Prayer Diary January 2021
'Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.' Matthew 7:7-8
Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:
Friday 1 Our link Diocese of Nandyal, India: Give thanks for the recent decline in COVID cases in Andhra Pradesh (where the Diocese is located) and pray that it continues. For strength and wisdom for Bishop Pushpa, clergy and lay leaders as they minister in challenging times. For the work of Nandyal churches to empower women and girls through education.
Saturday 2 Beaconsfield: Jeremy Brooks, Michael Johnson, Sharon Roberts, Margot Suter, Hazel Chow, Michelle Fotherby, Cathy Smith, Dorothy Moore Brooks. For our growing closeness as a team of three churches; that we would be guided into the way of greater unity. For our outreach work with Better Connected Beaconsfield to reach the vulnerable and socially isolated. St Mary and All Saints Primary School.
Monday 4 Penn and Tylers Green: Mike Bisset, Graham Summers, Derrick Carr, Mary Lee, David Carter. For re-connecting with our Junior Church and youth group members. For us forging links with our local schools and care homes. Curzon Combined School.
Tuesday 5 Chenies and Little Chalfont, Latimer and Flaunden: David Whale, Ruth Boughton, Pat Ansell. In January Revd Ruth Boughton will be retiring and Revds Brian and Peggy Ludlow will become our Associate Ministers. Pray for them as their new ministries begin. Pray that God enables us to minister his gospel to all the people in the communities we are called to serve. St George's Infant School.
Wednesday 6 Chesham Bois: Laurie Clow, Chris Clare, Peter Flory, Jackie Lambert, Owen Melville-Thomas. For the Parish Centre Redevelopment Project - for successful planning and that the impact on the community is positive, extending God's kingdom. For continued unity in leadership and fellowship as a witness to the gospel of Jesus. Chesham Bois School.
Thursday 7 Great Chesham: Edward Bowes-Smith, John Shepherd, Chris Gercke, Simon Winn, Tim Yates, Geoff Houston, Katherine Hyde, Estelle Foster, Jean Corfield, John Spence, Hannah Martin, John Hamilton. For the appointment of the new minister for Hope Church serving Pond Park and the Hivings area of Chesham, with interviews taking place in early February. For the re-establishment of our (outdoor) toddler groups and Sunday children's and youth groups. Chiltern Hills Academy.
Friday 8 Chalfont St Giles, Seer Green and Jordans: Ian Brown, Paul Henderson, Jennifer Tebboth, Cassa Messervy, Linda West. With Ian and Cassa leaving the benefice in 2021 for retirement and a new post respectively, pray for the Benefice Vacancy Committee and its work towards the Benefice Plan. For sustainable new patterns in worship, pastoral care and mission to emerge from this coronavirus time. Seer Green School.
Saturday 9 Aston and Cuddesdon Deanery: Simon Cronk, Nigel Hawkes, Simon Richards, Sue Tibbles, Michael Powell. For the continuing challenge of finances, that we would find imaginative and creative ways to fund our churches. Give thanks that we now have a full complement of clergy and pray that we work closely together. For the handover as our new Lay Chair takes up the post.
Monday 11 Albury with Tiddington, Holton, Waterperry, Waterstock and Wheatley: Nigel Hawkes, David Bendor-Samuel, Alexandra Hewitt. For the recovery of parish finances in the coming year. For the completion of building projects. Wheatley Primary School.
Tuesday 12 Benson with Ewelme: Patrick Gilday, Stephen Cousins. For courage for our congregations to refocus our lives wholly around Christ as we emerge from 2020 irrevocably changed. For our two schools - Benson Church of England Primary and Ewelme Church of England Primary - where the COVID crisis has been managed incredibly well, but where staff and pupils are exhausted after a year of intense pressure. Pray that they may know the peace and cherishing care of God and that they can rely entirely on Christ.
Wednesday 13 Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath: Karen Charman, Mark Chapman, Emily Elias. For our primary schools in Garsington and Horspath; and for the community of Ripon College Cuddesdon. For our ministry and outreach to children and young people, particularly through our new Outdoor Church, and other outdoor COVID-safe services and events.
Thursday 14 Dorchester: Sue Booys, Paul Wignall, Caroline King, Teresa Stewart-Sykes, Catherine Schneider, Sorrel Shamel-Wood, Jennifer Morton, Rachel Carnegie, Edna Strange, Brian Newey, Myles Godfrey, David Haylett, Marcus Braybrooke. For the appointment of our new Families and Youth Minister. Give thanks for all our recent appointments and renewed strength and enthusiasm for our mission in the team. Clifton Hampden Primary School, St Birinus Primary School, Long Wittenham Primary School, Marsh Baldon Primary School, St Laurence Primary School.
