Prayer Diary

Prayer Diary May 2019

But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:3

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

Wednesday 1   Greenham: David McLeod, John Bramhall, Brian Jones and Martin Cawte. For the start of a new parent and toddler group, 'Tea, Toys and Tots,' in May. For our Blessings Group, as we start to bless people moving into new housing, those living at the racecourse and our local community with prayer and practical action.
Thursday 2   Hermitage: Wayne Lautenbach, Meg Kirby, Wendy Willoughby-Paul, Margaret Fisher and Cathy Hawkins. For discernment of God's will as we begin a new journey together having just appointed a new Team Rector and Team Vicar. For a continued willingness to work together with the schools and parish councils to build God's kingdom in our beautiful villages. For our combined PCCs' away day to start the process of developing a new vision for our team. Cold Ash St Mark's School, Compton School, Hampstead Norreys School, Yattendon School.
Friday 3   Hungerford with Denford: Mike Saunders, Alison Saunders, Mike Morecroft, Nigel Sands, Robin Sharples and James McMahon. Give thanks for 30 new members and for the Parish Giving Scheme which has brought our finances up to break even. For faculty and planning permission to build a kitchen and hall at the back of the church. Bishop Colin confirming at Bloxham School.
Saturday 4   Lambourn Valley: For Revd Julie Mintern as she approaches her institution on 31 July. Give thanks for the retired clergy who have helped out during the interregnum. For the congregations of Eastbury, East Garston and Lambourn as they prepare to receive a new vicar. Give thanks for the dedicated work of Malcolm Rolfe, recently retired warden, after a lifetime of service to the parish of Lambourn. Lambourn School.
Monday 6   St Nicholas, Newbury and St Mary, Speen: Will Hunter Smart, Joy Mawdesley, Ed Carthy, Jane Sutton and Marcia Wadham. For the refreshing of our vision with the PCC and congregation at St Nicholas. For the establishment of a CAP Debt Centre in partnership with an independent church in Newbury. For the launch of St Mary's new Mission Action Plan and the growth of its ministry to all sections of the parish. St Nicholas Junior School.
Tuesday 7   St George and St John, Newbury: Becky Bevan, Debbie Davison and Terry Winrow. For our preparations for Thy Kingdom Come events at St George's. For our proposed improved accessibility project at St John's. St John the Evangelist School.
Wednesday 8   Shaw cum Donnington: Marion Wood. Pray that our church will grow and that we will have a positive engagement with our community. Shaw cum Donnington School.
Thursday 9   Thatcham: Mark Bennet, Brenda Harland, Leonard Onugha and Marion Fontaine. For Nicola Hulks as she prepares to join us as Team Vicar in July, and for Leonard Onugha as he prepares for his ordination as priest. Give thanks for the flourishing of the relationship between St Barnabas Church and Thatcham Park School. For help as we face our financial challenges. For developing our work with baptism families - especially for opportunities to open a journey to discipleship. Pray that the opportunity to engage in youthwork alongside our town council will come to fruition, and that our work with older members of our community will continue to be effective.
Friday 10   Walbury Beacon: Mark Wilson, Sue Webster and Tim Wood. For our new House for Duty Priest, Tim Wood, and for Sue Webster as she leaves us at the end of May to take up a post in the Hermitage group. Enborne School, Kintbury St Mary's School.
Saturday 11   Deanery of Deddington: Sarah Sharp, Lynne Philpot, Stephen Fletcher, Jon Cardy, John Jackson and Jackie Jones. For wisdom and discernment as we complete our deanery plan. For the right person to be found to fill our vacant posts.
Monday 13   Adderbury: For our parish in a time of vacancy and that God will bring the right person to become our new vicar. For the new services led by lay people. Christopher Rawlins School. Bishop Colin confirming St Helen's and St Katharine's Schools, Abingdon.
Tuesday 14   St Francis, Banbury: Chris Gaynor.
Wednesday 15   St Hugh, Banbury: For Anita Smith and Colin Smith as we seek with St Hugh's to grow in faith and have the confidence to share that faith in our local community. Give thanks for St Hugh's links in the community. Pray for all who are moving into the new housing that is springing up, and for safety for the builders.
Thursday 16   St Leonard, Banbury: Sue Burchell. For the successful completion of the building work in church (a disabled toilet and kitchen). To make the most of the new facilities by increasing community use of the church. St Leonard's School.
