Prayer Diary

Prayer Diary June 2021

Jesus was teaching and saying, ‘Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”?’ Mark 11:17

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

Tuesday 1   The work of Mothers’ Union in Ahoada and Warri, Nigeria and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Wednesday 2   Newbury St George and St John: Becky Bevan, Julie Howell, Gary Collins, Terry Winrow. For groups and organisations gradually returning to gathering again. For those being confirmed in June at St George’s Church. St John the Evangelist Infant and Nursery CE School.
Thursday 3   West Downland: Miri Keen. For parishes with ongoing building work in their churches: a WC and servery being installed in Brightwalton, and the roof is being replaced in Shefford Woodlands. For wisdom as we prepare to open more of our churches for Sunday worship and find ways to integrate our Zoom congregation into our in-person worship. Brightwalton CE Primary School, Chaddleworth St Andrew’s and Shefford CE Federated Primary Schools, Welford and Wickham CE Primary School.
Friday 4   Hermitage: Wayne Lautenbach, Sue Webster, Clive Jones, Simon Thorn, Cathy Hawkins, Margaret Fisher, Wendy Willoughby-Paul. Give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of the congregations of our seven churches during this pandemic as we have worked with the local communities. For our future discussions as we seek the best way to continue with our online presence and the installation of suitable technology and finance to enable us to do this. For our schools who are still facing COVID-19 issues and how we can best support them: Cold Ash St Mark’s CE Primary School, Compton CE Primary School, Hampstead Norreys CE Primary School, Yattendon CE Primary School.
Saturday 5   Lambourn Valley: Julie Mintern, Christine Allsopp. For all those who are getting married. For all those at Lambourn CE Primary School: pupils, staff, the governing body, giving thanks for flourishing links between the community, school and church.
Monday 7   Shaw cum Donnington: For Assistant Archdeacon Liz Jackson and her team as they work with the parish during this time of interregnum. For the Revd Pat Willis, the Revd Raymond Obin and the church family as they continue their prayerful and public support of an open church throughout lockdown. Shaw-cum-Donnington CE Primary School.
Tuesday 8   Hungerford with Denford: Mike Saunders, Robin Sharples, Alison Saunders, Michael Morecroft. Give thanks for our small groups. For the youth group discussing Youth Wellbeing Journey, four home groups discussing Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and newer members discussing the Wellbeing Journey. For permission to be granted to build a hall in the back of church for the parish lunch, toddlers, coffee corner, the Sunday school and the youth group to meet in the warm.
Wednesday 9   Deddington Deanery: Sarah Sharp, Hilary Campbell, Annie Goldthorpe, Lynne Philpot, Juliet West, Christopher Hurst. For our ministry among the many new housing estates across our deanery and for confidence to share in a ministry of welcome and hospitality. For our many schools, especially for those who serve as governors, that their ministry will be fruitful and that new governors will come forward.
Thursday 10   Banbury St Mary: Serena Tajima, Jeff West, Sarah Bourne, Louise Adey-Huish. For Sarah’s work as Chaplain to the Arts as we begin to open up again after lockdown. For Serena going on maternity leave this month, her husband Andrew and for their new baby. St Mary’s CE School.
Friday 11   Wykeham: Neil Bowler, John Tattersall. Pray that we discern, using the Parish Planning Tool, our mission and evangelism to and in the six parishes within the benefice. Pray for growth in numbers who gather together in worship, in prayer, in our Bible study groups, and for growth in our close relationships with the schools within the benefice: Sibford Gower Endowed, Bishop Carpenter CE School, Swalcliffe Park School and Sibford School.
Saturday 12   Banbury St Hugh: Anita Smith, Colin Smith. Give thanks for all the creativity that has come out during the pandemic and pray that we will continue to be able to use those gifts in our worship and serving the community. For ways to make connections with families in the community, and to be able build links with the local secondary schools.
Monday 14   Ironstone: Alicia Baker, Lindy Bridgeman. For our Rector, Alicia, who joined us in May and for her ministry within the benefice. Pray that the Associate Priest role would soon be filled to support Alicia. Shenington CE Primary School, Wroxton CE Primary School.
