Together We Pray campaign launch

How, why and when we pray aren't usually topics that we chat about with our friends and family.

This year, the Church of Scotland wants to change this and bring prayer to the forefront with the launch of a brand new initiative, Together We Pray.

The campaign, which will run until next May, is being launched by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, and Rev Dr Martin Scott, Secretary to the Council of Assembly.

It will encourage members of the Church of Scotland to join together in prayer, and include resources which will be made available online over the next few months.

National Day of Prayer

On Saturday 25 November there will be a National Day of Prayer which people the length and breadth of the country can take part in.

Explaining the background to the project, Rev Dr Martin Scott said: "The General Assembly issued a call for the church to pray, specifically for God to renew us and to pray about the future of the Church.

"We hope that you will join us in this event of prayer across the whole year."

A steadying point

In a video to mark the beginning of Together We Pray, which was filmed in the suitably idyllic location of Duddingston Kirk in Edinburgh, Dr Browning spoke about how prayer is "essential to everything that I do."

"I find what prayer does is give me a steadying point at the beginning and at the end of the day," he added.

"I can look to the future and I can also review what has happened."

The call to prayer grew out of last year's On the Road meetings, which were held around the country to listen to the hopes and concerns of church members and to explore the challenges of ministry and discipleship in the 21st century.

Other events which will tie in with Together We Pray include the 'How we Pray' video series, a Prayer Diary, and further On the Road dates when folks can see how plans for the future are shaping up.

Find out more on the Church of Scotland website

A view of Duddingston loch
A view of Duddingston loch