Prayer Room Sign Up

The prayer room at Abbey Baptist Church is open for 24 hours from 7pm on Friday 27th March to 7pm on Saturday 28th March as part of the 40 Days of Prayer.

Sign up for an hour or more in the prayer room using our online booking form. If booking for more than just yourself then please put the number of people in your party in brackets after your name. Note that the size of the prayer room limits the total capacity to about 15 people.


If you want to book the room for exclusive use then please Contact Us to discuss and we'll sort out the booking for you.

Note: If you are prompted about accepting "cookies" during the sign up then please allow this. The cookie used by the 24/7 prayer sign up page lets it remember that you are logged in.

See below for more information about the prayer room.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions, we'd be happy to help.

Prayer Room Info

How do I get there?

See the map above. (Use the + to zoom in.) The address of the church building is Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BE. The building is next door to The Blade and behind Reading Central Library.

Bus

As the church building is in the town centre there is easy access by bus from many places in Reading. See the Reading buses maps, journey planner or phone app for more details.

 

Car

The nearest car park (about a 5 minute walk) is Queen's Road Car Park (postcode RG1 4AR). Exit the building at the rear by the river, walk over the river on the foot bridge, go along the river bank to the left, turn right up Highbridge Wharf, left onto Kings Road then cross and take the first turning on the right which is Abbey Square. Follow the road round and you will find the church building on your right. The Oracle car parks are also near-by but be aware that the Holy Brook car park is not open 24 hours.

There is some on-street parking in Abbey Square, Abbey Street and Kings Road but it is often busy during the day. Check ticket machines for details of charges.

For those praying during the evening and night there will be 4 coned-off parking spaces available outside the church building from 4.30pm in the evening to 8.30am in the morning. Please move the cone, unclip the chain if one is present, and use one of these. The spaces are narrow and separated by metal posts so please park carefully. To drive to the church building go anti-clockwise around the IDR so that you can turn left into King's Road when you have the Prudential building visible on your right. Drive along King's Road, turn right into Abbey Street, and follow the road into Abbey Square. The postcode is RG1 3BE.

Train

The church building is about a 10 minute walk from the central Reading station. 

What do I do when I arrive?

Please arrive a few minutes before you are due so that there is a smooth handover and you have time to speak to those about to leave, or staying on with you. Ring the doorbell and another intercessor, member of the 10 days team or member of staff from Abbey Baptist Church will let you in.

What about disabled access?

The prayer room is upstairs in Abbey Baptist Church but there is a lift available for those who need it.

How should I prepare?

If you're not used to spending an hour in prayer then you might find it helpful to build up the time you spend with the Lord and experiment with prayer before you come. The focus of the 40 days of prayer is to spend time in God's presence, repent for ourselves and our town and to pray for Reading. As you prepare to come to the prayer room it would be good to ask the Lord how you should use your time. He might also place more specific things on your heart to pray about.

Some resources on prayer:

What should I bring?

You might find it helpful to bring a bible and notebook with your ideas for prayer and so that you can write down anything the Lord shows you during your time. There will also be a journal in the room for you to write in so that your thoughts, insights, scriptures can be seen by others and we can build up a picture of what God is saying over the ten days.

 

If you're praying over night then you may grow cold due to the body's natural rhythm so an extra layer of clothing or blanket would be useful. If staying for a while overnight then snacks might also be helpful.

How can I use my time in the prayer room?

You might find something like this helpful:

  • Arrive a few minutes early.

  • Chat to the person / people you are taking over from.

  • Make a cup of tea!

  • Read through the prayer journal in the room.

  • Read anything written on walls, paintings, drawings etc.

  • Settle down to a time of listening / bible reading.

  • Make notes of anything significant that you feel God is saying in the room's prayer journal.

  • Hand over to the next pray-ers.

What do I do when I'm ready to leave?

If you're the only person in the prayer room then please wait for the next occupant(s) to arrive. If they're delayed then call the on-duty member of the 10 days team. Their details will be in the room.

What if there is a problem?

Call the on-duty member of the 10 days team or member of staff from Abbey Baptist Church. Their details will be in the room.

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