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Kingdom Come in Southam Deanery

In the article below, deanery Lay Chair of Southam Deanery, Barry Parker, writes about Kingdom Come - Southam Deanery's Intercessory Prayer meetings.

If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Back at the beginning of 2015 we held our very first Deanery Intercessory Prayer Meeting, Kingdom Come, an opportunity for folk across the Deanery to gather together raising our voices as one. 

The idea of a deanery prayer meeting sprung from a very successful HOPE14 mission. The Southam Deanery Mission Team, which comprised representatives from across the Deanery, came together for this key outreach programme and agreed that following HOPE14 the deanery would continue to host Christian outreach events to which we could invite the community. The team was determined that the closer relationships that had developed across parish boundaries should be nurtured and grown and that everything we do as a deanery would be underpinned by prayer.

Kingdom Come takes place at St James Church, Southam between 4pm and 5pm on a Sunday afternoon approximately every six weeks throughout the year.  Each meeting is either lay or clergy led, there is no set agenda and meetings can and do take a variety of differing formats including open and silent prayer, worship, space for reflection and much more.

It is an opportunity to pray blessings our clergy. We also pray for our church families, church leaders, leadership teams and our communities as we seek the Father heart of God for our deanery.

We are involved in a spiritual battle, not just here on earth but in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12) and real prayer is a vital weapon in our armoury if we, both as individuals and the Church are to see progress with God when he says: “see, I do a new thing’. The saints of old prayed through for God’s will to be done despite the difficulties facing them.  As A.W. Tozer says: “We cannot afford to stop praying till we have actually prayed.”


Barry Parker, Deanery Lay Chair

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