Prayer Diary January 2020
'Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.'
1 Chronicles 16:10
Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:
Wednesday 1 Oxford link Diocese of Nandyal, India: For Bishop Pushpa and the clergy, that God would grant them wisdom and unity in their ministries. For the students in diocesan schools and in the training programme and for the diocese's work to allow boys and girls to reach their full potential.
Thursday 2 Dorchester: Sue Booys, Caroline King, Teresa Stewart-Sykes, Jennifer Morton, Edna Strange, Brian Newey, Rachel Carnegie, Marcus Braybrooke, Myles Godfrey, David Haylett. For our Team Council, especially the newly elected Lay Chair, Amy Herlihy, and for successful appointments to serve in the Bridge group of parishes and for a Team Families and Youth Minister. Long Wittenham Primary School, Marsh Baldon Primary School, Clifton Hampden Primary School, Culham Parochial Primary School, St Birinus Primary School, St Laurence Primary School.
Friday 3 Buckingham Deanery: Ros Roberts, Georgie Christopher, Nicki Stuchbury, Ian Smith. For the appointment process in January in Blackthorn Chase Benefice. For the appointment process in March in West Buckingham Benefice.
Saturday 4 Thame: Rachel Cross, Graham Choldcroft, Peter Waterson, Mike Reading, Sian Stratton. For the team during a period of vacancy. For the development of a monthly service for the deanery, Eden, for young people aged 14-19. Lewknor Primary School.
Monday 6 Beckley, Forest Hill, Horton cum Studley and Stanton St John: Hugh Lee, Betty Dye, Nicholas Orme, Jo Allen. That we may be led soon to the person that God wants to be our new vicar. That our Family Church (a new congregation) will be able to continue and to flourish when its present leader moves to a new post in the summer. Beckley Primary School.
Tuesday 7 Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell: Jacky Barr, Margaret Poole. For the process of finding a new Rector; for the discernment of the parish and of anyone considering the post and that all decisions will be guided by the Lord and blessed by the Holy Spirit. Aston Rowant Primary School, St Andrew's Primary School.
Wednesday 8 Great Milton with Little Milton and Great Haseley: Simon Cronk, Toby Garfitt, Tony Jefferis. For the building projects in all three churches. That we would connect with the needs of the community. Little Milton Primary School, Great Milton Primary School.
Thursday 9 Chalgrove with Berrick Salome: Michael Lakey, Bob Heath-Whyte. Give thanks for an immensely productive benefice development day with Charles Chadwick in November. Pray that we will build on what we learned wisely. Pray that we will build a midweek children and families congregation with unreached groups in the villages.
Friday 10 Chipping Norton Deanery: Give thanks that we have been able to pay our parish share in full. Pray for those who are working to serve the wider community.
Saturday 11 Bradfield Deanery: Heather Parbury, Chris Newman, David Gibbons, Christopher Goodchild. For the Clergy Chapter, the Deanery Synod and the recently formed Strategy Group, as the Deanery looks to the future for the church in West Berkshire.
Monday 13 Bradfield and Stanford Dingley: Julian Gadsby, Lyn Bliss, Julia Hunt. Bradfield Primary School.
Tuesday 14 Burghfield: Glynn Lautenbach, Lorraine Colam. For our new pattern of services and reaching out to the wider community through fresh expressions of worship. For the deepening of our faith through new opportunities of learning and deepening of relationships as we grow together in faith. St Mary's Primary School.
Wednesday 15 Purley: David Archer, Brendan Bailey, Alan Gates. For progress with our exciting and visionary plans to redevelop St Mary's Church to include a Children's and Youth Ministry Centre. For significant growth and fruitfulness in leadership capacity from running our Growing Leaders programme. Purley Primary School.
Thursday 16 Theale: Martin Davy, Marjorie Burrington. For God to grow us as a church, both spiritually and numerically, so that we can be increasingly equipped to reach out to Theale. For the many people in Theale who never give Jesus a first thought to be intrigued by him and want to find out more. Theale Primary School.
Friday 17 Pangbourne with Tidmarsh and Sulham: Heather Parbury. For the church and village communities of St James, Pangbourne; St Laurence, Tidmarsh and St Nicholas, Sulham as we seek to become more Christ-like together in our common life.
Saturday 18 Aldermarston and Woolhampton: Jane Manley, Derek Spears, Margaret Davison. For our mission and outreach to families. Woolhampton Primary School, Brimpton Primary School, Aldermarston Primary School.
Monday 20 Stratfield Mortimer and Mortimer West End with Padworth: Paul Chaplin. For the newly Federated Church Schools of St Mary's and St John's. For the renewal of benefice stewardship.
Tuesday 21 Basildon with Aldworth and Ashampstead: Derek Spears, Katy Weston, Rosemary Sandbach, Jonathan Sandbach, Juliet Straw. For God's love and support in our benefice during our period of interregnum, and for wisdom and God's guidance as we search for a new priest. Basildon Primary School.
Wednesday 22 Bucklebury: Julian Gadsby, Lyn Bliss, David Sammon. Bucklebury Primary School.
Thursday 23 Sulhamstead Abbots and Bannister with Ufton Nervet: John Paton, Anthony Peabody. For Ufton Court, continuing to develop work with disadvantaged and disabled children. For the Thames Valley Police College at Sulhamstead, and the ministry of their chaplain, Dr Anthony Peabody. Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet Primary School.
Friday 24 Englefield: Nick Wynne-Jones. Englefield Primary School.
Saturday 25 Icknield: Daniel Thompson, Angie Paterson. For renewal of faith in the town through completion of our building work. Give thanks for the growing children's ministry.
Monday 27 Buckingham: Will Pearson-Gee, John King, John Hamilton, Paul Mileham, Vicky Southby, Pauline Stanton-Saringer, Joanne Brice, Jayde Crouch, Lara Burt, Jo Wigley. For the appointment of a minister for the new Blackthorn Chase Benefice. For our outreach to Buckingham University. St James and St John Primary School, Whaddon First School.
Tuesday 28 Stowe: For God's blessing for the next step for Stowe Church. Give thanks for God's abundant blessing on the restoration project and pray for its successful completion.
Wednesday 29 West Buckingham: For strength and togetherness in our benefice during our interregnum. Pray that after reading our benefice profile and our list of needs, somebody will feel a calling to come and lead us in a future together.
Thursday 30 Lenborough: Ros Roberts. For deeper engagement with the village communities and for welcoming new people. That we would work better together as parishes and discover how we can support each other in mission. Padbury Primary School.
Friday 31 North Buckingham: Hans Taling, Margaret Culley. For the continuing training of Cathy Pearce as ordained local minister. For the continuing success of our Messy Church. Maids Moreton School.
Our Bishops on Sundays
Sunday 5 For Bishop Colin, confirming in Didcot.
Sunday 12 For Bishop Steven as he settles into a new rhythm during his sabbatical. May he be blessed with the time and peace to read, think, rest and pray during the next three months.
Sunday 19 For Bishop Colin and the work of the Dorchester Area team as Bishop Colin leads the Diocese during Bishop Steven's sabbatical.
Sunday 26 For the work of our busy finance team as they prepare year-end accounts and ensure our suppliers are paid in good time.
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