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‘Say One for me’ my mum used to say as I went to Church.

Prayer can make a difference. It only takes a few words to say what’s worrying you.
What have you got to lose by asking God for what you need?

Why not email your prayer request to the vicar? Both midweek and on Sundays we pray for the sick and those who have died.

Prayers for the sick or the dead

To have a name added to the list of people prayed for in Church please speak to the vicar before any service.

We love it when people rediscover their faith. If this is you, that’s great. Angels in heaven rejoice when we repent of our sins and turn to God. You may wish to mark your renewal of faith with a ceremony as part of a church service. This new ritual is called the

Affirmation of Baptismal Faith. It is intended for those people for have been baptised and confirmed and who want a formal way of marking either that they have returned to the practice of the Christian faith or that their faith has become meaningful to them in a new way.

It consists of the following elements: a declaration that those involved have been baptised and wish to renew their faith; the renunciation of all that is evil and declaration of turning to Christ from the baptism service; an affirmation of faith using the words of the Apostles’ Creed; a declaration of commitment to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

‘I answer the call of God my creator.  I trust in Christ Jesus as my saviour. I seek new  life from the Holy Spirit.’

‘God of mercy and love,In baptism you welcome the sinner and restore the dead to life.

You create a clean heart in those who repent, and give your Holy Spirit to those who ask.

Grant that these your servants may grow  into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Equip them with the gifts of your Holy Spirit,and fill them with faith in Jesus Christ

and with love for your people, in the service of your kingdom. Amen’

* The laying on of hands by the parish priest with the words: ‘N, may God renew his life within you that you may confess his name this day and for ever.’ ‘Amen.’

Prayer traditions

While there are a wide variety of ways of praying, including the rosary, in this parish I teach people to pray how they can, not how they can’t. Simple everyday language is used, rather than complicated words or phrases.

“We adore you O Christ and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

Lighting a candle

In Darrington Church you can light a candle as you pray. This may help you. There is nothing magical about it, but it provides a physical action to accompany the silent or spoken prayer. Jesus is the light of the world. When we light a candle we remember Jesus and pray that his light and truth may be known in our lives.