Ways of Praying

Ways of Praying



“There has never been a renewal of church life in Western Christianity without a renewal of prayer…it is in prayer, individually and together, that God puts into our minds new possibilities of what the Church can be.”       Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury


Starting Wednesday, November 30, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. A three-week Advent course exploring prayer and ways of praying, presented by Father David Beresford. Each session will conclude with Compline (Night Prayer).


Wednesday, November 30:   What is Prayer?

Why do we pray?

How do we pray?

Interceding for others.


Wednesday, December 7:  The Daily Office and Other Prayers

How private prayer merged in the liturgy of the Church

The Daily Office

Lectio Divina


Wednesday, December 14:   Movement, Physical Prayer & Contemplative prayer

Praying outdoors/in nature

Physical prayers – using hands and objects in prayer

Christian Meditation


David Beresford was ordained in the Church of England and served in parishes in West Sussex and Bedfordshire, including prison chaplaincy. Since 2015 he has served congregations within the Episcopal Church in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He has created and led a number of study courses, including Faith and Poetry, Ways of Praying, God and Us and Art and Faith. He also leads retreats and Quiet Days. His book Above and Below: Reflections on the Spiritual Journey, was published by Cedar Tree books in 2021. Father David holds a BA in Theology and Pastoral Studies from Leeds University. In 2022, he was awarded an MA in Theology from the University of Chichester. He currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife Ruth, who is also a priest.