08 February 2013
Get God on your mobile: sign up for prayer texts during Lent
Young Methodists are offering people the chance to sign up for prayer text messages over the Lent period.
The prayer texts have been written by children and young people from across the Methodist Church. They are intended to inspire other young people embarking on the 46-day spiritual journey of Lent. Mobile phone users can sign up to receive daily prayers by texting LENT to 66777 (charged at the standard network rate). The texts will be free to receive.
Syntiche Dedji, a 21-year-old ONE programme participant from London, is one of the prayer text writers. She said: "I thought that it was a really inspiring thing to do. I read a devotion every day so I know how inspiring they can be. You never know what someone is going through. Reading a prayer text can make a difference. They are quick and easy to receive and read."
The text messages will be sent around 12.30pm each day throughout the whole Lent period, including Sundays. The messages are aimed at children and young people. One prayer text, written by Olivia aged 12 from the Croydon Methodist Circuit, reads: "Lord, please help those in poverty who go to sleep hungry at night. We pray that when the G8 leaders meet in the UK they help to bring an end to hunger this year."
Ayo Osideinde, Children and Youth Development Support Officer, said: "The Lent text prayers are an opportunity for young people to minister to other young people through prayer. Prayer and spirituality are an important aspect of 3Generate (Methodist Children and Youth Assembly). This has become clear from the feedback we have had from young people. Many of the discussions at 3Generate are about living as a disciples and how to weave God into every aspect of daily life."