You may feel moved to pray during your visit and you are welcome to do so, on your own or as part of a service. Find out more about why, how and some simple suggested prayers you can follow if you wish.
Prayer is a vital part of worship and communicating with God.
Prayers can be said at any time though traditionally they are said in the morning and evening, and in a quiet place.
Prayers are also said at church services which are commonly on Sunday mornings and evenings, though many churches will also hold mid-week services. Check with the parish for details.
Traditionally prayers are said from a kneeling position with the palms of the hands together, though really you can pray anyhow and anywhere - whilst walking, sitting, standing - whatever is comfortable.
Prayers are often silent, but can also be said or sung aloud together. The word ‘Amen’ is often said at the end of a prayer, particularly if the prayer has been said by another individual. This is a Hebrew word of agreement meaning ‘so be it’.
Some churches will have prayer or votive candles on a stand. There is often a suggested donation for these. Candles are lit for several reasons, but they also help focus thoughts and are often lit in contemplation of another.
If there is a church warden or member of clergy available in the church, they will usually be happy to pray with you if you would like them to.
A church can provide a peaceful environment to focus thoughts and support prayer. Some busier churches may have a chapel dedicated to private prayer.