Prayer Diary July 2019

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

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

Monday 1   St Ebbe, Oxford: Vaughan Roberts, Pete Wilkinson, Joel Knight, Matt Pope, Leon Catallo, Ian Fry, Wes Xu and Ben Vane. For members of our church family who leave us in July, that they would live as King Jesus' ambassadors wherever the Lord sends them. For members of the church family and young people who will be doing Christian conferences and holidays over July. Pray that the Lord will equip his people to serve and that our young people would know the Lord more deeply.

Tuesday 2   St John the Evangelist, Reading: Gary Collins, Christine Bainbridge, Mark Laynesmith, Peter Crooks, Hamish Bruce, Jeremy Thake and Richard Croft. For finding a new vicar, and for clergy supporting the church during the interregnum. For exploring a theologically realistic Christianity borne of this Urban Priority Area context. St John's Primary School.

Wednesday 3   St Laurence, Reading: Chris Russell and Joy Hooper. For our planning and delivery of projects to engage as wide a group of young people as possible. That we would see faith become real for some, deepen in others and define all we do.

Thursday 4   St Luke with St Bartholomew, Reading: Graeme Fancourt, Serena Tajima and Christine Blackman. Give thanks for the community garden project which is enabling us to develop new and life-giving partnerships with so many people and groups in our local community. For the wisdom, courage, and discernment that the upcoming vacancy will be an opportunity for us to continue to grow in our shared ministry as all of God's people, lay and ordained.

Friday 5   St Mark and All Saints, Reading: Jo Williams, Jane Lewis, Diana Matthews and Sylvia Cummins. For discernment and courage as we seek to engage more meaningfully with our local communities. For all involved in the musical life of our church and those involved in the appointment of a new organist at All Saints. All Saints School, St Mary and All Saints School.

Saturday 6   St Mary the Virgin, Reading: Stephen Pullin, Judith Sumner, Sarah Anne Pullin and Andrew Bond. For the night-time outreach. Pray that we would engage with the Arts community in Reading.

Monday 8   St Matthew, Reading: Pads Dolphin, Kirstie Dolphin, Tracy Watkins, Chris Everett, Lynn Everett and Adam Dimmick. For those finishing the Alpha Course that all will make a step of faith and become committed to the church family. For the launch of the Parish Giving Scheme - that our income would come up to match our spending!

Tuesday 9   St James, Southlake: Laurence Smith, Linda Galpin, Pete Clarke and David Fulfold. For opportunities to engage with our local community and demonstrate Christian love. For encouragement for our congregation as we go deeper in prayer.

Wednesday 10   St Michael, Tilehurst: Liz Ratcliffe and Jennifer Foakes. For our confirmation candidates as they prepare for confirmation on 15 July. Pray that our current stewardship campaign will bear fruit.

Thursday 11   St George and St Mary Magdalen, Tilehurst: Adam Carlill, Peter Mayers and June Hardcastle. Give thanks for the dedication of St George's Centre and for the mission opportunities it presents. For the development of a new family service and the rebuilding of the porch at St Mary Magdalen's.

Friday 12   St Catherine, Tilehurst and St Birinus, Calcot: Gill Rowell, Tony Bartlett and Mike Heather. For a smooth transition of the Cornwell Community Church, moving to St Catherine's to launch a new 11am service, that we will go from strength to strength as we seek to reach out to, and serve, the parish. For the Partnership for Missional Church missional experiment in Calcot; that those involved would continue to see God at work and that it would be a source of great blessing to those who live there. Also, for our Holiday Club, taking place from 11-18 August at St Catherine's.

Saturday 13   St John the Evangelist, Woodley: Eddie Marquez and Lynn Parish. For our youth worker, David Fitzgerald, and for a new family worker. For the three discipleship courses and for the church re-ordering. Woodley Primary School.

Monday 15   Emmanuel, Woodley: Sean Riordan, Susie Templeton, Susan Walters and Laurie-Ann Price. For our annual church trip to New Wine; that we would be refreshed spiritually and that friendships would grow stronger. For our amazing team of children's and youth leaders; that they would be inspired and affirmed in their ministry to our children and young people. Bishop Alan confirming at Amersham on the Hill; Bishop Colin confirming at St Michael's, Tilehurst.

Tuesday 16   Henley Deanery: Linda Smith, Robert Thewsey, Heather Llewellyn, Judith Hog and Brian Turner. For our schools as they look forward to the summer break and plan for the new term in September. For all the local and church events that our churches will be involved with over the summer.

Wednesday 17   Holy Trinity, Henley on Thames: Duncan Carter, Sam Brewster and Michael Forsdike. For our new Trinity at Four congregation as it becomes established. For our new home group as it becomes established. For the appointment of a new headteacher at the primary school. Trinity Primary School.

