Mary Clarkson, Lord Mayor of Oxford 2009/10, Oxford
Jason Luff, Student, Oxford
Nina de Salis Young, , Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire
Evan Roberts, Student, Oxford
Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St Ebbe's Church, Oxford
Steve Gibbs, Oxford
Dr Damon So, Research Tuto, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Emma Hughes, American student, Oxford
Veronica Rodriguez, Argentine student, 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
Dave Leal, Theology and Philosophy lecturer, Oxford University, Oxford
Jan Sassenberg, Charity Worker , Ferry Road, Oxford
Caroline Wachui, Grandpont
Phyllis Merriman, Pensioner, Oxford
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.
Today is the first Big Breakfast event. For me it's wonderful to be part of something that I know that God wants. To see Christians in all areas meet together and know who our neighbours are, and who our fellow Christians are.
Definitely thinking of doing something ! Will be praying about it
I love this idea. We had our first prayer meeting last night - it was great!
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.
I’m a great believer in streetprayer. It’s wonderful for Christians from different churches to get together unitedly in love for one another, get to know each other and then encourage each other to get to know their neighbours. Our communities aren’t as strong as they might be. And if we Christians start by getting to know each other and then reaching out in love to others, that could make a real difference to our city. So I really commend the work of the prayer breakfasts.
I really enjoy meeting new people at the street breakfasts, it's refreshing and is creating a more caring community based on helping each other.
I am thankful to God for what you are doing. My prayer is that this ministry will grow throughout the UK and into Europe.
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.
It's a really good opportunity that we have as Christians to be together as one Church.
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.
We've seen people coming along who maybe haven't been to church for a very long time, and have been able to reconnect with other Christians through the prayer breakfasts.
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.
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.