Houses of Prayer

What is Houses of Prayer?

One of the foundational roles of church buildings is to be a ‘House of Prayer’. 

Church buildings could be described as ‘gateways’, ‘thin places’ that are set apart for people to connect with God. Creating spaces and resources for prayer is about how churches can work with their context to develop something meaningful. What a great treasure it is of the Church to provide space (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually), to meet with our Heavenly Father and to intercede for others!

How can your church further appreciate and understand how your church building is a house of prayer? How can you further support people in prayer, whether its during services, as visitors, or participants in activities or events?

Prayer Resources List offers useful links to help you think about creating prayer spaces or further resources for your church.


Would you like to be part of a group of parishes thinking about church buildings and grounds as Houses of Prayer? 

There are nearly 40 parishes participating in the Houses of Prayer Group so far.  It is not too late to join in with Houses of Prayer.  If you are interested in receiving the latest news and information about Houses of Prayer you should contact Rebecca Hathaway at


Next meeting, Saturday 28th March 2020

The next Houses of Prayer Event is Saturday 28 March 2020, 10am to 3pm, at the Oblate Retreat and Spirituality Centre, in Wistaston, near Crewe.  This is a time for prayerful reflection, led by Reverend Canon Veronica Hydon, sharing ideas and stories, and also discussing the practicalities. Ecclesiastical Insurance will provide a presentation on the practicalities of open churches, and take questions.

Booking is essential. If you are interested in attending this event, please book onto it using Eventbrite, using the following link:-


First Houses of Prayer meeting, 22nd January 2020, at Foxhill House and Woodlands 

The event was well attended with representatives of all deaneries, with a total of 34 people in attendance.  Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner at the Diocese of Chester, led the event and introduced the thinking and practicalities of Houses of Prayer, taking questions along the way. The attendees then split into groups and each group was given a specific area to focus on. These areas were 1) Churchyard Prayer Resources, 2) Prayer Walks 3) Prayer Stations and Interactive Activities 4) Prayer Courses (discipleship) 5) Open church buildings (outside service times for visitors) 5) Creativity (art and craft etc) and 6) Prayer Ministry and Prayer Meetings.

Each group was then invited to provide feedback on what they had discussed.  This provided some thought provoking ideas and questions.  This included the use of a plan of the churchyard displayed on the church noticeboard or lychgate, with four prayer stations, yarn bombing, prayer trees, encouraging someone to say the words of a hymn as a means of prayer, art trails and knitting sheep to take out to businesses to give them a name. Copies of the minutes are available. Please email

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