Thursday 18   Langtree, Henley: Kevin Davies, Linda Smith, Claire Alcock, Alan Gates, Angela Linton, Brian Turner, Mary Daniels and Peter Ferguson. For any PCC working towards improvements to their church facilities, such as toilets or hospitality areas. For those being married in team ministry churches throughout the summer season. Checkendon Primary School, Stoke Row Primary School.

Friday 19   Nettlebed with Bix, Highmoor, Pishill and Rotherfield Greys: Mark Ainsworth. For our new parish priest, Mark Ainsworth, and his wife Claudia as they lead us in the ministry to the Nettlebed Benefice.

Saturday 20   Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End and Sonning Common: James Stickings, Sheila Walker and Stewart Morgan. For the process of discerning and implementing mission priorities in the coming months. For those following vocations to authorised ministry in the benefice. Kidmore End Primary School, Peppard Primary School.

Monday 22   Goring and Streatley with South Stoke: Ben Phillips, Wendy Middleton, Steve Johnson, Elizabeth Dowding, Judith Hogg and Judith Aguda. Give thanks and pray for continued and growing links with our three primary schools. Give thanks and pray for Steve and his family as his curacy ends and they prepare to move to the Rectory of Church Stretton, Shropshire. May God provide people to take forward all the great initiatives they have enabled here - children and youth work and links with our Mission Partner, Steve Poulson. Goring Primary School, Streatley Primary School.

Tuesday 23   Henley-on-Thames with Remenham: Jeremy Tayler. For our ministry to those visiting our parishes through the summer months. For continuing growth in our ministry with children and families, and guidance in further developing this work.

Wednesday 24   Shiplake with Dunsden and Harpsden: Robert Thewsey and Sarah Nesbitt. Give thanks for the ministry of our organist, Sarah Seymour, who is moving away and pray for a replacement for Shiplake Church and Harpsden Church as Sarah has been valiantly covering both posts for the last year. Shiplake Primary School.

Thursday 25   Nuffield, Henley: Mark Ainsworth. For Mark as he settles into his role of Priest in Charge of the benefice.

Friday 26   Oxford Deanery: Will Donaldson, Prudence Dailey, Henry Gibbon and Alan McCullough. For St Matthew's with St Luke's, Grandpont, waiting to receive Revd Jennie and Revd Jon Williams as their new clergy in September. For South and New Hinksey as they interview for a new incumbent. For St Giles and St Margaret as they are soon to welcome their new Associate Vicar, Revd Daniel Walters. For all the churches as they embrace the renewed vision of the Deanery (drawn up by the Standing Committee) and as they share their ministries and welcome partnership and participation with other churches.

Saturday 27   Greyfriars, Reading: David Walker, Sarah Jones, Joy Atkins, Ann Cogle, Chris Greaves, Heather Harper, Dan Bright, Jackie Fountain and Abi Ord. For John Freeman as he joins the team as Curate and his wife Steph as they settle into life in Reading. For Amy Cavender as she joins as part-time Curate based at New Hope in September. Give thanks for our new student worker, Sam Brown, and his work among Reading University students.

Monday 29   St Aldate, Oxford: Charlie Cleverley, Simon Ponsonby, Will Dondaldson, Eric Bosswood, Lena Harris, Tim Bateman, Mark Brickman, Dan Hames, Christopher Landau, Susan Cuthbert, Nina Oskarsdottir, Ellie Clear, Emily Berry, Aidan Hampton and Julie Turner. For the Seniors' Community Cafe: a new project on Thursday mornings offering a warm, hospitable atmosphere to people aged 60 and over. For the Children's Holiday Club: involving 150 kids aged 5-10 with a week of music, party games, drama, a bouncy castle, face painting, craft, fun activities and Christian teaching starting on 30 July.

Tuesday 30   St Andrew, Oxford: Dan Heyward, Paul White, James Dwyer, Elizabeth Pitkethly, Donald Hay, David Wright, Gareth Williamson and Lesley Dentry. For mission and ministry on the Cutteslowe estate with families and youthwork alongside the Cutteslowe Connected Sunday afternoon church service. For our holiday club for children in the area and 'Holiday at home' for seniors during August.

Wednesday 31   St Mary Magdalen, Oxford: Peter Groves and Jonathan Jong. For lay and ordained leaders of the church while the vicar is on sabbatical. For the St Mary Magdalen School of Theology.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 7   Bishop Colin confirming at Bodicote.
Sunday 14   Bishop Steven confirming at St Michael's Church, Sandhurst; Bishop Colin confirming at Eynsham.