Methodist Prayer Handbook

 

The Greatest Commandment

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2022/2023

Order from Methodist Publishing: www.methodistpublishing.org.uk
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Imagine the Church filled with a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and completely dependent on the sovereign work of God. Imagine the Church filled with people wholly focused on loving God, loving our neighbours and loving of ourselves.

This handbook contains prayers for the Methodist Church to be the Church that God desires; and that explore how we should live out Our Calling, as we respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ through discipleship, worship and mission.

Submission Guidelines for the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2023/2024

The theme for the 2023/2024 Prayer Handbook will be announced in autumn 2022. Please look out for it on this page and in e-newsletters and social media.

The deadline for submission of prayers and photos will be Monday 9 January 2023.

Please email only one prayer per contributor by 9 January 2023 to prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk giving your name, postal address and how you would like to be described, as well as your circuit if relevant to your prayer.

Prayers must be no longer than 120 words and should be appropriate for use from September 2023 to August 2024. Please also email photographs that will help bring our theme to life, especially images with people. Photographs should be sent in their original size along with a brief description listing where they were taken.

If you do not have internet access please post prayers to: Prayer Handbook Editor, Methodist Church House, 25 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SF. Please do not post photographs.

 

Guidelines for submitting prayers

  1. Prayers must not exceed 120 words.
  2. To help users of the Handbook to pray relevantly, please include specific information on:
  • named countries, regions, communities
  • needs or projects.
  1. The Methodist Church is committed to becoming an ‘Inclusive Church’. Please use inclusive language in your prayers. For example, refer to people for who they are, not by their experience, ie ‘people experiencing poverty’, not as ‘the poor’.
  2. All prayer content must be appropriate for use from September 2023 to August 2024.
  3. All prayers must be your copyright. They can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your prayer will become the copyright of Methodist Church Purposes. Extracts from the Prayer Handbook are used under 'Prayer for the Day' on the Methodist Church website and also in ‘Prayer Focus’, the prayer journal of the Methodist Church in Ireland. By submitting a prayer, you agree to these additional uses. If you do not wish to have your prayers used in these ways, please email the editor. If you use words from another source within your prayer, please indicate that source (even if it is out of copyright): plagiarism is theft.
  4. Please note that all published prayers will be edited, more or less, depending on how they fit on the page and relate to other prayers in the Handbook. The editorial process also ensures all prayers use inclusive language. By submitting a prayer, you agree that it may be edited as the editor sees fit. 
  5. Please submit no more than one prayer.
  6. When submitting prayers, please give your postal address, your full name, and how you would like to be described (eg Jane Jones, local preacher, Townton).
  7. Please note that it is not possible to include all prayers submitted for the Prayer Handbook. 

Guidelines for submitting photographs

  1. Photographs must support your prayer and help bring our theme to life. The photos most likely to be published will show people in action.
  2. Please provide a caption so that the editor knows what the photo is, and state where it was taken. NB: if your photograph is used it may be given a different caption in order to fit the theme and the prayers on the page.
  3. All photos must be sent as digital high-resolution files: JPEG, 300dpi. If your email gives you the option of sending a photo in a different size please choose ‘original size’ (or the biggest file size). If your email account will not allow you to send large files please use https://wetransfer.com/ to email them to prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk 
  4. Images are reproduced small, so make sure photos are bold and clear, ie no group shots.
  5. Make sure you have permission from the people shown in your photograph: and that they have given their consent for their image to be published. It is crucial that parents/guardians of children give written consent.
  6. Photographs must be your own copyright. If you take a photograph of a piece of artwork (eg a painting or sculpture) and that work is in copyright you must also send the artist’s written permission for their artwork to be used in the Prayer Handbook.
  7. The images can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your photo will become the copyright of Methodist Church Purposes.

 

Schools

The deadline for submission of prayers and photos from schools is Friday 27 January 2023.

 

If you have any queries, please contact the editor prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk

 


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