PARISHIONERS are being asked to nominate a particular hour each
day in which they will spend at least five minutes praying for
their church, their community, and the world.
The "Every Hour" project will be launched in the New Year by All
Saints' and Salutation, Blackwell, in Darlington, Co. Durham. But
already the Vicar, Canon John Dobson, has signed up enough people
to cover every hour between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
"We have got at least 100 so far, and there will be at least one
person praying at some time during each hour," he said on Tuesday.
"I hope eventually to have more than 20 praying in each of the
popular hours, and at least ten in the not so favourite ones.
Interestingly, slots in the early morning and mid-evening are
proving most popular. The quietest period is early afternoon."
His project, which he hopes will become permanent, is 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.
Canon Dobson, who is also Area Dean, said: "The intention is 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."
The Canon has bagged the slot from 7 a.m. "No one who is serious
about being a disciple of Jesus Christ is too busy to find at least
five minutes per day for prayer."