Prayer Diary December 2021

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!" Psalm 118:1

Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:

Wednesday 1   Hambleden Valley: Sue Lepp, Sue Morton. For our benefice as we prayerfully explore a vision for the way forward for the Hambleden Valley group of six churches. That those joining us for services at Advent and Christmas will be blessed! Frieth CE Combined School.

Thursday 2   Stonesfield with Combe Longa: Ralph Williamson, Helen Walker, Charlotte Oakeshott, Linda Soderberg. For our ‘ADVENTure' evenings in Advent, and our Christmas carol services. Combe CE Primary School.

Friday 3   High Wycombe: Hugh Ellis, Wendy Bull, Simon Dust, Christopher Owen, Joanna Gallant, Heather Graham, Gareth Morley, Simon Russell, Ant Dixon, Marie Jackson, Ruth Wooster, Jacqueline Lock, Janice Allerston, Debbie Dust, Jonathan Dade, Derek Lancaster, Heather Searle, Allison Smale, Lyn Gooch, Jenny Roughan, Janice Allerston, Barbara Prior, Erica Holt, Robyn Connelly, Kat Aboud. For all in leadership in the Wycombe team: for wisdom, courage and care as the demands of the Christmas season increase, and for a sustainable workload. High Wycombe CE School.

Saturday 4   Loudwater: Danny Rodgers, Geri Shiels, Emily Plumridge, Debbie Henry, Arne Tielburger, Mark Humphries, Charlotte King, Alison Rodgers, David Clarke, Ruth Parry-Jennings. For our Christmas services – particularly Carols by Candlelight on 19 December and Family Christingle on Christmas Eve. For the Lord to provide the financial resources we need to fulfil the vision he has given us.

Monday 6   Hughendon: Keith Johnson, Tracey Jones, Helen Peters, David Tester. For our Alpha course, that all those involved would encounter Jesus in a living, transforming way. For our Advent and Christmas services, that God would draw many to engage with our church. Great Kingshill CE Combined School.

Tuesday 7   Hazlemere: Mark Meardon, Claire Gerard, Dominic Meering, Caragh Barnes, Chris Sacre. For our recently launched Trinity Centre and Atrium Café; for the ministries that are already taking place and for the missional opportunities that these new facilities will enable. For our community as we seek to serve them this Christmas and share the good news of Jesus Christ through a range of services and events for all ages. Hazlemere CE Combined School and Nursery.

Wednesday 8   Flackwell Heath: James Dwyer, Isaac Knight, Martin Courtney, Debbie Fox, Sue Simpson. For our Christmas services and events, that many will hear the good news of Jesus, Emmanuel: God with us. In particular, for our Christmas in the Darkness service, a space for those who find the Christmas season difficult. Pray that we would continue to grow even deeper links with the community we serve, that we might be able offer love and kindness in word and deed.

Thursday 9   South Chilterns Team Ministry: Mark Ackford, Philip Smith, Judy Taylor, Heather Ford-Lark. For our village communities of Cadmore End, Lane End, Ibstone and Stokenchurch; for our mission and outreach to those communities, especially the work of the Community Matters Foodbank as we enter the season of Christmas. For the five primary schools that are part of our parish; for the children, staff and governing bodies. Give thanks for our two church schools, at Cadmore End and Ibstone, and the Christian values that form a part of the ethos of those schools.

Friday 10   Great Marlow with Marlow Bottom, Little Marlow and Bisham: Dave Bull, Sarah Fitzgerald, Graham Watts, Sami Watts, Sarah Jones, Mark Gould, Matt Clark, Mieke Gaynor. For God to draw new people to faith in Jesus through our Advent and Christmas services. For the Holy Spirit's guidance on our plans for 2022. Bisham CE Academy, Holy Trinity CE School, Little Marlow CE School, Marlow CE Infant School.

Saturday 11   Steeple Aston with North Aston and Tackley: Marcus Green, Richard Bailey. For the continuing recovery of good health for our rector. For the prosperity and finances of our churches and the spiritual strength of their churchwardens. For our PCCs as they balance their churches' needs with increasingly limited resources. For the health of our congregations and a return to normal church life. Dr Radcliffe's CE Primary School, Tackley CE Primary School.

Monday 13   Abingdon-on-Thames: Charles Miller, Paul Smith, Jennifer Brown, Charles Masheder, Gwen Bevington. For a blessing on Christmas services and plans for early 2022. For health and wellbeing among the team.

Tuesday 14   Abingdon Deanery: Helen Kendrick, Sue Scott, Karen Landon, Martin Steel. For the successful recruitment of a new Deanery Secretary to help support the work of the Area Dean and the Lay Chair. For the Revd Stephen Coe, newly licensed as Interim Priest-in-Charge of Dry Sandford, Shippon and Wootton, and for the Revd Nick Weldon, newly licensed as Interim Priest-in-Charge of Marcham with Garford.