Friday 17   St Mary, Banbury: Jeff West, Sarah Bourne, Louise Adey Huish and Roger Verrall. For all those involved in the process of discerning who is to be our new vicar. For St Mary's Church of England School, and the community it serves.
Saturday 18   St Paul, Banbury: Dan McGowan, Jake Eggersten, Sue Johnston, Jeanette Law and Annabelle Coombs. Pray that we would be sensitive to God's guidance as we review our ministries after a break. That we would pray more as a church.
Monday 20   Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington: Dale Gingrich and Jocelyn Merris. Give thanks for the retired clergy who give so much of their time and energy to keep the mission and ministry vibrant in our churches: Michael Campling, Christine Lester, Graham Osgood, John Smith and Olwen Smith. For Building Our Future as we seek to join in God's work in the benefice as we make our churches more accessible, flexible and accommodating. Bloxham Primary School.
Tuesday 21   Bodicote: Sarah Sharp, Elizabeth Smith and Brian Gardner. For discernment, hope, wisdom and commitment as we continue to explore environmental issues and our responses to them. For loving action as we attempt to demonstrate our love and care for those elderly and sick in our congregations who need us to come to them now. Bishop Loveday School. Bishop Colin confirming at Benson.
Wednesday 22   Deddington with Barford, Clifton and Hempton: Annie Goldthorp and Paula Smith. For our new Tuesday morning toddler group in Deddington and for a renewed vision of church in the Barford villages. Deddington Primary School.
Thursday 23   Ironstone: John Reader and Lindy Bridgeman. Pray for Ironstone as we adapt to being understaffed from the end of April. For our ongoing response to the new estates in the benefice; the five upcoming church fetes; and for Shenfest Music Festival. Shenington Primary School, Wroxton Primary School, Hornton Primary School.
Friday 24   Shires' Edge: Hilary Campbell. Pray that we may continue to explore ways in which our buildings may be sources of spiritual refreshment and opportunities for creativity and connection within the communities in which we live and serve. For the Little Lights group; for hosting musical events and worship; for important church fabric work. Cropredy Primary School.
Saturday 25   Wykeham: Ronald Hawkes, Elisabeth Hawkes and John Tattersall. For the shared life of our six rural churches as we seek to serve all the people of our villages and scattered farms. Give thanks for God's blessing on so many good things that we currently do in his name. Bishop Carpenter Primary School.
Monday 27   Deanery of Milton Keynes: Tim Norwood, David Thom, Alan Hodgetts and Linda Kirk. For the sixth strand of the diocesan common vision, 'Celebrate and bless Milton Keynes'. For the Deanery priority issues: mental health, affordable housing and domestic abuse.
Tuesday 28   Milton Keynes Mission Partnership: John Robertson, Ann Harris, Alison Drury and Adrian Prisk. For new initiatives coming together to work towards the vision 'MK: A City Alive to God'. For the development of our plans for learning to build capacity for mission in the city.
Wednesday 29   Milton Keynes Christian Foundation: Stephen Norrish. For the many young people who we work with who are struggling with mental health challenges. For families supporting young people with special educational needs.
Thursday 30   Bletchley: David McDougall, Ben Thorpe, Matt Beer, Paul Pavlou, Hannah Akibo-Betts, Sam Muthuveloe, Andrew Walmsley, Jacqui Butcher, Maryann Brooks and Darrel Hofland. For an upcoming church plant into Milton Keynes from St Mary's. For continued involvement of our children and young people in mission. Coldharbour Primary School.
Friday 31   Christ the Cornerstone: Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga and George Mwaura. For God's wisdom and guidance as we grow, becoming a living parable of diversity ('we have come from all the corners of the earth'). For unity for the town. For the mission of God in the town centre of Milton Keynes. Bishop Alan confirming in Newport Deanery. Bishop Colin confirming at Kingham Hill School and Cokethorpe School. Bishop Alan confirming in Burnham and Slough Deanery; Bishop Steven confirming at Bradfield College; Bishop John Went confirming at Downe House School; Bishop David Jennings confirming in Claydon Deanery. Bishop Colin confirming at Abingdon on Thames.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 5   Bishop Alan confirming in Newport Deanery.
Sunday 12   Bishop Colin confirming at Kingham Hill School and Cokethorpe School.
Sunday 19   Bishop Alan confirming in Burnham and Slough Deanery; Bishop Steven confirming at Bradfield College; Bishop John Went confirming at Downe House School; Bishop David Jennings confirming in Claydon Deanery.
Sunday 26   Bishop Colin confirming at Abingdon on Thames
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