September 2022 – Back to School

With so many shops and businesses selling and promoting products on the basis of the ‘back to school’ banner, I thought I’d put out a spiritual ‘back to school’ notification.

This autumn, I will be focusing on prayer in the teaching program of the church. As part of that, I will be offering prayer workshops and prayer tutorials for anyone who would like to learn more about prayer or to develop their existing practice.

The disciples of Jesus watched him praying and although they were familiar with prayer there was something different about his praying. What was it that was so unique about the prayer of Jesus? For one thing, his prayers got answered and many of them immediately. This intrigued the followers of Jesus and they wanted to know more, which is why he taught them the ‘Our Father’.

Of course, prayer is more than words and one of the oldest and deepest traditions of the church involves stillness and silent prayer. Indeed, this is God’s gift to the church and the promise of peace is attached to it. Prayer and meditation are the Lord’s antidotes to stress, worry, anxiety and fears that plague so many people today.

If you would like to develop your prayer life then do join us in church this autumn as we go back to school in the Christian tradition of prayer and meditation.

‘But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly’. Matthew 6.6

Rev. Dr Christopher Noble
Rector of St Mary’s Stansted with Fairseat and Vigo & Area Dean of Shoreham