After you’ve watched this video, why not think about putting this on a page on your website and beginning your everyday faith page? You could include a map of where the congregation spend time during the week - places of work, schools and colleges. You don’t need to include the detail, but something that represents how people are serving their communities in their daily lives, as well as in organised church projects.
Praying for an everyday church
Prayers for everyday life are as important as praying every day. When our prayers change, so do hearts. Of course, you can integrate a whole-life perspective into any element of a Sunday service, but the intercessions are the most obvious moment: praying for people in particular sectors, week by week, or for occupations, or school activities that people in your church are involved in. Perhaps begin with successive letters of the alphabet – ‘D’ is for dad, driver, dentist, dancer, designer, design and technology lessons...
Share these prayers on your website and social feeds
Use your social media to share these prayers with a wider audience. If you are able, why not tag in some of the local connections that fit with each theme? For example;
J is for… Journalist, joiner and junior eagle… so we are praying this week for Andrew and Alice members of the GS who shared their story of what being ‘truth-tellers’ means in their role as a journalist, for Hugh starting his new community carpentry course and Harry going to his first #CPFC (Eagles) away game this weekend.
J is for … Jeweller – today we are praying for @HandsonJewel our local jewellery shop. Thanks for being such a key part of our high street!
These are just two examples, but take time to consider the individuals, business, schools, organisations and charities that make up your local community. How can you use your church's social media presence to let them know they are valued and appreciated? When 98% of 16-64-year-olds use social media, it's easy to see this in an effective way to reach out.
In a recent Labs Learning blog, St John's Church, Lancashire, shared how a simple prayer on social media ignited conversations within their community. Read their inspiring story, here.
Have you been inspired to use your digital presence to connect with the world around you? We'd love to hear your story. Tag us in your posts on social media @churchofengland.
Programme Director for Setting God’s People Free