Prayer Diary April 2019

'Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there”, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.'
Matthew 17:20

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

Monday 1   Wexham: Jill Bell. For our new priest, Revd Andrew Parry, who will be licensed on 3 April, and for his ministry in the Parish of Wexham. For our Licensed Lay Minister, Jill Bell, as she supports Andrew. Give thanks for the new opportunities that are opening up in the parish and deanery to build God's kingdom, and pray for wisdom and discernment as we build our ministry team at St Mary's.
Tuesday 2   Highfield: James Cocke, James Larminie and Eve Vause. For the performance of J.S. Bach's St John Passion in All Saints' Church on 6 April when our choir and professional musicians will be performing. For our Good Friday service when The Rt Revd David Jennings will be leading the Devotion of the Three Hours in All Saints' Church.
Wednesday 3   Blackbird Leys: Heather Carter and Adam Stevenson. For Oxford City Council as they make their decision on our planning application this month. If successful we will be heading into major fundraising for a complete rebuild of Holy Family, with a site that is fit for purpose and a useful place for the whole community. For funders and grant makers and for new partners that may be sharing ministry with us, that we will continue to be the heartbeat in the community.
Thursday 4   St John the Baptist, Manor Park and St Michael, Whitby Road: George Howard. For the homeless and under-privileged in our community. For the project to build a new church and community outreach building. Bishop Andrew confirming in Bradfield Deanery.
Friday 5   St Paul, Slough: Mike Cotterell, Helen Broadbent, Nadeem Azam, Judy Giles and Ronie Twunasi. For the completion of the major church revamp in June; that it will be on time and on cost. For Mike Cotterell as he retires this summer.
Saturday 6   Stoke Poges: Natasha Brady. Pray that we will see Stoke Poges Church continue to walk alongside others in our community, gaining strength to do so from God alone. For our young people to grow more confident in their faith. Pray that St Andrew's Coffee Shop will become a place of spiritual sustenance.
Monday 8   Iver: Robert Gooding and Jim Dashper. For growth, revival and renewed commitment. For a new churchwarden and for our PCC elections.
Tuesday 9   Iver Heath: Andrew Montgomerie. Pray that we may welcome families to our Easter services. For the continued growth and development of our monthly Jam Café.
Wednesday 10   Upton-cum-Chalvey: Andrew Allen, Alistair Stewart, Linda Hillier and Robert Walker. For our work with the Slough Homeless Forum and all varieties of homeless in the town centre. For our work with the voluntary sector in the town. Slough and Eton Business and Enterprise College, St Mary's school. Bishop Andrew confirming at Holy Trinity, Cookham.
Thursday 11   Cowley Deanery: Geoff Bayliss, Tony Phelan, Roger Burne, Ross Martin, Guy Harrison and Robin Ward. For unity as we develop the next steps in a deanery vision for growing God's kingdom in the streets, homes and places of work in Oxford East. For vision as we strive to develop buildings and activities that take the love of Christ beyond the church buildings.
Friday 12   Marston and Elsfield: Skye Denno, Andy Gosler, David Cranston, Ben Knighton, David Blair, Joel Denno and Stephanie Bullock. For the Community Easter Fun Day on 13 April and the Churches Together Palm Sunday Prayer Walk (new for 2019).
Saturday 13   Cowley: Geoff Bayliss, Richard Chand, Gemma Beesley, Mark Oxbrow, David Benskin, Tony Beetham, Mandy Watts and Alison Lockhart. For God's guidance as we seek to discern: the next generation of local leaders and ministers for the local congregation; the next steps for developing the buildings of St Francis Church and St James Church as they serve the kingdom of God in Cowley and East Headington. For God's blessing on the people of Cowley, that the character of Jesus will be seen in every aspect of community life. For strength, discernment and wisdom for the headteachers and governors of our five schools.
Monday 15   St John, Cowley: Philip Ritchie. For all those struggling with addictions of any kind in our community and for those caught up in the drugs trade. For the two churches in our parish and how we can best work and worship together. St Mary and St John's School.
