Prayer Diary July 2018
The Lord is my strength and my might,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:
Monday 2 St Laurence, Reading: Chris Russell, Chris Jones and Amy Sykes. For each young person to hear Christ's call to follow, and follow. For joy, kindness and safety. For our staff team which has gone through changes (we have some new positions to fill) and for us all as a church as we rediscover what it means to build church with young people.
Tuesday 3 St Luke with St Bartholomew, Reading: Graeme Fancourt, Christine Blackman, Serena Tajima and Jane Lewis. Give thanks for the local children involved in the garden project, toddler groups, and church-led RE lessons. For wisdom for the church to know how best to build on these relationships to help people of all ages live more fully in Christ's resurrection life.
Wednesday 4 St Mark and All Saints, Reading: Jo Williams, Diana Matthews and Sylvia Cummins. All Saints Infants School; St Mary and All Saints Primary School.
Thursday 5 St Mary the Virgin, Reading: Stephen Pullin, Andrew Bond, Sarah Pullin and Judith Sumner. For the volunteers, staff and partners who provide hospitality and support to the community around the Minster.
Friday 6 St Matthew, Reading: Pads Dolphin, Kirstie Dolphin, Lynn Everett, Chris Everett and Adam Dimmick. For the church family group going to the New Wine summer conference (several first-timers) to enjoy fantastic fellowship together and meet powerfully with God. For those graduating from the Alpha Course in July to decide to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives.
Saturday 7 St James, Southlake: David Fulford, Peter Clarke, Samuel Mutton and Linda Galpin. For our newly appointed vicar, Revd Laurence Smith, as he prepares to move to Woodley with his wife Hannah over the summer. For the churchwardens and PCC as they navigate the final phase of the vacancy and look ahead to the future.
Monday 9 Henley-on-Thames with Remenham: For Fr John Croton, who is leading our worship during the interregnum. For God to send us the right person to become our next rector; interviews will be held on 10 July.
Tuesday 10 St George and St Mary Magdalen, Tilehurst: Adam Carlill and June Hardcastle. For the successful completion of the new community hall at St George's. For an inspirational weekend at St Mary Magdalen's as they celebrate in July the centenary of the end of the First World War by transforming the nave into a representation of Flanders Fields.
Wednesday 11 St Michael, Tilehurst: Jennifer Foakes.
Thursday 12 Woodley Emmanuel Conventional District: Sean Riordan and Susan Walters. For Susie Templeton, our new pioneer curate, who will be starting with us in July. For Kevin Colyer, our pioneer ordinand, and his family, as they move to St Peter's in Maidenhead to begin Kevin's curacy.
Friday 13 St John the Evangelist, Woodley: Eddie Marquez, Lynn Parish and David Fitzgerald. For the faculty application for the reordering and decoration of the church which is taking us quite a few years. For the new family service with puppets on the fifth Sunday in the month, and especially for the puppeteers (the last time, there were over 50 adults and nearly 30 children). Woodley Primary School.
Saturday 14 Henley Deanery: Linda Smith, Heather Llewellyn, Stephen Cousins, Peter Dewey and Ian Thacker. For our parishes currently in interregnum; for all who are underpinning the continuing ministry and for the successful appointment of new incumbents in due course. For the various mission projects across the deanery; that they will be blessed and fruitful.
Monday 16 Goring and Streatley with South Stoke: Elizabeth Dowding, Steve Johnson, Wendy Middleton, Judith Aguda and Judith Hogg. For those in each parish tasked with the job of preparing the Parish/Benefice Profile and Person Specification during our current interregnum. For our congregations, that they may support each other as well as supporting the ministry team during this time. Goring Primary School, Streatley Primary School.
Tuesday 17 Holy Trinity, Henley-on-Thames: Duncan Carter and Michael Forsdike. Trinity Primary School.
Wednesday 18 St Catherine, Tilehurst and St Birinus, Calcot: Gill Rowell, Tony Bartlett and Michael Heather. For preparations for our Holiday Club, 13-17 August, for volunteers, leaders and many children to attend. For wisdom, discernment and God's guidance for the seven members of the Strategy Action Group, who will be considering the direction of the parish.
