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A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer
Sat 29 April 2017, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
‘The secret of prayer is a hunger for God’ wrote Thomas Merton, and, ‘the will to pray is the essence of prayer’. Stephen Cottrell describes himself as ‘an experienced beginner’ at prayer who has never got much beyond this, but his long apprenticeship has taught him that, in reality, the beginning and end of prayer is simply the longing to know God and to be known by God.
But for many people, the ‘how?’ question remains. Bishop Stephen will reflect on what prayer is and how to start, or start again, including how to pray alone, with others, in all sorts of places, and in particular, how to find the way that is right for you. Come with your questions, struggles, experiences of prayer or its absence, and be prepared to be surprised and try something new.
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford. He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship, and is the author of numerous books including How to Pray (Church House Publishing, 3rd edition 2010).