Prayer at St. Anne's

Prayer at St. Anne's takes various forms. Below are several prayer ministries and resources for your information and use.

St. Anne’s believes in the power of prayer and invites you to let us know if you or your family and friends wish to be included in our Sunday prayers for healing, encouragement and strength. Contact the office, Rector or Pastoral Care team. If you are in hospital, respite or would appreciate a visit from the Rector or pastoral care team, please let us know. 

Healing Circles – Where two or three are gathered...
In Matthew 18 Verse 19 Jesus said “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

These words of comfort ring as true today as they did when Jesus said them 2,000 years ago. The image of the circle is recognized throughout the world as one of being non-hierarchical, inclusive, respectful, equal, and inter-connected. Healing Circles have been used over centuries by many cultures to help people bring healing, reconciliation and a deep sense of forgiveness and love into their lives.

At St. Anne’s we have experienced the power of Healing Circles. Sometimes they have taken the form of a Vigil and sometimes they have taken the form of a quiet and sacred gathering of a few parishioners who pray for someone who is going through a difficult time, someone who needs to forgive or be forgiven, someone who needs to be released from anger or disappointment, someone who is struggling with loss or sorrow, someone who needs healing from old hurts that just won’t go away, someone who needs spiritual, emotional or physical healing or someone who is about to embark on a new path in life or who is in a changed circumstance and wants to be lifted up.

A Healing Circle is an informal gathering that is convened by the Rector and only at the consent and request of the person wanting to receive healing. The Circle members are called by the Rector and a date is established for the gathering. The gathering may take place at the church or possibly at another venue depending on circumstances. To ensure privacy, the Healing Circle takes place outside of the regular Sunday morning worship services. The Circle gathers with the parishioner requesting healing although it is understood that in some cases the person receiving healing may not be able to be present. The Laying on of Hands and prayers are offered. Prayers are unstructured and flow freely as the Spirit moves. Circle members are asked to be discreet and respect the privacy of those receiving healing. Circle members are not there to judge or offer unsolicited advice. Circle members are there to simply intercede on behalf of the parishioner in need, lift them up in prayer, and ask for God’s blessing and healing.

To be a member of a Healing Circle is a gift. As we give to others, we can receive so much more in return. This is a gentle and quiet Ministry. If you would like to become a member of the St. Anne’s Circle of Healing, please call our Rector, at 519-471-0800. You may also request a healing circle of prayer where 3 parishioners join you and the Rector for private healing prayers for about half an hour at an arranged time, in the church. Contact the church office, or speak to the Rector.

If you, or a member of your family would like to receive prayer from the St. Anne’s Circle of Healing, please contact our Rector at the same telephone number.

“Come unto me all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28

Every first Sunday of the Month at both our 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. service you may receive laying on of hands for healing.  The rector, and commissioned pastoral care ministers of healing prayer are ready to pray with you and lay hands upon you as you ask for private prayers for yourself or those you name.   Commissioned for this ministry are Keith B., Susan G. and Leonora K.

"Shawls ... made for centuries universal, embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.  They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been  uplifted and affirmed.

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl. (shawls can be quilted, woven or machine knitted too)

Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!

Would you be interested in a St. Anne’s Prayer Shawl Ministry?

What is a Prayer Shawl?
A prayer shawl may be knitted, crocheted or hand-woven. What sets it apart from other craft projects is that the shawl is accompanied by prayer and meditation by an individual or a group. When the shawl is finished, it is presented to someone as a visible expression of care, concern and God’s love. those who knit do so to share God’s love and encourage physical and emotional healing.

Who would receive these shawls?
Prayer shawls knit by parishioners and friends of St. Anne’s are available for you. There are many in need of strength while undergoing medical procedures, those in need of comfort after a loss, those in need of peace and patience, during an illness and recovery, caregivers and those in celebration of graduation, a marriage or a birth of a child. There are endless possibilities for the ministry of these shawls.

Why we do it: The shawl represents Jesus’ arms and our prayers around the person who receives it. Shawls are something tangible someone can hold on to, a way for the recipient to see and feel grace, love, peace and the prayers of others. The ministry serves as spiritual food for the creators as well as the recipients. The shawls are offered within worship, in homes or hospitals. If you know of anyone in need of the comfort of a shawl, please let us know. Your prayers for our direction in this ministry are appreciated. We thank our pastoral care team for their guidance in visioning this ministry.

Another project we work on is making bootees and toques for new-born preemies at the hospital. Patterns and wool are both available to work on at your leisure in your home. All we need, are your hand, talent and time.
More information contact Lenora K. or Audrey W.