Thursday 19 Langtree Benefice: Kevin Davies, Linda Smith, Claire Alcock, Alan Gates, Angela Linton, Brian Turner and Mary Daniels. For the churches across the Langtree Team Ministry that have plans for reordering and development at various stages. For Canon Kevin Davies and Revd Claire Alcock as they act as training incumbents for the two curates in the neighbouring Goring and Streatley benefice during the interregnum there. Checkendon Primary School; Stoke Row Primary School.
Friday 20 Nettlebed with Bix, Highmoor, Pishill and Rotherfield Greys: Brian Shenton. For us as we seek the way forward to appointing a new parish priest.
Saturday 21 Nuffield Benefice: For God to guide us during the current vacancy and for a new treasurer to join the team. For early funding for the reordering.
Monday 23 Rotherfield Peppard and Kidmore End and Sonning Common: James Stickings, Sheila Walker, Stewart Morgan and Morris Clegg. For Stewart Morgan, our curate, to be ordained priest in early July. For the two Church of England primary schools in the benefice, Kidmore End Primary School and Peppard Primary School, and for the churches' involvement with them.
Tuesday 24 Shiplake with Dunsden and Harpsden: Robert Thewsey. For our new curate, Sarah Nesbitt: for her ministry here in the benefice. For our new Pastoral Visiting Team as they start their work in caring for our community. Shiplake Primary School.
Wednesday 25 Oxford Deanery: Will Donaldson, Prudence Dailey, Clare Sykes, Jo Moffat-Levy and Henry Gibbon. For incumbents and clergy as they prepare to take their summer holidays, for rest and relaxation during their time away, and that they are able to find cover for services and regular activities. For those churches experiencing or facing interregnums, for time to come to terms with a change in leadership, and for strength to cope with the exacting demands of running churches during a vacancy.
Thursday 26 Kidlington with Hampton Poyle: Felicity Scroggie, Martin Davis, Laura Biron-Scott, Lesley Heffer and Meghann Hewitt. For the appointment of the architect for the building of St Mary's new hall facilities and the provision of a toilet and servery at Hampton Poyle. For the planning and setting up of new monthly accessible worship for carers and toddlers.
Friday 27 Osney Benefice: Clare Sykes, Martin Henig, Jo Moffett-Levy, Shei Crowther and Kate Seagrave. For growth in our outreach to families and children through Messy Church and children's services. For the building of relationships with our three local primary schools. North Hinksey Primary School.
Saturday 28 St Aldate, Oxford: Charlie Cleverly, Mark Brickman, Christopher Landau, Tim Bateman, Dan Hames, Simon Ponsonby, Will Donaldson, Nina Oskarsdottir, Andrew Gilmour, Anita Cleverly, Emily Berry, Matthew Key, David Portway, Lena Harris, Tom Barber, Aidan Hampton and Jamie Thomson. For God to be at work deeply in the 5s to 10s holiday club from 31 July to 4 August. For a move of God among postgraduate students, many of whom stay in Oxford during the summer months.
Monday 30 St Andrew, Oxford: Dan Heyward, Elizabeth Pitkethly, Paul White, Donald Hay, David Wright, Lesley Dentry and Fiona Peck. For the ongoing work on the Cutteslowe estate as we seek to employ a new youth and community worker and as we continue to partner with local churches to grow church in that area. For our youth and children's work, with a holiday club in August, and work with young people in the church and with local schools.
Tuesday 31 St Barnabas and St Paul with St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford: Jenny Pittaway, Susan Gillingham, Fr James Finnemore and Margaret Ellis. For the churchwardens and PCC during the interregnum. For a fruitful outcome to the Nursery and Boatyard projects. St Barnabus School.
Our Bishops on Sundays
Sunday 1 Bishop Colin confirming in Bodicote.
Sunday 8 Bishop Colin confirming in Witney and Horton-cum-Studley; Bishop Andrew confirming in Crowthorne, Sandhurst and Owlsmoor.
Sunday 15 Bishop Colin confirming at St Hugh's, Banbury; Bishop Alan confirming at Amersham on the Hill.
Sunday 22 Bishop Alan confirming in Milton Keynes.
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