Prayer Diary

Prayer Diary April 2020

Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.
1 Chronicles 16:11

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

Wednesday 1   Hitcham: Sue Sampson, Alan Bignall, Mary Howarth. For our Alpha course, that those who were planning to come would be blessed.
Thursday 2   Sunninghill and South Ascot: Stephen Johnson, Michael Francescon, Mary Nichols, Tim Noman. For members to catch an exciting vision of the Kingdom of God in our churches. For our new afternoon congregation, Ascot@3, focussed on 915 year olds and their families that in future many would hear and be excited about the good news for the first time. Cheapside Primary School. St Michael's Primary School.
Friday 3   Burnham and Slough Deanery: Rod Cosh, Robin Grayson, David Shields, Jill Bell, Sheila Warburton. For the deanery, that it may find a successor as Rod Cosh leaves the deanery. That the parishes may grow in depth and numbers.
Saturday 4   Farnham Royal with Hedgerley: Chloe Willson-Thomas, Jan Clark. For Chloe as she begins her ministry as the new Rector in the Benefice. St Mary's Farnham Royal Primary School.
Monday 6   Upton-cum-Chalvey: Andrew Allen, Alistair Stewart, Linda Hillier, Robert Walker. For the parish as we discern a way forward in ministry and for our continuing work across the faith groups with the homeless. Slough and Eton Business and Enterprise College. St Mary's Primary School.
Tuesday 7   Colnbrook and Datchet: Darcy Chesterfield-Terry. For a continuing growth of faith across the two parishes. Colnbrook Primary School. Churchmead School.
Wednesday 8   Eton, Eton Wick and Boveney and Dorney: La Stacey, Hilary Davis. For the planning of a new church room in Eton Wick to serve the whole benefice that the plans may come to fruition and carry forward the mission of God. For all the people who give their service so faithfully, that the message of love will be seen in their service. Eton Porny First School. Eton Wick First School.
Thursday 9   Iver: Robert Gooding, Jim Dashper, Cindy Dinsmore, Carole Gooding, Sarah Smith. For an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all church members, especially those in leadership roles, resulting in growth in both numbers and faith.
Friday 10   Iver Heath: Andrew Montgomerie. That our community ministries with children and the elderly may be blessed and grow. That the joy of Easter may shine from our Church and encourage our congregation.
Saturday 11   Wexham: Andrew Parry, Jill Bell, Chris Collinge. For those on the fringes of faith. For all members of our church, especially those more elderly, fearful of the Coronavirus.
Monday 13   Langley Marish: Robin Grayson, Shola Aoko, Susan Lepp, Bill Birmingham. Lighthouse Langley is preparing for its second year and hoping to expand. We pray for sufficient volunteers and for a fruitful holiday club week. The Parish of Langley is facing changes with the retirement of the Team Rector. Pray for a sense of unity and direction across the Team Ministry.
Tuesday 14   Oxford link Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, Southern Africa: For the Diocese as they prepare to elect a new Bishop and for Mother Carol, the Vicar General, and all those carrying responsibility in the vacancy.
Wednesday 15   Horton and Wraysbury: Colin Gibson, Fleur Brill, Beryl Walters. For our newly set up virtual church and telephone network to keep in touch with all those self-isolating. For Beryl, who is in self-isolation, and her husband, who is at very high risk being very poorly.
Thursday 16   St Paul, Slough: Helen Broadbent, Nadeem Azam, Ronie Twumasi. For our vacancy for discernment and wisdom as we seek to appoint a new Vicar. Give thanks for our newly refurbished church, and for guidance as to how best to use it to reach out to our community in the future.
Friday 17   Taplow and Dropmore: Jane Cresswell, Suzanne Johnson. For Suzanne as she prepares for her priesting. For our toddler group. St Nicolas' Combined School.
Saturday 18   Britwell: Neil McCathie, Griff Griffiths. For the parish as it seeks to resource the development of cross-cultural mission.
Monday 20   St Andrew, Cippenham: Angeline Ruredzo. For the appointment of a new vicar. For the safety of our community youth with the rise in knife crime.
Tuesday 21   St John the Baptist, Manor Park and St Michael, Whitby Road: George Howard. For the rebuilding work at St John the Baptist. For the ongoing work with the homeless and rough sleepers in Slough.
Wednesday 22   Stoke Poges: Natasha Brady. That the vision and mission of Stoke Poges Church would continue to take shape in the daily lives of our congregation, so they flourish in faith. For success in our new adventure a children's holiday club, a real step of courage for us.
Thursday 23   Burnham: Janet Minkkinen, Ian Fordyce, Barry Marsden, Sue Smith. For the relaunching of our Pastoral Listeners, that they may be blessed in their ministry and help our community. For our children's ministry, that we may be guided by the Holy Spirit so that children will grow in their relationship with Jesus. St Peter's Primary School.
Friday 24   Slough Deaf Church: Vera Hunt. For our group who normally meet for Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month.
Saturday 25   Cowley Deanery: Geoff Bayliss, Tony Phelan, Trevor Jones. For foresight, wisdom and peace to be found in the body of Christ, as we carry the light of Jesus amongst the people of this diverse, and often challenged, community. For guidance as we discern what it means to be more Christ-like' over the coming days, weeks, months and years.
Monday 27   Cowley: Geoff Bayliss, Mark Oxbrow, Alison Lockhart, Tony Beetham, David Benskin, Richard Chand, Gemma Beesley, Mandy Watts. For our ordinand, David, and his family as he prepares for ordination and new curacy; we give thanks for their ministry and presence with us for the last three years. For discernment of gifts and vocation of home-grown leaders within the parish, and for courage for people to step out and offer themselves. St Christopher's Primary School. St Francis Primary School. Church Cowley St James Primary School.
Tuesday 28   St Andrew, Headington: Darren McFarland, Tim Howles, Jennifer Strawbridge. For our ministry to the isolated in the community. For the flourishing of our Young Church. St Andrew's Primary School.
Wednesday 29   Littlemore: Margreet Armitstead, Hannah Cartwright, Teresa Morgan, Ross Martin, Ben Johnson. For a greater working together with other Christians in our community so that together we may become a conduit of God's blessing. For guidance to be ready for the re-opening of our building after our large building project. John Henry Newman Academy. The Oxford Academy.
Thursday 30   Marston and Elsfield: Skye Denno, Andy Gosler, Stephanie Bullock, David Cranston, Joel Denno, Neil Barker. For our new Messy Church initiative which has drawn new families to church, for the team that lead the event and for wisdom for future planning.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 5    For all those leading the Diocese through this difficult time; that they would be sustained in body, mind and spirit.
Sunday 12   For all our clergy who have the burden of leadership as well as coping with the effects of the Coronavirus individually; that they would know Christ's strength in their weakness.
Sunday 19   For those on the margins of our communities, as we remember Jesus reaching out to them.
Sunday 26   For those who mourn, as we remember the words of Jesus that they will be comforted.
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