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21 April 2016

For Those Who Don’t Do Church

Ben Thomas photo Ben Thomas Director of Operations
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Trypraying is an idea for people who aren’t religious, who don’t do church. It’s for a traffic planner, a shop manager, a writer, a designer, an entrepreneur, a civil engineer, and everyone else.

When I was at school, one of my friends, Charles, was interested in finding out more about God but had big questions. I asked him, ‘If Jesus was real, would you want to meet him?’

‘Yes,’ he answered.

I challenged him, 'Why not ask him: "Jesus, if you are real show yourself to me"?'

We prayed together. Afterwards, Charles acknowledged that he believed that there was a God, but continued to have many questions and, in the time I knew him, never committed his life to Jesus.

But that reflex — the desire to reach out to God — is basic to many, many people. Trypraying is a resource for people like that — people with no church connection or interest, but who are open to find out about God.

The trypraying booklet is a seven-day prayer guide. We are using it to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement. Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?

Trypraying contains stories of answered prayer, ideas of things to do, important themes about how to connect with God, and honest prayers. It’s an outrageous exposure to the grace and power of God. It’s an invitation to start a conversation with God over seven days.


Use It and Lose It from trypraying on Vimeo.


Churches in Southampton have come together and have placed an order for trypraying ads to appear on the city buses. The ads will run in fortnightly cycles and will begin appearing on the backs of buses this week and will finish in early May. The peak coverage will be 21 April to 1 May.

Why not pick up a booklet and use it for seven days, then pass it on? You can pick one up from the racks in Above Bar Church, or you can download one for free from the trypraying website. There’s also an app version (for Apple, Android and Windows phones), and versions of the booklet suitable for children and youth.

If you want more information about the project, visit www.trypraying.co.uk and watch a longer video which explains the project and tells some stories of people who have been powerfully affected when they tried praying.

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