Methodist Prayer Handbook

Responding to the Gospel

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2019/2020

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The Handbook is arranged as a monthly cycle. You can use the book as a focus for your daily prayer and start the cycle again at the beginning of each month, or just dip in.

You could add your own notes in the margins to remind you of things you would like to pray for on particular days.

On the Lectionary pages in the centre of the handbook, suggested readings, hymns and psalms for each day of the year tie in with our online resource A Word in Time.

If you are leading a group or praying on your own you might find it helpful to select just a few of the prayers for the day. You might also want to add prayers for the people listed at the side of the page.

There are general prayers at the beginning of the handbook that you can pick and choose according to your needs or you can just dip in at any page and see what you can find.

However you choose to use the Handbook you know that this is a resource shared by our Methodist sisters and brothers all around Britain and the world.


Submission Guidelines for the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2020/2021

The Earth is the Lord’s

Considerations for submitting prayers and images for use in the 2020/2021 Methodist Prayer Handbook

Deadline for submission: 13 January 2020

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The theme for the 2020/2021 Handbook is ‘The Earth is the Lord’s’ (Psalm 24:1).

The television series ‘Blue Planet II’ highlighted the way human activities are having a major effect on the life systems of our world. Climate change, species extinction, polar ice loss, sea level rise, land and air pollution and waste disposal are all traced back to aspects of our choices. Tragically, those most affected are the poor who have contributed least to the problem.

We invite prayers of thanksgiving, penitence, intercession and resolve that, with God’s help, we may take responsibility for our actions and, as stewards of God’s gift to us, participate in the healing of creation.

Guidelines for submitting prayers

Prayers must not exceed 120 words. They should be relevant for use from September 2020 to August 2021. Shorter prayers and prayers for specific themes or countries are more likely to be used.

When submitting prayers, please give your postal address (so that you can be sent a complimentary copy if your prayer is used), your full name and how you would like to be described (e.g. Jane Jones, local preacher, Townton).

Please do not submit more than three prayers (the editor uses a maximum of two per author and it pains her to have to bin the rest!).

Please consider that prayers for or from a particular country should include information on specific needs or projects that users of the Handbook can pray for and must be relevant for use from September 2020 to August 2021.

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 Handbook of the Methodist Church in Ireland. By submitting a prayer, it is assumed that you agree to these additional uses. If you do not wish to have your prayers used in these ways, please let the editor know.

If you use words from another source within your prayer, please indicate that you have done so and give the source, even if it is out of copyright: plagiarism is theft.

Please note that not all prayers submitted can be included in the Prayer Handbook and many will need editing more or less, depending on how they fit on the page and relate to other prayers in the Handbook.

Please email prayers to by 13 January 2020. If you do not have internet access you can post prayers to: Prayer Handbook Editor, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR.

Guidelines for submitting photos

Please also submit photographs that will help to bring our theme to life. Please provide a caption so that the editor knows what the photo is and state where it was taken. Please note that if your photograph is used it may be given a different caption in order to fit our theme and the prayers on the page.

We only accept photos that are emailed to us at We no longer accept prints in the post.

Please email photos by 13 January 2020.

All photos must be sent as digital high-resolution files (min 300dpi at print size and ideally JPEG files). 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 to send them (it’s free and easy).

Photographs must be your own copyright. If you take a photograph of a piece of artwork (e.g. 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.

The images can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your photo will be the copyright of Methodist Church Purposes.

Images are often reproduced very small so they must be bold images that will work well at a small size (i.e. no group shots).

If you have any queries, please contact the editor (email

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