Prayer Diary

Prayer Diary November 2018

'Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.'
Psalm 46:10

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

Thursday 1   Hedsor with Bourne End: Janet Binns and Lyn Gooch. As we come to the end of a sermon series on Paul's letter to the Colossians, pray for renewed confidence and enthusiasm to persist in prayer, to give constant attention to growing in faith, to persevere and to be in readiness to share the gospel with others. For those carrying the burden of looking after family members with mental health issues, that they may know God's love and guidance as a source of comfort and inspiration.
Friday 2   High Wycombe: Hugh Ellis, Wendy Bull, Simon Dust, Christopher Owen, Jonny Dade, Elaine Carr, Jackie Lock, Marie Jackson, Ruth Wooster, Natalie Worsfold, Heather Graham, Derek Lancaster, Ruth Parry-Jennings, Ruth Harley, Alan Gibson, Laurence Smy, Maureen Lampard, Erica Holt, Alison Smale, Janice Allerston, Megan Beer and Barbara Prior. As the team evolves, pray for a continued spirit of mutuality and service, that the churches with more resources feel able to support the mission of those with fewer. May missional prayer and action be our strong sense of calling towards our town. High Wycombe School.
Saturday 3   Hughenden: Keith Johnson, Helen Peters and David Tester. For our Youth and Children's Worker, Rebecca, who leads our ministry to the youth and children of our parish as well as working half time for Wycombe Youth For Christ - that God would continue to bless her in all that she does. For our local church school, Great Kingshill, that God would continue to bless the children and staff in all their endeavours.
Monday 5   Loudwater: Peter Coles, Sue Smithies, Derek Butler, Patrick Finlay, Ray Douglas, Lara Deen and Ellie Laverty. For Tim and Roz Butlin as they move to Taunton to start their retirement after 27 years in ministry. For our parish and PCC as we begin a vacancy, that we work together in unity, that a PCC away day this month is profitable and that as a church we hear God's directions as we pray.
Tuesday 6   South Chilterns Group Ministry: Mark Ackford and Judy Taylor. For the church communities of the South Chilterns Group Ministry as they prepare to become the Benefice and Parish of the South Chilterns and a team ministry. For the village communities of Stokenchurch, Ibstone, Lane End and Cadmore End that form the South Chiltern Group, especially for the young families and children that attend the schools within the group. Cadmore End Combined School and Ibstone School.
Wednesday 7   Terriers: Irena Lowe. For the Parish of St Francis, Terriers as they discern their way ahead during the current vacancy, completing their parish profile and moving towards joining the Wycombe Team benefice. May God bless them and increase their mission in the parish and towards younger families and children.
Thursday 8    West Wycombe with Bledlow Ride, Bradenham and Radnage: Allan Barton, Jenny Ellis, Linda Richardson and Veronica Beaumont. For the future life of the benefice, that we might grow together in holiness. For the challenges we face with our built inheritance and confidence in Christ to work to a solution. Radnage Primary School. Bishop Steven confirming at St Nicolas, Marston .
Friday 9   Wooburn: Martin Wallington. St Paul's Combined School, Wooburn Green.
Saturday 10   Deanery of Woodstock: David Tyler, Liz Whittle, Mike Sinfield and Marenka Roseby. For the growth of our churches. For the appointment of a new Rector for Woodstock and Bladon.
Monday 12   Eynsham and Cassington: Duncan Fraser, John Underwood, Roger Aston, Andrew Atherstone, Olly Shaw and Carmen Fraser. For the Spirit to be at work as St Leonard's, Eynsham holds two guest services this month. For relationships to be deepened at our monthly joint school/church family service at St Peter's, Cassington.
Tuesday 13    Hanborough and Freeland: David Tyler, Sue Spankie, Emma Hopegood Jones, Clive Berry and Peter Langley. For the growth of our churches. For our welcome to those moving into new houses. Hanborough Manor School and Freeland Primary School.
Wednesday 14   Steeple Aston with North Aston and Tackley: Marcus Green, Richard Bailey and Robin Gibbons. Pray that God would continue to grow his church in all three parishes as we all experience different stages of major building projects. Pray that, as we move toward Christmas, we might reach even more people in our villages with the love of Jesus this year. Dr Radcliffe's Primary School, Steeple Aston; Tackley Primary School. Bishop Steven confirming at the Church of the Holy Family, Blackbird Leys.
Thursday 15   Stonesfield with Combe Longa: For The Treasure box held at the St James Centre in Stonesfield and its work with our children in the village, well attended and greatly loved by those who come along. Pray that the families attending would find the love of God in their lives as they attend. Also for Sunday Funday on the third Sunday of the month where families are invited to the St James Centre for games and refreshments with a Christian theme attached. Pray that they too will find the love of God in our church. Combe Primary School.
