Prayer Diary February 2020

He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come."
Luke 11: 2

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

Saturday 1   For the Mother's Union in Tanzania, East Africa, with which we have a Diocesan link.

Monday 3   The Chase: Mark Abrey, Ilona Cheyne. For our ministry to our three village schools. For the welcome that we offer as we seek to become a totally inclusive church community. For the Benefice as we explore becoming a single ecclesiastical parish. Chadlington Primary School.

Tuesday 4   Chipping Norton: James Kennedy, David Salter, Martha Simpson, Toby Artis, Judith Marshall, Ursula Simpson, Roger Simpson, Jonny Lowe, Catherine Spring, Gareth Harper, Susan Coyne. For God to gather even more people behind our Building to Serve Project, developing the former NatWest Bank premises for gospel ministry in the town. For a new pilot project on bereavement support. St Mary's Primary School.

Wednesday 5   Charlbury with Shorthampton: Sally Welch, Tish Bird, Jan Fielden. For our children and families work as we develop the range and depth of our engagement with families and young people. For our building projects, that they may resource and support our mission and outreach.

Thursday 6   Hook Norton with Great Rollright, Swerford and Wigginton: Janet Faull, Keith Disney, Janet Collins. Pray that we might discern God's leading in the months ahead. That we might continue to grow ever closer as a benefice. Great Rollright Primary School, Hook Norton Primary School.

Friday 7   Great Tew with Little Tew and Heythrop: Ginny Thomas. For God's guidance and wisdom during a time of change in the Benefice. For growth in faith, hope and love.

Saturday 8   Forest Edge: Paul Mansell. For all our PCCs within the Benefice and especially for our churchwardens. Finstock Primary School, Leafield Primary School.

Monday 10   Wychwood: Geoffrey Clement. For our newly started Messy Church. For the work needed on the roof at St Mary the Virgin, Shipton. Wychwood Primary School.

Tuesday 11   Maidenhead and Windsor: Ainsley Swift, Sally Lynch, Jim Tucker. For parishes with vacancies; that they would find the people God is calling to minister among them. For the unity of the Deanery and understanding between parishes and clergy colleagues.

Wednesday 12   Furze Platt: David Short, Kevin Colyer, Joanna Ellington, Ruth Knight. For guests to Alpha, that they would come to a living faith in Jesus, join the church family and grow as disciples. For the ongoing mission and ministry with the younger generation, and for Emma, our new Children's Minister joining us in March.

Thursday 13   St Andrew and St Mary Magdalene, Maidenhead: Will Stileman, Ian Miller, Rachel Meynell, Neil Watkinson, Dave Atallah, Kate Wheatley, Simon Eves. For Will, who is on sabbatical until after Easter, and for the Benefice in his absence.

Friday 14   St Luke, Maidenhead: Sally Lynch, Terrie Robinson, Sonya Clarke. For Phyl Sopp as she prepares for ordination this summer. For our outreach to those on the fringes of our church life and faith. St Luke's School.

Saturday 15   White Waltham with Shottesbrooke: Dave Atallah, Carole Perkins. Praise Father God for signs of growth over the last few months and pray for the momentum to continue as we grow closer to God and commit more to each other through regular Sunday worship and in other ways. Praise God for links with schools through assemblies, lessons and the new after school club. White Waltham Academy.

Monday 17   Burchetts Green: Keith Nicholls, Tina Molyneux, Teresa Kennard. Burchetts Green Infant School.

Tuesday 18   The Cookhams: Nick Plant, Richard Simmonds, John Ainslie, David Joynes, Helen Chamberlain. Cookham Dean Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School.

Wednesday 19   New Windsor: Sally Lodge. For wisdom and discernment in the appointment of an Associate Priest and a Children and Families Worker for the team. For a growth in love and understanding between the four churches as they seek to work more closely together in mission and ministry. Trinity St Stephen First School, The Queen Anne Royal Free First School.

Thursday 20   Clewer: Rosie Webb. For the continuing building project, for the ministry with the local care homes and for 'More than a shelter', our new Churches Together in Windsor winter night shelter project. Clewer Green First School, St Edward's Royal Free Middle School.

Friday 21   All Saints, Boyne Hill: Jeremy Harris. For the church as it continues to develop relations with local schools. Give thanks for the wonderful opportunities that Open the Book has provided in sharing the stories of the Bible. Pray that more people may find faith to enter our community of vulnerability and share their God given gifts. All Saints Junior School, Altwood School, Boyne Hill Infant and Nursery School.

Saturday 22   St Lawrence, Waltham: Charles Mason. For discussion about the future of our Messy Church and toddler groups. For the recruitment of eight new Deanery Synod and PCC members.

Monday 24   Cox Green: Joan Hicks. For our growing ministry and links with two homes in the parish giving care and support to adults with learning difficulties. For the preparations for our forthcoming Annual Parochial Church Meeting - especially that new volunteers may be found to replace those standing down from key roles and responsibilities this year.

Tuesday 25   Dedworth: Nigel Richards, Mike Thomas, Jackie Thomas, Carolyn Carter. For the church to continue with real passion during the coming interregnum. For the night shelter and the guests we serve.

Wednesday 26   Old Windsor: Adel Shokralla, Lynne Thorogood. St Peter's Middle School, The Royal School.

Thursday 27   Bray with Braywood: Ainsley Swift. For our new service at Holyport, which has just started meeting on a monthly basis. For the development of Bray Christian Spirituality Centre, a new initiative based at St Michael's. Braywood First School, Holyport Primary School.

Friday 28   Bicester and Islip: Gareth Miller, Diana Glover, Karen Stoddart, Martyn Simmonds, Jane White. Give thanks for the life and witness of Mike Dockrey, our Lay Chair and Deanery Treasurer, who died in December. For new people to be found for these roles; for a new House for Duty priest for the Akeman Benefice; for the Deanery Pilgrim Paths project; and for our work in new housing developments.

Saturday 29   The Ray Valley: Steve Hayes, Lucy Thirtle, Lisa Holmes, Glenys Edwards. For the bearing of fruit from planning for the Benefice-wide strategy and vision. For the ability to get alongside the many new residents in new housing in the area. Charlton-on-Otmoor Primary School, Dr South's Primary School. Bishop Colin confirming at Tudor Hall School.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 2   Bishop Alan confirming in Holy Trinity, Prestwood.

Sunday 9   Bishop Alan confirming at Wycombe Abbey School

Sunday 16   Pray for the Diocesan Safeguarding team, for continued integrity, wisdom and resilience.

Sunday 23   Bishop Tom Wright confirming at Oriel College, Oxford.