Prayer life and events

  Prayer helps us draw close to God. It's a means of listening to Him and being guided by Him, not just making requests and petitioning Him. We encourage our Church family to pray together and to learn to listen to God.

Prayer requests

We're delighted to pray for anyone who wishes it. Confidentiality is assured if that's what you prefer. Just let us know a few details about what the issue is so that we know how to pray into the situation. Prayer request slips are available on the pews in Church and, once completed, can be left in the prayer box at the back of the Church. Please do let us know if we can support you prayerfully. We also pray for people, in person, after our Sunday service - sometimes informally in the Carriage House while we're having tea and coffee. This is particularly appreciated by people who have illnesses of one kind or another who are seeking healing. In this case, it's helpful to pray in person as the laying on of hands adds another dimension to the prayer. Praying together also helps to strengthen the fellowship between us. If you'd like to be prayed for after the service, you can ask anybody you feel drawn to ask - but if it helps to have a named person please speak to Shona Yule, one of our Prayer Co-ordinators. Shona, pictured left and in the download at the foot of this page, can also be contacted via the Contact Us page. 

Online resource - how to pray

Prayer can be both a challenge and a mystery. Yet fellowship and communication are at the heart of every Christian’s life. So how can we grow and get better at it and enjoy it, as was intended?  In the six weeks leading up to Easter 2014, the Church ran discussion groups, exploring aspects of personal prayer, based around themes from the Lord's Prayer. All six video sessions plus relevant notes are available at for anyone who wasn’t able to attend but now wishes to take a look. Designed to fuel the prayer life of churches, but useful for those who want to explore prayer alone, this course comes from the people behind the Alpha Course and 24-7 prayer.  We highly recommend it.


Matthew 21:22  "And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith"


Lent bible study

In 2015, our weekly home groups decided to read The Epic by John Eldredge, watch the accompanying DVD together and work though the study guide. Here's a summary from the book's back cover:  Life, for most of us, feels like a movie we've arrived to forty minutes late. Sure, good things happen, sometimes beautiful things. But tragic things happen too. What does it mean?We find ourselves in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, usually a confusing mixture of both, and we haven't a clue how we make sense of it all. No wonder we keep losing heart. We need to know the rest of the story. For when we were born, we were born into the midst of a great story begun before the dawn of time. A story of adventure, of risk and loss, heroism...and betrayal. A story where good is warring against evil, danger lurks around every corner, and glorious deeds wait to be done. Think of all those stories you've ever loved - there's a reason they stirred your heart. They've been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young. There is a larger story. And you have a crucial role to play.   

Pray for persecuted Christians around the world

Please pray for the work of Open Doors who seek to support persecuted Christians in North Korea. Since 2002, North Korea has been at the top of Open Doors 'Watch List' - the most difficult and dangerous place to be a Christian in the world. Around the world, Christians face violence, abuse and even death. They are prevented from gathering for worship and from sharing their faith with others. You can download Open Doors prayer resources, including 'Its time to wake up the extreme persecution' via the link, above.

Pray for our young people

Please pray regularly for our young people as they grow in faith. Pray for the newly established Sunday evening group that meets together for fun and fellowship and for the youth leaders from both Pencaitland and Ormiston Churches. Give thanks for the occasional breakfast praise services that are led by our young people. And please pray too for   Pray for Schools Scotland and Prayer Spaces in Schools.

Pray for people in poverty  

We pray regularly for people living in poverty and for the organisations locally that work to support them such as Bethany Christian Trust and Christians Against Poverty. Please pray for homeless people sleeping rough on the streets of Edinburgh, many of whom have addiction problems.

Pray that God will bless the work of the Church and equip us to serve our community

We pray regularly that God will bring new people to join our Church community and also raise up others from within it to work for His glory. Pray that we never lose sight of the fact that things are not achieved in our own strength, but in God's.

Praying together regularly in corporate prayer

Our Church has a number of prayer groups that meet throughout the week. Prayer is the engine room of a Church and we encourage all from our Church community to join together in corporate prayer. Initially, praying aloud in the company of others can feel daunting and it's perfectly O.K. to remain quiet if that's what you prefer, or to pray only brief prayers. It's more important that you're there since God promises to be amongst groups of people who pray together.

Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them"

Men's prayer breakfast

Once a month, a group of men from our Church community get together early on a Saturday morning for a prayer breakfast. It's a time of prayer and encouragement over food since food and fellowship go together so well. Men of different ages and stages along their Christian walk participate and the group is growing in number with men from other local Churches now joining in too. Group prayer is powerful and so we pray together for the needs in our lives, Church, community, nation and world. If you'd like to join us at the Carriage House, you'll be made most welcome. Please email the minister for details via the Contact Us page of this website.

Weekly home groups


There are several daytime and evening prayer and bible study groups that meet in people's homes throughout the week. Recent studies have included Romans 8 and Women of the Old Testament. If you're interested in finding out more please get in touch via the Contact Us page.

Recommended reading

Useful prayer websites

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