Tuesday 16   West Downland: Miri Keen, John Avery and Julie Howell. For our preparations for Easter, in particular the informal Maundy Thursday Supper followed by torchlit walk to church for Holy Communion. For new PCC members elected at the church annual meetings. Brightwalton school, Chaddleworth St Andrew's and Shefford School, Welford and Wickham School.
Wednesday 17   St Andrew, Headington: Darren McFarland, Jennifer Strawbridge and Tim Howles. For the development of Young Church. That we will deepen our relationship with schools in the parish. St Andrew's School.
Thursday 18   St Mary, Headington: Eric Bossward and Benjamin Baker. For those preparing for baptism and confirmation at St Mary's, and for Ben who is preparing them. For our church reordering project. Praise God for very positive comments from the Diocesan Advisory Committee, the 20th Century Society, Oxford City Council, the local community and church family.
Friday 19   Britwell: Neil McCathie and Griff Griffiths. For the continued development of Craft Church, which has engaged many families. For ongoing provision for the homeless now that the winter night shelter has finished for the year.
Saturday 20   Iffley: Andrew McKearney, Sarah Mckearney and Mandy Watts. For the important work of Community Cupboard, an ecumenical project offering food and friendship each week. For Nicholaj Christenson and his family, to serve his curacy in the parish from this summer. Bishop Alan confirming at St Mary's, Aylesbury; Bishop Steven confirming at Christ Church Cathedral; Bishop Andrew confirming at Reading Minster.
Monday 22   Littlemore: Margreet Armitstead, Teresa Morgan, Hannah Cartwright and Ross Martin. For people to watch our project film ( because it is a vital tool for our fundraising. For God's blessings on the realising of the project so that the church may become the beacon of hope that people in our community so desperately need. The John Henry Newman Academy, The Oxford Academy.
Tuesday 23   Farnham Royal with Hedgerley: Gordon Briggs and Jan Clarke. That God will call out for us a Spirit-filled, experienced and strong-minded new Rector for the benefice. That through his Spirit God will over-rule any difficulties and disunity in the benefice, that his will be done and that the church may be a witness to Christ in our local community. St Mary's Farnham Royal School.
Wednesday 24   New Marston: Elaine Bardwell and Alison Salvesen. For St Michael's School. Bishop Colin confirming at Garsington.
Thursday 25   St Clement, Oxford: Rachel Gibson, Philip Lockley, Theresa Gray, Dave Burt and Freya Sidhu. For St Clement's welcome and worship - in church, and in our local community, including the weekly St Clement's Toddlers' Group and 'Space' Youth Drop In; the monthly Café Club (welcoming adults) and Café Church (welcoming young families). For God's guiding and wisdom so that we may grow further in offering visible, practical expressions of God's love and Jesus' presence in our local community.
Friday 26   Sandford on Thames: Robert Morgan. For the new staff member at our Village Hall, and for our continuing mission.
Saturday 27   Newbury Deanery: Mark Bennet, Bruce Laurie and Anthea Platt. For the benefices experiencing transitions in ministry - as a deanery we have had a lot of change and are facing more. Following the renewal of our Deanery Plan, pray for the initiative and resources to bring good intentions to life so that we become in reality a more Christlike Church for the sake of God's world. For those leading on stewardship, mission and discipleship as many of our benefices face financial challenges. Pray especially for the work to build sustainable ministry in our rural areas, and our work with schools.
Monday 29   East Downland: John Toogood, Douglas Dales, William McDowell and Denise Brown. For the mission and evangelism efforts in and to our parishes. For the growth of lay leadership in the benefice. Beedon School, Stockcross School.
Tuesday 30   Headington Quarry: Rob Gilbert, Joan Walding and Laura Biron-Scott. For the building project to enable basic facilities to be provided for events in church. For the parish's work with diverse communities including Wood Farm, Risinghurst and wider areas of Headington.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 7   Bishop Alan confirming in Buckingham Deanery.
Sunday 28   Bishop Colin confirming at Tudor Hall School; Bishop Stephen Platten confirming at St Andrew's Church, Oxford; Bishop Steven confirming at St Edward's School, Oxford.