What is IPC?

WHAT?

The IRISH PRAYER CANOPY exists to CONNECT, CELEBRATE and SUPPORT the groups of praying people across the whole island of Ireland through strategic joint gatherings, online communities and encouraging their rhythms of prayer.

The IPC is non–denominational and is founded on worship, prayer and intercession. It recognises that there can be something very big in something very small and seeks to “join the dots” so that the many small clusters of praying people scattered across the land may recognise their strategic role as part of the mighty army who cry out in desperation for God to come.

We don’t see this as just another co–operative or network. We believe that as people connect, gather in unity of heart, mind and voice, and support each other in their rhythms of prayer that God Himself will become the canopy over the land, His presence changing lives in miraculous ways, and empowering His Bride to step into her true identity. One glimpse of His presence and everything changes. As His light and presence grow as a canopy over us, so darkness across our land will be diminished.

‘OVER ALL THE GLORY WILL BE THE CANOPY’ Isaiah 4:5 

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WHO?

IPC is for anyone in Ireland who already meets with others regularly to pray, and who desires to see God’s Kingdom come to this nation and beyond like never before. Whether you meet to pray at school or at work, at church or at a house of prayer, at a cafe or in the park; whether your group has 5 people or 50 people; and whether you have been meeting for a month, a year, or a decade, IPC is for you! Come along and discover that you are already playing your part in God’s plan for something much bigger and more exciting than you may have imagined.

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WHY?

WHY?

Prayer is not a new thing. Praying communities have existed for centuries in Ireland and people continue to pray today in churches, canteens, classrooms, cafes and beyond; the stories of answered prayers would fill a thousand books and we celebrate all that God has done and is doing. However, we believe that God is leading us into something new.

Over a number of years God has spoken through many prophetic words which all share a common theme: connected prayer across Ireland. He has spoken about “joining the dots”, “connecting points on a circuit board”, “connecting the Houses of Prayer” and “lighting the fires of prayer”. It is time to take notice of His leading.  Some time after these words were received, two prayer warriors were having a conversation about the many small and perhaps isolated groups of praying people in Ireland, when God interrupted the conversation. Together they began to dream… 

  • What would it be like if the many rooms of prayer in Ireland became part of one big house spread across the whole country?
  • What would it be like if there was ever to be continuous, sustained and orchestrated intercession across the region and nation?
  • What would it be like if, when people prayed where they were, they knew there were other groups ready to continue after their watch was over, fuelling unending prayer…every hour…every day…every month…every year?
  • What would it be like if those people felt encouraged to be connected and part of something bigger? 
  • In essence, what would it be like if the many prophetic words that had been given over the years came into fulfilment?

In response to these inspiring questions, IPC was born!

 

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When and Where?

IPC meets in various locations across Ireland around 6 times per year. There are two types of gatherings which serve slightly different purposes.

The Road Trip Gatherings: Members of IPC all travel to a pre–arranged location in Ireland, at the invitation of one of the participating prayer groups who will host the gathering. At these wider gatherings IPC members seek to encourage and support the host group by standing with them and blessing them in the place where God has planted them. We also share powerful times of worship and corporate prayer as we seek God together with united hearts, building the momentum of prayer and worship across the country.

The Special Connection Meetings: New for this year, IPC will also occasionally introduce more informal opportunities to connect with one another, build relationships and share faith–building stories of what God is doing across Ireland. These times of connecting will also take place in any location and could provide a useful forum through which to share relevant training for the needs of IPC members.

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HOW?

IPC is not a top–down model. It aims to facilitate the organic growth of connections between its members. It is our hope that as people dotted across the country gather to engage and pray with each other, that we will begin to see the dots join to make a shape which looks something like the Father’s heart for Ireland. Without the dots, no connections can be made — it only works when we all join in! So we warmly invite you to:

CONNECT with God and with others at our road trip gatherings and special connection meetings in various locations throughout Ireland. Sign up to our calendar of prayer. Stay in touch in–between times through our active social media links.

CELEBRATE the fact that you are not alone! Rejoice in what God is doing in other parts of the country and share your stories of breakthrough from home.

SUPPORT other groups in their God–given vision for their villages, towns and cities through continued encouragement and prayer — you could even take a road–trip of your own and visit other groups in–between official IPC gatherings! 

Through all of this our prayer is that individually and corporately, we will begin to expand our vision, our understanding, our passion, our influence…and ultimately, see God’s presence transforming the land as He is established as our canopy. 

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Who’s Praying?

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It’s so encouraging to see and hear of the many different expressions and rhythms of prayer happening across Ireland. 

People are gathering together to pray in Prayer Rooms, Houses of Prayer, Prayer Cells, Prayer Groups, Church Prayer Meetings, Community Prayer and just in twos or threes. 

The Irish Prayer Canopy seeks to be a way that all these different  expressions or rhythms may connect to form a canopy or covering of prayer over this island 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks each year. Each expression having it’s own identity and individuality but standing together as we pray for God’s presence and His Kingdom to come.

To find out who is praying when, and who is nearest to you then press on this link to the calendar.

 

Add Your Rhythm

Our desire is to see a canopy of prayer spread across land – with more and more groups joining to form a canopy of continuous prayer for this island. 

Would you like to get on board?

Then please fill in the detail below and we will add you to the schedule and keep you informed of what else is happening. 





Get Involved

As well as your own rhythm why not come to our bi–monthly gatherings, where people from all over the island of Ireland gather to pray for each other and also to pray blessing over the location where we gather. The location changes every time. The next date and location is

MONDAY 3rd April 2017 – BANGOR

Venue address: 96G Abbey Street, Bangor, BT20 4JB.

Down the lane to the left of Domino’s and it’s the top floor of the building on the right. Access is by an external staircase at the far end of the building.

Car parking is best in the council’s Abbey Street car park on the opposite side of the road.

Times: 7.30pm coffee. 8.00 pm Prayer/Worship.