Nina de Salis Young, , Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire
We even had a note saying how much the event had been appreciated!
John and Annie, Hurst Lane, Cumnor, Oxford
Emma Hughes, American student, Oxford
Evan Roberts, Student, Oxford
Mary Clarkson, Lord Mayor of Oxford 2009/10, Oxford
Phyllis Merriman, Pensioner, Oxford
Jan Sassenberg, Charity Worker , Ferry Road, Oxford
Beth Knowles, Banbury Road, North Oxford
The Prayer Breakfasts have been a great time and we have become friendly with many people on our street. We have also helped to organise a Street Party in August 2010 which brought all the community together. At Christmas 2010 the Salvation Army band came to our street and we sang carols and shared mince pies, mulled wine etc. It was a great time and the Prayer Breakfast was the trigger that started all this.
Malcolm & Lin Anderson , Cowley, Oxford
Marcus Roberts, Rivers of Life Churches, Oxford
Veronica Rodriguez, Argentine student, Oxford
Caroline Wachui, Grandpont
Phyllis Merriman, Pensioner, Oxford
Mark Macau, Oxford
I love this idea. We had our first prayer meeting last night - it was great!
We had 6 altogether for Breakfast - all from our Lane. 3 new people. Very enjoyable event. Good discussion, worship and prayer time
As a visiting student from America, I had a lot on my mind when I arrived in Oxford, like “Would I make friends?” During my first week, a time when I was feeling very much alone in a strange country, I saw a flyer for the Edgeway Rd. Prayer Breakfast. I started going to the meetings which led to me making some wonderful friendships. It was great being able to greet my neighbours when I saw them on the street.
I have been living on Edgeway Road for 10+ years. All this time I did not feel a sense of belonging to or purpose for the street where I live. The prayer breakfast has opened up a door through which I have not only shared a meal with my neighbours but also prayer and conversation on matters that concern each individual.
The Streetprayer groups are doing a wonderful job in bringing people together, and celebrating what we have as a community. I was privileged to be invited to a prayer breakfast a few months ago and was struck by the warmth and peace of the meeting. As a local councillor, building strong communities is something I am passionate about. The prayer breakfasts draw people together as neighbours and build up a sense of belonging in a spiritual way beyond religious denomination or politics. I hope that they will continue to grow and thrive.
I live on my own. I love people and company. I also like singing hymns, so I enjoy it very much. I'm very pleased they knocked on my door that morning
I only started coming to the prayer breakfast in Edgeway road 2 months ago. I was surprised by the open, welcoming atmosphere. These were people with a heart for their community, people that wanted to put their faith into practice, break the anonymity amongst the residents in their street. I am so intrigued by the idea that I want to start the same prayer initiative where I live.
2nd June Our breakfast went really well this morning. We were 11 in total and I was beginning to panic about where we were going to sit everyone, but the Holy Spirit got the numbers just right, so that was fine. B came and also my friend M from Divinity Road. M2 who also came knows some people in Divinity Road who might be interested in going to a breakfast mentioned their names to M, so that was helpful. A friend of mine in Victoria Road, who I don't think has been to church for a while came, so that was really nice, plus another couple who live on the Banbury Road who've only been in Oxford for a year.
We moved into Bailey Road, Cowley three years ago and wanted to start developing friendships and making a difference in our community. We had heard about Street Prayer at Love Oxford and thought this would be a great opportunity for us. We held our first Prayer Breakfast in January 2009 and to date have held four of them. We called on all our neighbours personally and it became obvious from this that there was a need for a closer community. We never received any adverse comments even though we live on a multi-racial and multi-faith street.We also placed a notice board in our garden to advertise the events and this has proved to be very popular.
For me, Streetprayer is an answer to so many questions I had: Why is it that every Sunday we dash across the city to our various congregations year after year while all the time living alongside Christians we have never met or hardly know? Why is it that when "The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”, we spend so little time with our neighbours? Why do neighbours come and go, and we never get to know them? Streetprayer helps us to reverse that trend and see our neighbours coming into the Kingdom as a result. Having experienced it at work since 2007, we're deeply grateful to God for what Streetprayer has helped happen on our street and we highly commend it to you.
It's a really good opportunity that we have as Christians to be together as one Church.
Being new in the area, I was looking to be a part of my neighbourhood and when I heard about Streetprayer, it was a prayer answered. It's such an amazing work and better still, God is in it 100%.
I'm 83 now and getting around is more difficult. Meeting people on the street and singing praises together has been such a joy.
Definitely thinking of doing something ! Will be praying about it
It's marvellous! Two or three people, ten or twenty, it will be wonderful because God is going to be here amongst us.