19 February 2010

Text PRAYNOW to 82088

Following a successful pilot, the Methodist Church is now offering free weekly prayer texts to help Methodists join in prayer with hundreds of others on topical and personal issues.

To receive the texts people simply send a text message reading PRAYNOW to 82088, which will be charged at their standard network rate. All of the prayer texts they receive will be free of charge.

Users of the pilot service were asked to text in their feedback and the result was overwhelmingly positive. June M texted in to say, "I welcome those prayertime texts, they make me stop & pray whatever I'm doing, where ever I am. Thank you 4 a valued service". Another user said, "Many thanks this service is of great value and helps to encourage focusing on what is important during what we consider to be our priorities."

"I feel moved by the idea that people across the country are being connected through the prayer text service," said David Webster, the Church's Internet Communications Coordinator. "Although many find the beeping of mobile phones annoying, for those signed up to PRAYNOW it will remind them that they are part of a growing community of prayer, whatever may be going on around them."

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