Dave Leal, Theology and Philosophy lecturer, Oxford University, Oxford
Mark Macau, Oxford
Marcus Roberts, Marston, Oxford
Dr Damon So, Research Tuto, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Jason Luff, Student, Oxford
Jan Sassenberg, Charity Worker , Ferry Road, Oxford
Steve Gibbs, Oxford
Suzanne C, Barton, Oxford
Lorna Smith, Chemistry lecturer, Oxford University, Oxford
Evan Roberts, Student, 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
We even had a note saying how much the event had been appreciated!
John and Annie, Hurst Lane, Cumnor, Oxford
Mary Clarkson, Lord Mayor of Oxford 2009/10, Oxford
Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St Ebbe's Church, Oxford
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.
It's marvellous! Two or three people, ten or twenty, it will be wonderful because God is going to be here amongst us.
We're now in our fifth year of holding breakfasts or other events once a month and this Saturday's was a great delight and surprise! Of the 45 or so present there were about 10 new people from the Marston area, some who don't yet belong to any congregation. The spirit of love, praise and prayer was very touching. We hope to build on this in the months to come.
I am thankful to God for what you are doing. My prayer is that this ministry will grow throughout the UK and into Europe.
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.
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.
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 did go ahead with a prayer breakfast. There were only two of us there, but it was a good time & well worth meeting and praying. Really enjoyed connecting with another Christian who lives across the road.
Streetprayer is important to me because it's all about building community, and community with God as the centre
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.
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.
We had 6 altogether for Breakfast - all from our Lane. 3 new people. Very enjoyable event. Good discussion, worship and prayer time
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’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.