Belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the heart of our faith. Christians believe that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus reveals to us that God is our Father, and that God is available to us through the Holy Spirit.
You won’t ever be asked if you completely understand all this. But you are asked whether you believe and trust. This is called faith. It is a different sort of knowledge. It is the knowledge of being known and loved, and of loving in return.
The Christian faith is not a human invention. There are signs of God’s existence and handiwork in creation for anyone to read (Acts 14.15–17). But we believe in the way we do because God has come to seek us out and has made himself known to us.
How To Pray
When should I pray?
Traditionally, prayer times have been morning and evening, but you can choose a time which is best for you. It helps to be somewhere quiet, where you can have some time for yourself.
What do I need?
You might like to set up a special place in which you pray regularly. You might also place an open Bible, a cross, a candle, or a picture, to give the time and space special significance. However, you can pray anywhere - walking, standing, sitting, whatever feels comfortable.
You don't have to know any prayers if you want to pray - in fact, words can often get in the way. But you may wish to write down or memorise some prayers that speak to you, especially the Lord’s Prayer. You could build up a collection of favourite prayers and sayings and keep a scrapbook.
Why not use your hand as a model!
Your fingers can be used to bring to mind different things to pray for:
Thumb - This is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.
Index finger - This is the pointing finger. Pray for all those headlines in the news that need to be prayed for. Also, for those in our lives who guide and help us: friends, teachers, the emergency services and so on.
Middle finger - This is the tallest finger. Pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.
Ring finger - This is the weakest finger on your hand. It can’t do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved… as well as victims of war and disaster.
Little finger - This is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.
ONLINE COMPLINE (NIGHT PRAYER)
During Covid and lockdown we had online services and videos. These helped us to feel part of parish worship, though separated from each other. Some watched online without any experience of church attendance.
Now parish life is normal again, some people might still appreciate the opportunity to pray and worship without attending church, or in addition to going to church.
At the start of lockdown, a group based in the Richmond deanery organised an online Compline or Night Prayer at 9pm, 7 days a week.
Click this link below for all the Knaresborough Team Ministry (KTM) Compline services.
Sundays at 9:00pm.