Prayer Diary April 2021

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.'
Lamentations 3:22-3

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

Thursday 1   Burnham and Slough Deanery: David Sheilds, Sheila Warburton. For the process of the recruitment of an interim Area Dean. For the mission in our communities and The Hub project.

Friday 2   Stoke Poges: Natasha Brady. For celebrating Easter safely and jubilantly. For our new Allotment Church, which will be starting this spring.

Saturday 3   Upton-cum-Chalvey: Alistair Stewart, Linda Hillier. For those appointing a new rector to the parish, and for the person who will be appointed this month. For discernment as we emerge from the pandemic and Lent. Slough and Eton CE Business and Enterprise college, St Mary's CE Primary School.

Monday 5   Taplow and Dropmore: Jane Cresswell, Suzanne Johnson. For a smooth transition back to communal worship, and wisdom as to how best to provide for those who continue to join us online only. For wisdom about how to encourage and enthuse the congregation as we work towards greater midweek opening of the church and ways of providing different kinds of support and activities for the wider community. St Nicolas' CE Combined School.

Tuesday 6   Bracknell Deanery: Guy Cole, Caroline Kallipetis, Lesley Philpot, Chris Boutle. For the next stage of Bracknell Town Centre Ministry. For the work of the Ranelagh/Sandhurst school chaplain, Adrian Laws.

Wednesday 7   Sunninghill and South Ascot: Stephen Johnson, Sarah Mortimer, Vusi Mabuza, Michael Francescon, Mary Nichols. For the relaunch of our new afternoon congregation, Ascot@4, reaching young people and their families. For our administration team, Nicola Hughes and Fay Philp, as they support the work and witness of our churches emerging from the pandemic. Cheapside CE Primary School, St Michael's CE Primary School.

Thursday 8   Sunningdale: Jon Hutchinson, Terry Ward-Hall, Dolapo Ogunbawo. For the delayed launch of Transforming Trinity, for the renewing and development of the church. For the closer collaboration with the Parish Council which is developing. Holy Trinity CE Primary School.

Friday 9   Bracknell: Malcolm Chalmers, David Foster. For our transition from having been a team ministry to being a parish. That we may follow God's call as to what he would have us do in our new structure for the benefit of the Bracknell community. For our present vacancy. That God may send Bracknell a faithful priest, who will lead the parish through its 170th birthday and into the future. Ranelagh CE School.

Saturday 10   Easthampstead: Guy Cole, Carol Dunk, Roy Burgess, Peter Bestley, Catherine Bowstead. For the restarting of public worship, groups and activities. For the parish redevelopment project of our land and buildings. St Michael's Easthampstead CE Primary School, Jennett's Park CE Primary School.

Monday 12   Warfield: Catharine Mabuza, David Brown, Michelle Porter-Babbage, David Ritchie, Adam Brown, Sam Mortimer, Dave Cappleman, Mike Summers. For the journey out of lockdown and the process of discerning the future shape and priorities of Warfield Church. For David Chislett as he becomes our curate in July, and for our ordinands Sam Mortimer and Becky Medlicott as they go to curacies elsewhere. Warfield CE Primary School.

Tuesday 13   Winkfield and Cranbourne: Patrick Mukholi, Stuart Ager, John Kimble, Alison Burt, Anne Crewe, Lesley Philpot. Thank God for overwhelming comfort and help in the midst of a lot of pain and grief from illnesses and deaths. Pray for the leadership team to gel and focus on the kingdom purpose of growing the church, grasping the opportunities presented with young people coming to the services, for whatever reason. Winkfield St Mary's CE Primary School.

Wednesday 14   Ascot Heath: Darrell Hannah, Sheila Shrigley, Pam Davey. For our new curate, David Saunders, beginning in July; that he successfully completes his course of study and that the parish successfully negotiates issues around his and his family's housing. For the reintroduction of in-person services; first, a socially distanced service at 8:30am on Sundays, then, in time, a return to all our services in church. Ascot Heath CE Primary School.

