Caroline Wachui, Grandpont
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
Lorna Smith, Chemistry lecturer, Oxford University, Oxford
Dave Leal, Theology and Philosophy lecturer, Oxford University, Oxford
Beth Knowles, Banbury Road, North Oxford
Marcus Roberts, Rivers of Life Churches, Oxford
Phyllis Merriman, Pensioner, Oxford
Veronica Rodriguez, Argentine student, Oxford
Jan Sassenberg, Charity Worker , Ferry Road, Oxford
Beth Knowles, Banbury Road, North Oxford
Nina de Salis Young, , Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire
Jason Luff, Student, Oxford
Mary Clarkson, Lord Mayor of Oxford 2009/10, Oxford
We even had a note saying how much the event had been appreciated!
John and Annie, Hurst Lane, Cumnor, Oxford
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%.
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.
Streetprayer is important to me because it's all about building community, and community with God as the centre
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.
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.
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.
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
It's a really good opportunity that we have as Christians to be together as one Church.
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.
Thank you for your prayers. Four people came to the breakfast, and I had three apologies from ones who would have liked to come, but couldn't manage that day. I felt very encouraged and when I went to church the next day, someone asked me about it and was enthusiastic about developing this idea in our area. I'm aiming to have another one on 21st April and will exend the invitation a bit further.
I love this idea. We had our first prayer meeting last night - it was great!
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.
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.
Definitely thinking of doing something ! Will be praying about it
We had 6 altogether for Breakfast - all from our Lane. 3 new people. Very enjoyable event. Good discussion, worship and prayer time