Prayer Diary July 2021
"Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18
Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:
Thursday 1 Water Eaton: Catherine Butt, Steve Hallett, Ayo Audu. For our curate, Ayo Audu, being ordained deacon on 3 July. For the recruitment of a part-time church-based community organiser in the months ahead.
Friday 2 Tilehurst St George and St Mary Magdalen: Adam Carlill, Polly Falconer, Peter Mayers, Michael Oke, Peter Grosse, Lesley Sutcliffe. St George’s: In thanksgiving for the ministry of Michael Oke, who steps down from the regular rota at the end of July. For the Revd Polly Falconer as she celebrates Holy Communion for the first time this month. For our developing relationship with The Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio, following the International Bible Study in Lent. St Mary Magdalen’s: In thanksgiving for our close relationship with St George’s, Tilehurst and the new relationship with The Church of the Epiphany. For the beginning of the building phase in September of the new church porch, disability lift and toilet facilities.
Saturday 3 Bletchley: David McDougall, Ben Thorpe, Paul Pavlou, Peter Landry, Hannah Akibo-Betts, Andrew Walmsley, Rebekah Taylor, Jac Butcher, Darrel Hofland, Maryann Brooks. For the work on the revitalization of Whaddon Way Anglican Baptist Church by St Mary's, Bletchley that has been agreed and is now to be arranged over the coming six months. For St Mary's, Bletchley recovering and reconnecting as Covid restrictions ease. Cold Harbour CE Primary School.
Monday 5 Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes: Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga, George Mwaura, Krou Assoua. For our revised vision and mission statement and its application. For our diverse and multinational community affected spiritually, emotionally, materially by COVID-19.
Tuesday 6 Watling Valley: Mike Morris, Barry Lotz, Sharon Grenham-Thompson, Adedayo Adebiyi, Ruth Harley, Sarah Elliott, Liz Morris. For Ruth (our new curate) and Rachel as they settle into Milton Keynes. For our summer programme, including our Space Academy Holiday Club and our continued development and support of hybrid worship. For re-ordering projects at the Church of the Servant King and St Mary's. For our discipleship discussions and programme. Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School.
Wednesday 7 Wolverton: Gill Barrow-Jones, Marian Balance, Celia Donald, Hilary Webb, Peter Ballantine. For our outdoor confirmation service this month and for our four candidates making this next step on their faith journey. For our outreach work, especially as a service centre for the foodbank, and engaging people through our grounds when caring for God’s creation.
Thursday 8 Our link Diocese of Växjö, Sweden: For final preparations for the Swedish leg of the St Sigfrid's Pilgrimage which begins at the end of July. For an enjoyable holiday period in Växjö despite the continuing presence of Covid.
Friday 9 Claydon Deanery: David Meakin, Robert Cronk, Jacqueline Dove, Ron Aspinall. For our churches as we come out of lockdown. For our deanery treasurers bearing the brunt of the need to pay Parish Share.
Saturday 10 Schorne: David Meakin, Petra Elsmore, Caroline Wainman, Stephen Flashman, Doreen Bayly, Jane Vowles, Alison May. For the Revd Caroline Wainman as she prepares to celebrate her new ministry in Waddesdon with a congregation, one year after she came into post. Pray that the clergy of the deanery may find time for rest and refreshment over the summer. North Marston CE Primary School, Quainton CE School, Waddesdon CE School, Westcott CE School.
Monday 12 Winslow with Great Horwood and Addington: Andrew Lightbown, Didier Jaquet, Mark Nelson. For the restoration of public worship and for our community projects: the Food Cupboard, Charity Shop and Repair Café. Great Horwood CE School, Winslow CE School.
Tuesday 13 The Claydons and Swan: David Hiscock, Angela Mann, Rickey Simpson-Gray. For a return to full health and strength for David as he begins a phased return to work. For Geoff Strutt, training to be a Licensed Lay Minister. For our schools: East Claydon CE School, Marsh Gibbon CE Primary School, Twyford CE School, especially those seeking to appoint new headteachers. For a joyful rediscovery of worshipping together in our churches and serving our communities with love.
Wednesday 14 Reading Deanery: Graeme Fancourt, David Walker, Peter Day, Liz Ratcliffe, Mike Smith, Mark Burton, Alan Cross. For the people and churches of Reading Deanery, that we may be good news for all as lockdown restrictions are increasingly lifted. For all those who will be ordained to serve in the Diocese of Oxford, Archdeaconry of Berkshire and Deanery of Reading this summer.
