St Beuno’s Outreach: Prego Groups by Zoom Technology

Hello to all members of the Prego groups in the Wrexham diocese. I hope you are managing and adapting to the ‘different’ situation we and everyone else in the world find ourselves in.

Most of you know that Prego groups have been meeting in our churches, church rooms and in people’s homes across the diocese for many years now. Their purpose is to help people develop and maintain a personal relationship with God through Christ by praying the Word of God, and also by supporting each other by their shared faith and by their presence. We pray with and reflect on the Scripture readings for the Mass of the following Sunday (using material in the weekly ‘Prego leaflet’ produced by St Beuno’s Outreach). The groups are also a wonderful complement to ‘The God who Speaks’ initiative in this Year of the Word.

During this time of lockdown many people across our diocese are really appreciating coming together in our Prego groups to pray with others through the wonders of ‘Zoom’ technology. I realise that some of you do not have the electronic equipment to do this, and some may feel that the technology is beyond them. Others may feel zoomed groups are not the same as praying physically together as we do in the normal groups, just as watching a Mass on TV is not the same as attending Mass in church. But in the zoomed groups people meet together, they encourage each other, and by listening, help deepen each others faith. You are apostles often just by your presence in the group.

We are now warmly inviting anyone who might be interested to try out one of the ‘Zoom Prego Groups’ offered by the Outreach on different days of the week. You don’t have to be in a Prego group already; the groups are open to everyone – and a good number of the groups are ecumenical. They are welcoming and unthreatening, and do not require people to sign up to them long-term. They are led by the Prayer Guides and myself.

If you are interested, please do reply to this address (saintbeunosoutreach@gmail.com)

In the PDF/photo you can read about what happens during a Prego meeting by Zoom. You can also download the weekly Prego leaflet from our website at

https://stbeunosoutreach.wordpress.com

or sign up (on the blog there) to have it sent direct to your email each Friday.

 

You are also most welcome to invite other people you may know who might like to come along.

Let us remember each other in our prayers during these times, which, though difficult, are
underpinned with the peace and hope the Risen Lord always brings.

 

Sincerely in Christ,
Damian

Fr Damian Jackson SJ, St. Beuno’s, St. Asaph. LL17 0AS
Tel: 0753 102 1812

 

 

What happens during a Prego meeting by Zoom?

• All you need to join a Zoom group is access to the internet and a connecting device – a
smartphone, tablet, iPad or computer (laptop or desktop). You don’t have to have a Zoom
app, although it will be of help. The Zoom technology itself is quite easy to use but we are
very happy to arrange a ‘Zoom practice’ in advance for anyone unfamiliar with it!
(Zoom has also been updated recently and has a very good level of safety and
confidentiality).

• The Zoom group host will send out an invitation earlier in the week explaining how to join the group by clicking on a link. (At the moment there are about 10 groups meeting at
different times on various days of the week).

• On the day of the meeting, the Zoom host will ‘open the doors’ about 15 minutes before
the meeting starts so that people can arrive gradually and informally.

• Everyone is welcomed by the group leader, and this is followed by a time of coming to
quiet as we slowly enter prayer.

• Next we read a passage from the Sunday readings slowly and reflectively, often several
times over, and spend time in silence. There will be gentle suggestions as to how we might
pray the text we are using.

• An invitation to share our experience for a short time follows, often in small ‘breakout
groups’ – though no-one is ever put under any pressure to share unless they wish to do so.

• We then come together again as one group for a time of short intercessions, where we
share concerns for others and for the world. This is often very moving and provides
participants an opportunity to ask for prayers for a person they have promised to pray for.

• Before the meeting ends, everyone is invited (but only if they wish) to share a word or a
phrase on their experience of the meeting, and how they are now. Not infrequently, some
people just to prefer to listen – and this is fully respected.
N. B.

• For anyone who is unable to access the Zoom groups, we are happy to send out copies of the Prego leaflet by post.

• If anyone has any questions or points they would like more information on, please don’t
hesitate to send us an email on:

saintbeunosoutreach@gmail.com.

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