
to remember that You never change. Your light is constant. Your love continues.
Your presence is assured, whether we stay at home, or travel within the UK, or
further afield. There are no restrictions on Your Holy Spirit.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of each new day,
wherever we may be. Thank You that by Your grace, we share all our days with
You, secure in all circumstances, when we put our trust in Your precious son,
Jesus Christ. In His name we pray. Amen.
As I watch
She climbs the steps steadily,
Holding the handrail,
Her two-year-old feet following each other
To the platform at the top
Where she sits down
Holding tight to the sides,
Knees up, feet flat
She judders down a little way
Then looks up.
Her eyes meet my smile, my outstretched arms –
And she takes her hands off the edge of the slide,
Shooting forward with a squeal of delight,
Trusting the love she knows.
Lord, I have climbed so steadily,
I have come so far, in my own strength,
Holding on, holding back,
But I am Your child,
Today I will lift my eyes
And meet Your smile, Your outstretched arms,
I will lift my juddering feet –
And take my hands off the edge of the slide
Released to ride, by Your Spirit,
Into the freedom of Your will,
Trusting the Love I know.