Tuesday 15   Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington: Dale Gingrich, Jocelyn Merris, John Smith, Olwen Smith, Michael Campling. For Bloxham CE Primary School and all the schools in the benefice – for children, parents, teachers, staff and governors – and the many ways we work together to share the gospel as a community drawn together by the Spirit. For the building of our future co-operatively upon Christ, our head and cornerstone, where all are welcomed, encouraged and equipped to share God’s love.
Wednesday 16   Shires’ Edge: Hilary Campbell, Lynda Alcock, Jonathan Meyrick, Sue Upton. For a re-gathering and re-connection of church community across the benefice. For Cropredy CE Primary School and for renewing relationships and partnership with the school.
Thursday 17   Banbury St Paul: Dan McGowan, Jake Eggertsen, Steve Short, Susan Johnston, Jeannette Law. For our church leadership and the wider church family as we emerge out of lockdown. For increased love for, and encouragement of, one another. Pray that St Paul's would be fervent in prayer as we contemplate the next phase in our church life. That we would look to Christ to lead us in all that we do so that his name would be honoured.
Friday 18   Deddington with Barford, Clifton and Hempton: Annie Goldthorp, Christine Turner, Christopher Hall, Allan Doig. For our projects to help reduce food waste in Deddington and the move towards becoming a foodbank. For the reintroduction of our family services at Deddington and Barford St Michael. Deddington CE Primary School.
Saturday 19   Bodicote: Sarah Sharp, Elizabeth Smith, Brian Gardner. For our new curate, Nick Fielden, and his wife Vikki as they prepare to join us in July. As we move out of lockdown, pray for a clear vision and the confidence and resources to move forward in faith to serve our communities. Bishop Loveday CE Primary School.
Monday 21   Banbury St Leonard: Sue Burchell. For our continued links with the local schools and local care home. For the parish to prepare for the vicar's retirement in August. St Leonard’s CE Primary School.
Tuesday 22   Adderbury: Liz Simpson. Give thanks for services and events where we’ve been able to welcome back lots of people. Pray that we would fill PCC vacancies, including a PCC secretary. Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School.
Wednesday 23   Banbury St Francis: Chris Gaynor, Alison Davis. For our congregation as we go back into church. For the church as we gather in July to reflect on our experience of the coronavirus and what it will mean for the future as a church community.
Thursday 24   Milton Keynes Deanery: Tim Norwood, David Thom, Janet Nelsey. For The Mission Partnership and our ecumenical partners. For The Milton Keynes Rose, a new and spectacular public place in Central Milton Keynes, available to everyone for celebration, commemoration and contemplation.
Friday 25   Milton Keynes St Mark: Paul Oxley, Becky Lawrence. For St Mark’s Meals, serving emergency dinners to children in 67 schools across the city who would otherwise go to bed hungry. For the upcoming launch of the Sanctuary Network, creating safe spaces in churches for survivors of domestic abuse. For Bishop Gavin, confirming at Radley College.
Saturday 26   Fenny Stratford: Fr Victor Bullock, Fr John Hibbard, Fr Ian Thomas, all our lay visitors. For the ongoing work and mission of the parish as we emerge from lockdown. Pray that the repairs identified at the last quinquennial would be easily carried out.
Monday 28   Stantonbury and Willen: Paul Smith, Chuks Iwuagwu, Neil Popham, Sam Muthuveloe, Helen Rouse, Colin Taylor, Margaret Moakes, John Beazley, Judy Rose, Peter Green, Susan Jackson, Stephen Fletcher, Steve Barnes, Wendy Carey. For finalising and implementing our Local Ecumenical Partnership Review. For the application for and implementing our status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. St Andrew’s CE Infant School.
Tuesday 29   Woughton: Ian Herbert, Paul Norris, Mike Davidge, Nicola Vidamour, Charmaine Howard. For a renewal of the Holy Spirit as we seek to fulfil God’s purpose in Woughton Local Ecumenical Parish. That through prayer, love and support every person will see and fulfil their potential in Christ Jesus.
Wednesday 30   Walton Milton Keynes: Matt Trendall, Ruth Maxey, Ruth Gookey, Keith Straughan. For the significant growth of our congregations during our year online to be maintained as we offer church both online and in-person from now on. For new missional communities to form this year and next on the new estates in our parish. St Mary’s Wavendon CE Primary School.

Prayer on Sundays

Sunday 6   For Bishop Steven’s work on the Lords Select Committee for the environment and climate change.
Sunday 13   For Bishop Gavin, confirming in the Churn benefice; for Bishop Steven, confirming at St Andrew’s, Oxford and St Edward’s School, Oxford. For Diocesan Synod this week.
Sunday 20   For Bishop Steven, confirming at St Clement’s, Oxford.
Sunday 27   For Bishop Olivia, confirming at St George’s, Newbury.
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