Thursday 15 Reading St Mark and All Saints: Jo Williams, Jane Lewis, Sylvia Cummins, Diana Matthews. For the children and staff of our church and community schools at the end of a challenging year, that they may have a safe and restful summer. For discernment as we review our pattern of services, that the worshipping life of the community may be renewed and enhanced.
Friday 16 Reading St Mary the Virgin: Sonya Wratten, Judith Sumner, Andrew Bond, Ann Cogle, Niall Collier and Richard Ashfield. For the Sanctuary project and all our partner organisations at the Minster. For the surrounding community of the Minster and the mission of God in times of transition and development.
Saturday 17 Loddon Reach: David Little, Cath Spence, Christopher Leslie, Karen Eaves. For the ongoing review of the team ministry and how the four churches can work more effectively together. For the appointment of a new Team Rector. Grazeley CE Primary School, Shinfield St Mary’s CE Junior School.
Monday 19 Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham: Mike Smith, Penny Cuthbert, Rachel Ross-Smith, Andrew Storch, Anthony Wisdom, Philip Blackburn, Anna Clarke. For wisdom to know what God is asking of us as we emerge from lockdown, and where we should focus our energy. For good and strong relationships to be reforged as we start to meet face to face.
Tuesday 20 Reading Greyfriars: David Walker, Natalie Worsfold, Joy Atkins, Nick Hill, John Freeman, Amy Cavender, Christopher Greaves, Philip Giddings, Christine Ledger, John Ledger, Heather Harper, Dan Bright. Pray that we would focus on mission and evangelism through continued times of social distancing and Covid restrictions. For our redevelopment project as the first phase comes to completion and we seek to use the buildings for mission and outreach.
Wednesday 21 Earley St Peter: Philip Hobday, Hannah Hobday, Elaine Watts. For our new Church@4 service, that we’d see families growing in faith and find ways to continue to resource the service. For pastoral care and opportunities to care for those who are bereaved; that we would be able to restart groups and find ways to reach out. Earley St Peter’s CE Primary School.
Thursday 22 Reading St Luke with St Bartholomew: Ross Meikle, Christine Blackman. For inspiration and discernment in the early development of a Covid memorial garden. For the various groups who meet in our Community Garden as they gather again, that they may know God’s peace in creation.
Friday 23 Tilehurst St Michael: Liz Ratcliffe, Tracy Watkins, Duncan White, Nigel Hardcastle, June Hardcastle. For God's blessings on our new curate, Tracy Watkins, as she begins her ministry with us. That the ministry and leadership teams may be equipped to tackle the process of emerging from Covid with wisdom, insight and creativity, so that the church may continue to be Good News to the people of Tilehurst.
Saturday 24 Emmer Green St Barnabas with Caversham Park: Derek Chandler, Margaret Dimmick, David Howell, Mark Burton, Robert Dimmick, John Volland. For reconnecting the church community. For reconnecting with our neighbours, especially young families within the benefice.
Monday 26 Reading St Agnes with St Paul and St Barnabas: Kirstie Dolphin, Helen Winter, Richard Winter, Carol Atkins, Suzanne Knight, Anika Parker. For our building project at St Paul's. That God will raise up a team to come with the Revd Nick Hill in the new resource partnership with Greyfriars Church.
Tuesday 27 Earley St Nicolas: April Beckerleg, Emma Major, Daphne Cook, Libby Newman. For discerning the best way forward for our church, and for all whose lives have been affected by Covid.
Wednesday 28 Reading Christ Church: Peter Day, John Croton, Nimmi Harlow. For the continued safe return of Christ Church's people to live services. For the flourishing of New Christ Church CE Primary School.
Thursday 29 Caversham St Andrew: Nigel Jones. Give thanks for the church family and the wider community associated with St Andrew's. For the development of traditional church, for example through the choir; and for our explorations into new ways of connecting with others.
Friday 30 Reading St Laurence: Chris Jones, Megan Sawyers, Ruth Pearse, Naomi Brown. For people who see the advert for our new incumbent to prayerfully consider and discern if they should apply. To reconnect with young people face to face after so long online.
Saturday 31 Stony Stratford with Calverton: Ross Northing, Tunji Adebiyi. That we may share more fully in the mission of Christ the Redeemer. For plans and preparations for a renewal of Christian giving. St Mary and St Giles CE School.
Prayer on Sundays
Sunday 4 For General Synod, starting later this week.
Sunday 11 For the disabled in our churches, and our churches’ care for them. For churches marking Disability Awareness Sunday next week.
Sunday 18 For Bishop Gavin confirming at Radley, Sunningwell and Kennington. For Bishop Olivia confirming at Tilehurst.
Sunday 25 For all who serve in our Diocesan Registry; for God’s guidance in their work.
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