Thursday 15   Binfield: Luke Taylor, Daisy Ridell, Phil Watts. For continued wisdom, food and help for our Homeless team as they continue to feed over 100 people because of pandemic-related issues, and are having to move from St Mark's as we need to repair the ceilings. That the repair works go smoothly and successfully at St Mark's. Binfield CE Primary School.

Friday 16   Oxford link Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, Southern Africa: For the elections for the new bishop, taking place this month. For plans for a youth exchange visit in 2022.

Saturday 17   Farnham Royal with Hedgerley: Chloe Willson-Thomas, Jan Clark, Richard Rooley. Pray that we return to in-person services safely soon, whilst continuing to have an effective online presence. For continued unity within the benefice as we work to implement our Mission Action Plan. St Mary's Farnham Royal CE Primary School.

Monday 19   Manor Park St John the Baptist and Whitby Road St Michael: Graham Fletcher and Adeline Fleming. For our redevelopment scheme for a new church building. For our parish as we prepare to reopen for worship.

Tuesday 20   Bedgrove: Martin Kuhrt, Kate Watt, Nick Collard. For wisdom as activities and services within our building start to happen again. Pray that we can build on the success of our online outreach to young families and children and develop a vision for a post-pandemic church.

Wednesday 21   Slough St Paul: Tim Wambunya, Helen Broadbent, Nadeem Azam, Ronie Twumwasi. For the successful launch of new homegroups (pastorates). For an effective stewardship campaign and rebranding project.

Thursday 22   Britwell: Neil McCathie, Griff Griffiths. For the Revd Jason ('Griff') Griffiths and his family, as he takes up his new appointment in Northampton. For other active members of the church who are having to leave the area and for new families who have moved into the area, who are just starting to settle into St George's.

Friday 23   Southcourt: Colin Hartley, Tom Rawling. For our congregation as we continue to hold Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services via Zoom.

Saturday 24   Langley Marish: Shola Aoko, Bill Birmingham. For the selection and appointment of a new team rector and the responsibilities of the ministry team and churchwardens during the interregnum. For the return to worship in our church buildings following the lockdown.

Monday 26   Horton and Wraysbury: Colin Gibson, Beryl Walters. For our proposed new Fresh Expressions service, Illuminate, currently in the early planning stage. For our financial difficulties.

Tuesday 27   Colnbrook and Datchet: Darcy Chesterfield-Terry, Robert Spicer. For our congregations as they return to in-person worship as well as discerning what God is calling us as a benefice to do. For our schoolchildren (Datchet St Mary's Primary Academy, Colnbrook CE Primary Academy, Churchmead CE Secondary School, Pippins, and Eton End), for those looking to new horizons and those who are catching up with their work.

Wednesday 28   Eton, Eton Wick and Boveney and Dorney: La Stacey, Hilary Davis. For La, that her return from sabbatical will be a smooth transition and that she and her husband, David, are rested and ready to lead us hopefully back to some kind of normality after lockdown. For our project of rebuilding our church room which has been on hold due to COVID-19: the planning, fundraising, and the next step with the architects. Eton Porny CE First School, Eton Wick CE First School.

Thursday 29   Hitcham: Sue Sansom, Mary Howarth. For our ministry team and parish as we continue to hold our services online.

Friday 30   Bierton and Hulcott: Dan Beesley. For the continual growth of St James and the outreach to the parish at this time. For discernment of what God is calling us to do and be in this new season. Bierton CE Combined School, Buckingham Park CE Primary School.

Prayers on Sundays

Sunday 4   For all our Easter services, that we might rejoice in the resurrection and the liberation it brings.

Sunday 11   For the Ven Gavin Collins' consecration as Bishop of Dorchester at Lambeth Palace on 14 April.

Sunday 18   For all those who have taken part in 'Come and See', that they would be blessed as they embed what they have learned in their daily lives.

Sunday 25   On this Vocations Sunday we pray for those who sense a calling to ministry