Friday 16   Westcote Barton with Steeple Barton, Duns Tew, Sandford St Martin and Over with Nether Worton: Jane Wright, Susan Small and Stephanie Lacey. We give thanks for all who have worked so hard during the vacancy, and pray for our benefice as we go forward. Bishop John Went confirming at Downe House School.
Saturday 17   Wootton with Glympton and Kiddington: Stephen Jones and Jenny Wagstaffe. Give thanks for the good response to our fundraising appeal. For our 'fresh expression' worship and for outreach to newcomers. Wootton-by-Woodstock Primary School. Bishop John Went confirming at St George's School.
Monday 19   Woodstock and Bladon: Alice Dell-Venning, Shaun Henson, Stephen Pix, Gail Ward, Ben Knighton and Mark Smith. For the churchwardens and churches as the Benefice of Woodstock and Bladon searches for a new rector in months to come. For the existing ministry team and their ongoing mission. Bladon Primary School; Woodstock Primary School; The Marlborough School, Woodstock.
Tuesday 20   Yarnton with Begbroke and Shipton-on-Cherwell: Oliver Petter. For our ministry to William Fletcher Primary School and the LVS school. For our common life as a new benefice, and our discernment as to how we are being called to work and serve together.
Wednesday 21   Deanery of Abingdon: Helen Kendrick, Shirley Northover, Karen Landon and Martin Steel. For the building up of closer working relationships between the parishes and clergy as we focus on our mission priorities.
Thursday 22    Abingdon-on-Thames: Charles Miller, Paul Smith and Mary Williamson. For our mission and ministry across the parish through our three congregations. For the outworking of the identified priorities of our PCC Away Day.
Friday 23   Appleton with Besselsleigh: Ken Campbell and Martin French. For fruit from various outreach events in the run-up to Christmas, especially as we seek to build our work among young families. For a growing sense of loving community as our Home Groups meet to study God's word and to encourage and pray for one another. Appleton Primary School.
Saturday 24   Cumnor: Jonathan Widdess, Jean Pryce-Williams, Helen Azer, Jez Ferguson, Neil Grady, Eve Lockett and David Henderson Slater. For our fundraising for the rebuilding of St Andrew's, Dean Court, and for the recruitment process for a Children and Families Team Leader. Cumnor Primary School.
Monday 26   DAMASCUS benefice: Helen Kendrick, Philip Sutton, Meg Heywood, Rosie Bruce, Karen Hyde, Alex Landsbert, Tim Budd and Jack Jarvis. For the ministry team and PCC as we review our mission priorities and continue outreach work to our growing communities. Give thanks for the successful Stewardship Campaign. For our schools work and the deepening relationships between the churches and schools. For the capital projects and associated fundraising taking place across the parish - restoration of the bells at Steventon; installation of a sound system at Appleford; building a community room, new toilets and a kitchen at Sutton Courtenay to enable us to serve the community better. St Blaise Primary School, Milton Heights; St Michael's Primary School, Steventon; Sutton Courtenay Primary School.
Tuesday 27   Dry Sandford: Stuart Sharp and Josephine Cross. For wisdom and guidance in finding a new vicar for the parish and a chaplain for Cothill School. For blessing and protection for all involved in repairing the masonry damage in the church ceiling. Dry Sandford Primary School.
Wednesday 28   Fyfield with Tubney and Kingston: David Pickering, Ian Bensted, Anne Curtis and Gary Long. For Fyfield's new, informal morning service. For Kingston's new Mission Action Plan, just launched, especially the opening events and courses.
Thursday 29   Marcham with Garford and Shippon: Richard Zair, Rosemary Siebert and Elaine Steere. That we respond generously and with thanksgiving following our recent TRIO service at All Saints; that special services this autumn at St Mary's and St Luke's open hearts and minds afresh; that new governors come forward for Marcham School; that the recently launched St John Ambulance Cadet Unit in Marcham attracts further young people; for continuing restoration to good health of our vicar. Marcham Primary School.
Friday 30   North Abingdon: Keith Dunnett, Kath Cooke, Phil Cooke, Nessa Watts, Ros Steel, Heather Hughes, Bea Ellaby, Hannah Brewer, Ben French, Ed Wiles, Sarah Fry, Hannah Kitchener, Alex Lister, Christine Talbot, Clint McVea, Jackie Sheppard, David Lever, Nick McLeish, Anne Taylor, Derek Walker, Mike Warner, Colin Wood, and at Peachcroft Christian Centre - Rebecca Peters, Alan Wallis and Marion Haynes. For the current vision process, that we might discern God's vision for Christ Church for the coming years; for the 26 participants of the Growing Leaders course, learning to lead more like Jesus, more by Jesus, and lead more to Jesus. St Nicolas School, Abingdon.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 4   Bishop Andrew confirming in Newbury; Bishop Steven confirming at St Andrew's, Oxford.
Sunday 18   Bishop Andrew confirming at Wellington College and Reading Minster; Bishop Colin confirming at Radley College.
Sunday 25   Bishop Alan confirming at St Andrew's, High Wycombe; Bishop Andrew confirming in Caversham.
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