What Is prayer?

Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God.

There is no special way to pray. No special position to be in. You can pray with others or alone. You can pray in church, at work, walking down the street, in the park or on the bus. Anybody can pray, anytime, anywhere. God is always listening.

Each week our congregations  pray for those living and working in particular areas within both parishes.  The details of the parts of the community to be included in our prayers for the month of  November are listed below:

Date St James St Margaret
4th November Woodhall Lane , Park Avenue Killinghall Road
11th November Woodhall Park Crescent East & West Thornbury Crescent, Thornhill Terrace
18th November Woodhall Park Drive & Gardens Thornbury Ave, Thornbury Drive
25th November Woodhall Park Mount & Grove Rushton Road, Randolph St & Wainfleet House
2nd December Alder Drive, Hillfoot Cottages Lower Rushton Road


Please include these people in your prayers.

The church has also selected certain saints, and suggests that we ask them to pray with us or on our behalf to God, on particular days throughout the year.

Here is a prayer  which you may wish to use in the month of  November

On 11th November the Church remembers all those who have died in wars

Lord, we are saddened at the thought of war,
of the soldiers who must fight
and all those people who are killed.
Today we remember their sacrifice with great sadness.
We thank them for what they did for us.

We also remember that they won for us a victory,
that without their bravery these wars may have been lost,
and our lives could have been so very different,
without the freedom we so much enjoy.
We thank them for what they did for us.

We are saddened at the thought of your suffering,
that you, too, had to be a great hero,
and walk to Jerusalem, be arrested, tried
and killed on that horrible cross.
We thank you for what you did for us.

We also remember that you won for us a victory,
that on Easter morning you rose again,
and helped us to overcome our human nature,
so that we might rise again with you.
We thank you for what you did for us.

We should also remember that Jesus taught his disciples how to pray using this prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name:

thy kingdom come; they will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen


Further topical prayers can be found on the Diocese of Leeds website