Friday 15 Thame: Mike Reading, Peter Waterson, Rachel Cross, Graham Choldcroft, Sian Stratton, Claire Britton. For the churches, wardens and PCCs in the team, especially for the particular needs of the village parishes. For the lonely and isolated during the pandemic, young people, older citizens - for hope to reign. Lewknor Primary School.
Saturday 16 Beckley, Forest Hill, Horton cum Studley and Stanton St John: Anthea Beresford, Hugh Lee, Stephanie Bullock, Elizabeth Hoare, Betty Dye, Nicholas Orme. For the safe continuing of the diverse range of worship within the benefice, as we share the good news of the gospel in our communities. For wisdom as we continue to seek ways to engage with people safely, particularly with the housebound and with children in these difficult times. Beckley Primary School.
Monday 18 Icknield: Daniel Thompson, David Benskin, Angie Paterson, Lucy Austin, Val Kearney. For the restart of our children's group Mustard Seed and for growth in our children's ministry. Pray that our financial plans become fruitful.
Tuesday 19 Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell: Jacky Barr, Margaret Poole, Brian Griffiths, Joan De Val, Des Foote. For successful grant applications to cover maintenance and repair work on our church buildings to be blessed with a flood of fund-raising ideas to help our parish finances. Aston Rowant Primary School, St Andrew's School.
Wednesday 20 Great Milton with Little Milton and Great Haseley: Simon Cronk, Tony Jefferis, Toby Garfitt. For the ongoing challenge of finances and keeping our buildings going. For Great Milton Primary School and Little Milton Primary School as we seek a way forward to work together more closely with our schools.
Thursday 21 Chalgrove with Berrick Salome: Michael Lakey, Julian Dunn, Bob Heath-Whyte. For our PCC at Berrick Salome. (One very longstanding member has recently died, and we have new members who have joined us since our APCM.) For our church finances. For our village pub, our village hall, and all in our communities whose activities are disrupted by the restrictions caused by the virus.
Friday 22 Bradfield Deanery: David Archer, Chris Newman, David Gibbons, Christopher Goodchild.
Saturday 23 Bradfield and Stanford Dingley: Julian Gadsby, Lyn Bliss, Julia Hunt. For outreach into the communities and seeing people who want to discover more about Christ. That we would have more contact with families in our villages. Bradfield Primary School.
Monday 25 Burghfield: Glynn Lautenbach, Lorraine Colam, Alison Eves. For wisdom and discernment as to how we implement our new vision statement for the future. For guidance and wisdom on how to use the opportunities created through the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we blend the old traditions with the new opportunities in both outreach and discipleship. Burghfield St Mary's Primary School.
Tuesday 26 Purley: David Archer, Brendan Bailey. Purley Primary School.
Wednesday 27 Bucklebury: Julian Gadsby, Lyn Bliss, David Sammon. Pray that we would be able to engage families and young people with the gospel, and that schools work can resume soon. For our evangelism efforts and outreach course. Bucklebury Primary School.
Thursday 28 Pangbourne with Tidmarsh and Sulham: Barry Ashdown, Tony Naden, Jean Rothery, Brian Tims, Jill Palfrey, Julia Sheppard. For our parish during the vacancy and the appointment of a new incumbent; that soon we shall be able to resume our Tea Club for the elderly and Noah's Ark for the very young, which have been particularly missed. Give thanks for the wonder of technology that has enabled services and contacts to be maintained.
Friday 29 Aldermarston and Woolhampton: Jane Manley, Margaret Davison, Derek Spears. For the strengthening and uniting of our benefice. For outreach to our church schools and families. Aldermarston Primary School, Woolhampton Primary School, Brimpton School.
Saturday 30 Stratfield Mortimer: Paul Chaplin. For the benefice's Stewardship Renewal. For the newly federated schools of St Mary's and St John's.
Our Bishops on Sundays
Sunday 3 For the church services people attend/view at the start of this new year, that they will inspire hope.
Sunday 10 For John Orridge, the new Director of Finance for the Diocese
Sunday 17 For all teachers and headteachers in our schools; for their health, resilience, wisdom, courage and hope.
Sunday 24 For all Diocesan staff whose work supports our schools.
Sunday 31 Give thanks for our school governors. Pray for them and the work that they do.
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