Wednesday 15   Damascus: Helen Kendrick, Philip Sutton, Meg Heywood, Rosie Bruce, Alex Landsbert, Jack Jarvis. For the planning of all the Christmas services and events across the parish and for our work in the schools through Open the Book assemblies and 'Experience' events in the church. For a successful stewardship campaign. St Blaise CE Primary School, St Michael's CE Primary School, Sutton Courtenay CE Primary School.

Thursday 16   Cumnor: Jonathan Widdess, Helen Azer, Neil Grady, Eve Lockett. For our Christmas outreach as we look to rebuild our congregations after the pandemic. For St Andrew's as the building work on our new church building continues. Cumnor CE Primary School.

Friday 17   Woodstock Deanery: Jeremy Auld, Stephen Jones, Stephanie Lacey, Maria Coonick, Mike Sinfield. For strength and encouragement for our clergy and lay ministry teams as we seek to rebuild our communities following the pandemic.

Saturday 18   Eynsham and Cassington: Duncan Fraser, Roger Aston, John Underwood, Steve Hellyer, Chris Sugden, Andrew Atherstone, Carmen Fraser, Olly Shaw. For our Christmas engagement with youth, children and families across the benefice. For a renewed sense of calling to resilient discipleship as we emerge from the pandemic. For our licensed clergy, other clergy who minister in the benefice, and paid youth/children's workers. St Peter's CE Primary School.

Monday 20   Woodstock and Bladon: Jeremy Auld, Annette Wade, Shaun Henson, Stephen Pix, Ben Knighton. For financial resources and people to rebuild our ministry to children and young people. The Marlborough CE School, Woodstock CE Primary School, Bladon CE Primary School.

Tuesday 21   Yarnton with Begbroke and Shipton-on-Cherwell: Oliver Petter, Jim Turner. For our ministry to young people. For the major building projects being carried out at all three of our churches.

Wednesday 22   Wootton with Glympton and Kiddington: Stephen Jones, Jenny Wagstaffe. For outreach to the community. For increasing support for the care of our medieval churches. Wootton-by-Woodstock CE Primary School.

Thursday 23   Barton: Jane Wright, Susan Small, Stephanie Lacey, David Jackson. For God's blessing on all events in church and community over the December period. For children, parents and staff at Middle Barton School and Pre-school, and for schools beyond the benefice which are attended by children who live in our villages.

Friday 24   Hanborough and Freeland: Steve Stewart, Michael Madden, Clive Berry, Roger Faulkner, Hugh Dalton. For the growth that we have seen in recent months to continue. For the launch of our Christian basics courses in the new year. Freeland CE Primary School, Hanborough Manor CE School.

Saturday 25   Hedsor with Bourne End: For the churchwardens, congregation and all who are looking after the benefice during the interregnum. Pray that God will soon provide the right person for the post of Rector.

Monday 27   West Wycombe with Bledlow Ridge, Bradenham and Radnage: Jenny Ellis, Linda Richardson, Anne Cooper, Veronica Beaumont. For the vision we have for our benefice, especially in the light of current uncertainties over St Lawrence's church. Pray that we would get the right new incumbent soon. Radnage CE Primary School.

Tuesday 28   North Abingdon: Keith Dunnett, Vanessa Watts, Katherine Cooke, Philip Cooke, Rebecca Peters, David Lever, Rosalind Steel, Anne Taylor, Derek Walker, Alan Wallis, Colin Wood, Paul Brombley, Stephanie Addenbrooke, Bea Ellaby, Heather Hughes, Joy Clough. For the launch of a mentoring programme for adults, seeking to support people in maturing as disciples of Jesus at key moments in their lives. For our outreach into the community, with the Foodbank, The Barns Café, older peoples' work and schools' work. St Nicolas CE Primary School.

Wednesday 29   Wooburn: Paul Cudby, Doral Hayes. For the leading of the Holy Spirit for the PCC as we develop our new vision. For our Forest Church as we reach out to those who feel more spiritually at home outside in the natural world. St Paul's CE Combined School.

Thursday 30   Radley, Sunningwell and Kennington: Rob Glenny, Alison Mathew, Glynis Beckett, Sue Sowden, Pat Bhutta. Pray that, following all our Advent and Christmas events, many will be encouraged to join our Being With course in the new year. St Swithun's CE Primary School, Radley CE Primary School, Sunningwell CE Primary School.

Friday 31   Marcham with Garford and Shippon: Nick Weldon, Rob Finch, Jill Rowe. For Nick as he starts his ministry in Marcham with Garford, and for the church as they seek to be light and salt to the community around them. Marcham CE Primary School.

Prayer on Sundays

Sunday 5   For Bishop Gavin, confirming in Langtree Benefice.

Sunday 12   For all our clergy at this busy time; that God would sustain and bless them.

Sunday 19   For Andrew Anderson-Gear, Director of Mission and Ministry in the diocese.

Sunday 26   For the Revd Dr Andrea Russell, Director of Formation for Ministry in the diocese.