Churches open prayer centre in youth hostel

People from across the Horsham churches gather for the opening of the House of Prayer
People from across the Horsham churches gather for the opening of the House of Prayer

The YMCA’s youth hostel in Horsham is now home to a new Christian prayer centre with a long term vision for it to be open seven days a week.

The official opening of the House of Prayer at the town’s Y-Centre in Albion Way earlier this month was attended by about 30 people including representatives of the YMCA and the Horsham churches.

It will be open every Saturday at 12.15pm for silent and open prayer for the community, particularly focusing on young people and the homeless.

Deputy moderator of Horsham Church Together Jan Walsh, who was involved with the project from the start, said: “David Standing, chief executive of Sussex Central YMCA gave us a lovely welcome and Brian White, our new moderator, put together and delivered a thoughtful and beautiful service. It was a very special occasion with a short worship service including a dedication prayer and a time of open prayer for the town and the local community.”

Others have said the House of Prayer could transform the town. Curate at St Mary’s, Horsham said: “It’s really a place for praying for the community, about the needs of the community and for what’s going on in the town.”

Phil Playfoot from Kings Church, Horsham, said: “God loves us and He loves Horsham and we really want to see God moving in this place. When we’re in difficulty, prayer is a natural human response. Historically when Christians gather together from all backgrounds for prayer the community is transformed and we are following the pattern of similar movements across the nation.”

Timothy Jackson from Life Community Baptist Church said: “The process of prayer has fast been neglected through the busyness of our culture. The first disciples saw Jesus pray and He teaches us to do the same thing now”