Agape Prayer Group is an ecumenical group with a broad age range. Members come from many parishes in Sunderland, Durham and from the university whilst others have joined us from Alpha or are just curious.
The group has its roots in the charismatic renewal at Holy Rosary, Sunderland with Fr Cieran McDonald. When Holy Rosary Prayer group ended, Sr Regina started a charismatic prayer group at Oaklea Convent where it remained until moving to St Cecilias. Many of the group were baptised in the Spirit at Holy Rosary and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still active with tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy and sharing The Word of God. A core group of about 8 form a Christian Life Community Group that has given strong spiritual support and formation after the Ignatian tradition since 1999.
Around 15 – 20 people regularly attend but there can be many more as all are welcome at any time. We share praise and worship, scripture, spiritual gifts, intercession and periods of silence to listen to The Holy Spirit and to each other. Before the pandemic, we organised ecumenical speakers who shared their testimony, experiences or scripture and we hope that we will soon be able to resume this source of encouragement. Some members attend Sr Michael’s bible studies and share with the group which is a rich source of knowledge for us all.
The group has been very active in the community with The Millenium Celebration at The Stadium of Light, The Tour of the Team from the Divine Retreat Centre in Potta, Kerala, India and in hosting Life In The Spirit Seminars and other opportunities to explore and share our faith. Members of the group are active in parishes and support RCIA and Alpha. One of our members organises a daily prayer/scripture text to all who wish to receive it and co-ordinates a prayer support network that has wide links throughout the Diocese and far beyond.
Members of the prayer group have been part of a prayer ministry team in the Diocese and have taken part in Celebrate weekends and other services of healing with Fr Kevin, Fr Sean and more recently with Fr Phillip and Fr Emmanuel in keeping with current Diocesan guidelines. The group has also supported young people who are exploring their vocations to religious life or the deaconate and we love to keep in touch.
During the pandemic, we met on Zoom and the word from the Holy Spirit was not to look to the past but to the new works of The Holy Spirit. The group warmly embraces Charis and hopes to contribute to the vision of Pope Francis in the Diocese.
When we meet:
Mondays at 8.00pm in St Cecilia and St Patrick’s church hall, Sunderland.
Contact details and further information:
Tel. 07495 578716