Prayer Diary March 2020

Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.
1 Chronicles 16:11

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

Monday 2   Our link Diocese of Vaxjo, Sweden: For the events arranged to mark the 850th anniversary of the diocese and for those who organise them; for the life of the diocese and its members to be shaped increasingly by the conviction that 'God's grace is all one needs.'

Tuesday 3   Bicester with Bucknell, Caversfield and Launton: Verena Breed, Ian Biscoe, Peter Wright, John Bentley, April Beckerleg, Peter Hill, Erika Biscoe, Carol Hill, Emma Carter. For God's guidance as we seek his will for our mission and ministry, especially for our work with children and youth. For the Community Cafe and the new Family Service at Launton, that they might continue to grow; for the building and re-ordering projects at St Edburg's, Bucknell and Caversfield; for the resources to support work in expanding our existing church communities and to take the gospel to more new people. St Edburg's Primary School, Launton Primary School.

Wednesday 4   Shelswell: Alice Goodall, Yvonne Mullins, Penny Wood, Jen Iddon. For preparation for Lighthouse Shelswell, our children's holiday club, to take place in July this year. For those preparing for confirmation in July. Finmere Primary School, Fringford Primary School.

Thursday 5   Cherwell Valley: Helen Barnes, Andrew Foran. Pray that the churches may increasingly be a tangible presence of God's love in the communities. That the new Bereavement Group will answer a need in the wider area. Fritwell Primary School.

Friday 6   Rousham: For Richard Smail and the church community.

Saturday 7   Akeman Benefice: Gareth Miller, Paul Clifford. For the appointment of a new House for Duty priest. For our Governance and Finance Review. Bletchingdon Parochial Primary School, Chesterton Primary School, Kirtlington Primary School.

Monday 9   Aylesbury Deanery: David Williams, Jonathan Hawkins, David Lillycrop, Ann Beaton, Tania Dovey. For churchwardens and their PCC leadership teams who are managing the three vacancies in the deanery. For funding to support our churches in Northern Aylesbury.

Tuesday 10   Aylesbury: Doug Zimmerman, Gareth Lane, Peter Wheeler, Rainah Madzorera, Julie Willis. For those preparing for Holy Baptism and Confirmation at the Easter Eve service. For Aylesbury churches to respond with grace and love to those moving into new housing around the town. Berryfields Primary Academy, St Mary's Combined School.

Wednesday 11   Bernwode: Jenny Edmans. For all our PCCs in the seven parishes of our benefice and especially for our churchwardens as we go through the process of discernment for the appointment of a new incumbent. For God's guidance and wisdom during this time of change in the benefice. For growth in faith, hope and love. For the staff and pupils of Brill Primary School and the prayer space week held there in April.

Thursday 12   Risborough: David Williams, Tony Bundock, Norbert Mutuku, Michael Hunt, Pat Kerr, Graham King, Averil Stephenson, Tony Eccleston, Avril Clark. For Monks Risborough and Owlswick Churches in vacancy. For David Williams, the Area Dean and Team Rector, and the team who assist him in local mission and ministry. St John's Primary School, Longwick Combined School, Monks Risborough Primary School, Speen School.

Friday 13   Walton Holy Trinity: Charles Trefusis, Ray Pentland, Robert Legge, Martin Roper, Christine Pentland, Glynis Axtell, Amy May.

Saturday 14   Wychert Vale: Jonathan Hawkins, Trish Mander, Philip Groves, Nigel Featherston, David Robinson, Olive Khurt, Adrian Collier, Gordon Khurt, Precious Dube. For our search for a new Rector that culminates in interviews on 27 March. That the ongoing growth in the numbers of families and young children will be matched by spiritual growth in people of all ages. Cuddington and Dinton School, Haddenham St Mary's School, Stone Combined School.

Monday 16   Worminghall with Ickford, Oakley and Shabbington: David Kaboleh. For our new Headteacher and Governors at Oakley Church of England Combined School as they settle in their new roles. For funds for refurbishing St Mary Oakley Church and a new kitchen and toilet. For God's blessing on our new mission initiatives in the benefice, such as Cafe Church. Oakley Combined School.

Tuesday 17   Long Crendon with Chearsley and Nether Winchendon: Richard Phillips, John Scholefield. For our adult Alpha course, especially for a time to be found that works for people who have expressed an interest. For our Lent course and its leader, Ann.

Wednesday 18   Bierton and Hulcott: Dan Beesley. Bierton Combined School, Buckingham Park Primary School.

Thursday 19   Bedgrove: Martin Kuhrt, Katherine Watt, Nick Collard. For our church as we begin to consider the areas of evangelism and church planting within the benefice. That we can continue with our aim of being more of a hub for the local community.

Friday 20   Southcourt: Colin Hartley.

Saturday 21   Broughton: Phil White, Shirley Bull, James Talbot, James Yielder, Lydia Yielder. For our vision to be owned by all. For the new Spirit Cafe initiative to become a reality in the autumn.

Monday 23   Bracknell Deanery: Guy Cole, Tracey Williams, Caroline Kallipetis, Jan Glaze, Chris Boutle. For plans for Ranelagh School Chaplaincy. For the Bracknell Town Centre Mission project.

Tuesday 24   Bracknell: Jim Barlow, Malcolm Chalmers. For our 'Difference' Lent Course. For Janet, our new Music Director at Holy Trinity. Ranelagh School.

Wednesday 25   Warfield: Catharine Mabuza, Michelle Porter-Babbage, David Brown, David Ritchie, Dave Cappleman, Sam Mortimer, Michael Summers, Adrian Laws, Adam Brown. For our newly launched Decade of Adventure in sharing the love of Jesus with the world. Pray that we would truly learn what it is to be adventurous in our faith. For wisdom and discernment as we work on what our priorities should be as we live this vision out. Warfield Primary School.

Thursday 26   Ascot Heath: Darrell Hannah, Pamela Davey, Sheila Shrigley. For the right person to come forward to be our churchwarden. For our developing youthwork and for the current leaders. Pray that other leaders with a heart for young people would come forward. Ascot Heath Primary School.

Friday 27   Binfield: Luke Taylor, Daisy Ridell. For the PCC as we discuss how to repair and improve All Saints over the coming years. For the children's holiday club running at Easter this year instead of our usual summer holiday club. Binfield Primary School.

Saturday 28   Easthampstead: Guy Cole. For the appointment of a new Associate Vicar. For the Church@the Pines Local Ecumenical Partnership celebrating its 30th Anniversary. St Michael's Primary School, Jennett's Park Primary School.

Monday 30   Winkfield, Cranbourne and Chavey Down: Huw Mordecai, Jennifer Jones, Stuart Ager. For all those doing so much extra while the Vicar is on sick leave. That new people would be willing to take on responsibilities at the APCM. Winkfield St Mary's Primary School.

Tuesday 31   Sunningdale: Jon Hutchinson, Terry Ward-Hall, Dolapo Ogunbawo. That the permissions we seek and the plans for the Transforming Trinity project will gain approval. That the activity of visiting every church member to discuss funding will be a positive time and be well received. Holy Trinity Primary School.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 1   Bishop Colin confirming at Radley College.

Sunday 8   Bishop Alan confirming at All Saints, High Wycombe.

Sunday 15   Bishop Colin confirming at Christ Church, Abingdon; Bishop Olivia confirming at Sunninghill; Bishop Alan confirming in Milton Keynes Deanery.

Sunday 22   Bishop Alan confirming at Stowe School and in Buckingham Deanery.

Sunday 29   Bishop Colin confirming at Marcham.