As Christians we believe that prayer is very important, as through it we can build our relationship with God and bring to Him our concerns and thanksgivings as well as those of others. We believe that God hears and responds to our prayers, although not necessarily in a way that is obvious to us or in the way that we might expect or hope for. This section introduces our prayer activities and provides an opportunity to submit prayer requests through the website.

The most well known of all Christian prayers is the one which Jesus taught to His disciples (Matthew 6:9-13), known to us now as the Lord's Prayer. It is reproduced below.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name;
thy kingdom come; thy 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.
Lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Ridgeway Methodist Church has a variety of prayer activities running at all times to encourage people within the Church to pray for each other and for the wider community.

During all our services, as well as our regular prayers for the wider world we use a prayer diary which includes people within the local community and known to people within the Church who we have been asked to pray for. These requests are added to our prayers of intercession for three weeks of Sunday services, and can be included for longer if information needs to be updated.

Prayer Cards are available for people to make prayer requests, and on the first Saturday morning of each month a prayer breakfast is held at 8.30 am in the church hall.  Ridgeway also has activities for people who wish to pray more outside of Church, especially at home. Several of our members run a "prayer chain" where prayer requests are given to one person in the chain and then passed on to others in turn.