Alcester Minster Churches
Worshipping God, making new disciples and transforming communities
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our FAQ area, where you can find answers to some of the most common questions and concerns that people often have. If there is anything else you would like to know or if anything at all is not clear, please get in touch with us via the contact page and we will answer as quickly as we can.
Prayer ideas for different situations
Lord I want to praise you…
Lord I want to praise you…
for the beauty of creation, and the richness and fullness of the gift of life.
for your might, majesty, glory and holiness that is so much greater than we can imagine.
for your fatherly love reaching out to invite us to draw closer to you.
for your grace and mercy towards humanity, even though we have turned our backs on you,
for your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Lord I want to thank you...
Lord I thank you...
for your presence with me at all times.
for the promise of your peace,
for the beauty of the world,
for the kindness of people, particularly ...
for your love,
for Jesus Christ,
for the power of the Holy Spirit.
Help me to show my gratitude to you in all I say and do.
Lord I am sorry...
Lord I am sorry….
for the times when I have been unkind towards others (especially to...),
for thinking and acting selfishly,
for failing to forgive or ask for forgiveness,
for forgetting about you, or taking your love for granted.
Thank you for your promise to forgive all those who turn back to you to seek your forgiveness and a new start.
Lord I am troubled...
Lord I am troubled
Lord when I face times of anxiety, or great difficulty, help me to place my trust in you. Calm my fears, for all things are in your hands.
Lord I pray for:
my family whom I love…
for people I meet with each day…
for those who carry responsibilities…
for those in distress…
and for myself that you will guide and help me.
Lord I ask for your healing...
Lord I ask for your healing
Lord by your mighty power and your most wonderful and compassionate love lay your healing hand upon_____ who I love.
Restore _____ in body, mind and spirit to a new life in you.
Have mercy, O Lord I pray.
Lord I need your comfort...
Lord I need your comfort…
for the pain of separation from loved ones, and the sense of loss I feel.
for the pain in body, mind or spirit that I am experiencing.
for the changes of life that are making me feel unsettled.
Thank you that you are with us in our pain, and help us to bear it and to comfort one another.
Help me to entrust those who have departed this life into your loving care.
What do Christians believe?
Christianity is a way of life, so Christians have views about all aspects of life. These views are based on thinking through how the teaching in the Bible and traditions handed down through the ages, are applied today.
Central to Christianity is the belief that we can know God personally through faith in Jesus Christ. All other Christian belief is linked to this relationship with Jesus.
What do Christians believe about Jesus?
God sent his son into the world, becoming human like us. Although fully human, Jesus Christ was also fully God. This makes Jesus unique. He is not like any other religious leader or prophet the world has seen before or since. Furthermore, Christians believe that Jesus is alive today and can be known personally, although not seen physically. A relationship with Jesus Christ is maintained through prayer, worship, reading the Bible, and by his invisible presence with us by the Holy Spirit.
Christians put their faith in Jesus Christ by:
• accepting that we need his help to be in a right relationship with God;
• believing that his death and resurrection are God’s provision for bringing us into a right relationship with God, which is vital in order to experience the life God intended for us;
• committing our lives to please God in all we say, think and do.
How can I become a Christian?
In one sense this is as simple as ABC!
A – Admit that without God’s help we make a mess of our lives;
B – Believe that Jesus died to provide a cure for this mess: forgiveness for the past and the gift of beginning a new life re-connected with God through Christ;
C – Commit to remain connected to Christ, and actively develop your relationship with God through prayer, worship, Bible reading and living to please God.
A prayer for beginning the Christian life (the Alpha prayer):
Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life (take a few moments to ask forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience). Please forgive me. I now turn from everything which I know is wrong.
Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free. Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Spirit. I now receive that gift.
Please come into life by your Holy Spirit to be with me forever.
How can I be a better Christian?
Christians spend the whole of their time on earth working on this, so don’t worry, you’re not alone asking this question!
Here are some tips:
Commit each day to God – it is easier to please God if we at least start the day walking in the same direction as him. A short time of stillness in which we talk to and listen to God, and read a section of the Bible will help.
Invite God into your day – consciously acknowledge the indwelling Holy Spirit, and welcome Him to be a part of your day. The Holy Spirit is given to all who commit to following Jesus. He is the one who will guide and empower you to be a better Christian, but He doesn’t force that on you. You have to invite Him to be part of your life.
Talk to God throughout the day – prayer is a conversation with God. If we feel we can’t talk to God about something we are doing, it probably means we shouldn’t be doing it!
What would Jesus do? – when we are not sure how to behave, ask yourself the question, ‘What would Jesus do?’ It will surprise you how that will affect what you think and say and do.
Develop God’s fruit – look for opportunities to grow the fruit of the Spirit in your life (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – Galatians 5.22-23a). It is God’s work in us, but we participate by desiring these qualities, which are for other people to enjoy, and for God’s glory.
Share your faith – by actions and words. Behaving in a way that honours God is a great way to share our faith. Ask God too, for opportunities to say why you are a follower of Jesus.
Be generous – in our thoughts about others, in our conversation, in our praise and thanks of others, and with our time and money. God is gracious; being generous is one way of becoming more like him.
It is part of the cycle of life that all earthly life comes to an end. If you, sadly, have lost a loved one, you are assured of our sympathy and prayers. If you would like to receive a visit please contact the Rector or administrator.
Each year, people who have been bereaved during the preceding year are sent a personal invitation, to come with their families, to the annual Memorial Service in November. The name of the person who has died is read out in an act of remembrance during the service. Tea and cakes are served afterwards. Anyone who would find this helpful is welcome to this annual service. Please contact us to let us know that you will be coming.
Cruse Bereavement Care support http://www.cruse.org.uk/about-grief
As Christians, we have found our faith in God’s love and purposes for us provides comfort and strength at difficult times in our lives including bereavement.
Almighty God, you make nothing in vain and love all you have made. Comfort us in our sorrow and console us in the knowledge of your unfailing love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thank you God that you are with me in my grief. You will not leave me here, but help me to work through it. Please give me strength for today. Amen.
Helpful Bible passages:
‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.’ (Matthew 5:4)
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