A Darlington church is launching a community-wide initiative to focus on the importance of prayer.
All Saints and Salutation Church in Blackwell, in the Anglican Diocese of Durham, will run the ’Every Hour’ project from January 1, 2014. Everyone associated with the church is being invited to pray for at least five minutes each day and sign up to a programme of time slots for when they will do so. Church Vicar, and Area Dean, The Revd Canon John Dobson, said: “The intention is to pray for the church, the community and the world every hour of every day, and to be united in our prayers wherever we are. “Sometimes, we just need a nudge from a friend to make prayer and worship the priorities that they deserve to be. “We have 340 members of the church electoral roll plus others who worship regularly or who regard All Saints’ as their church. We would like to involve the vast majority of these people and others if they would like to join us. “ At the beginning of December we will issue a new edition, the fourth, of the Parish Prayer Diary to everyone. A new feature in it will be short prayers at the front that will be appropriate for different times of the day and evening. With this will come a reminder to sign up for the Every Hour project. “Every Hour is a project in which we can all take part. No one on earth who is serious about being a disciple of Jesus Christ is too busy to find at least five minutes per day for prayer. No one is too young or old to join in with this.” The Church is undertaking the Campaign as part of the Diocese of Durham’s Priorities for 2014 and the ‘Preparing The Ground For Growth’ project which sets out to promote growth of Churches and communities across the diocese. Audio Interview with Mike Hill on BBC Tees Sunday 8th December 2013 (Audio Copyright BBC TEES)