Prayer Diary

Prayer Diary September 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.'
Exodus 15:2

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

Saturday 1   Wokingham: David Hodgson, Colin James, Jason Bowles and John Boylan. For Revd Hannah Higginson as she prepares to join the benefice as associate priest. For guidance and the resources needed as we move forward with our project to re-order the church, Community Church 2020. All Saints Primary School and Nursery.
Monday 3   Prestwood and Great Hampden: Deiniol Heywood, Teresia Derlen and Nigel Spoor. For our ongoing work with Partnership for Missional Church. For the recruitment of a new member of our ministry team.
Tuesday 4   Witney Benefice: Toby Wright, Ness Whiffin, Mark Thomas, Joy Hance, Sally Wright, Joanna Collicutt, Ross Meikle, Richard Young and the retired clergy and LLMs who assist. For St Kenelm's, Minster Lovell as they will be advertising for a house for duty priest. For the Witney FEAST early in September, celebrating 775 years since the dedication of St Mary the Virgin. For our schools and young people's ministry. St Mary's Infant School, Witney; The Batt Primary School; Hailey Primary School; St Kenelm's School, Minster Lovell.
Wednesday 5   Wendover and Halton: Sally Moring, Peter Louis, David Blackmore, Becky Murgatroyd, Ian Sansbury and Matt Ryan. For our new Mission Action Plan, which aims to put us more at the heart of our community, and for our developing work with children, young people and families. For ongoing discussions and plans around the redevelopment of Halton after the closure of RAF Halton planned for 2022. Wendover Junior School.
Thursday 6   Weston Turville: David Wales and Susan Fellows. For our SWIFT project to provide a beautiful room and accessible facilities for church and community use. Weston Turville School.
Friday 7   Finchampstead and California: Julie Ramsbottom, Julian McAllen, Tonia Elliott, John Edwards, Hannah Higginson, Gemma Wilkinson and James Lawbuary. For our Alpha Course starting at the beginning of October. For our annual quiet day at Ascot Priory on Saturday 8 September. Finchampstead Primary School.
Saturday 8   Bampton with Clanfield: Tessa Kuin Lawton, Celia Humphreys, Dennis Piper, David Battersby and Roger Humphreys. For our new vicar, Canon Janice Collier, who begins her work with us in September; for all five of our churches and the PCC at this time. Aston and Cote Primary School; Bampton Primary School; Clanfield Primary School.
Monday 10   Brize Norton and Carterton: Bill Blakey, Ian Howard and Lyndsay Baker. Give thanks for God's blessing in the form of a significant legacy to Carterton and for the dedication in both churches of our lay leaders. For James Maddern and his family, with the huge challenges ahead as he retires due to ill health. Also, for Bill Blakey and his wife Sue as he retires at the end of November. For both parishes as they face a double vacancy and for the person God is calling to be the new team rector. St John the Evangelist Primary School, Carterton.
Tuesday 11   Burford with Fulbrook and Taynton, Asthall with Swinbrook and Widford: Richard Coombs, Cedric Reavley, Oliver Strange, Chris Ashton, Roy Tarbox, Jonathan Bright and John Leach. Pray that the benefice may prayerfully prepare for the forthcoming vacancy in a spirit of unity and godly love. That the parish representatives may seek and acknowledge God's guidance towards our next incumbent.
Wednesday 12   Cogges and South Leigh: Simon Kirby, Nick Pike, Rich White, Kirsty Morgan, Marilyn Graves, Ian Smith, Andy McCulloch and Ben Osman. For wisdom as we explore 'missional communities' and what this might look like in context at Cogges. For wisdom for the South Leigh PCC as we consider future ministry opportunities, and a restorative and inspiring sabbatical for Revd Nick Pike. The Blake Primary School.
Thursday 13   Ducklington with Hardwick: Paul Boddam-Whetham, David Adams, Meg Roberts and Ian Paul. For us to discern and develop our gifts within the church 'to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ'. For us to receive and act upon God's vision for reaching out to the physical and spiritual needs of our village and wider community. Ducklington Primary School.
Friday 14   Lower Windrush: Andrew Tweedy, Billie Tweedy and Alison Shaw. For our rector and lay minister, Drew and Billie, to enjoy a relaxing, refreshing and inspiring sabbatical. For arrangements with visiting clergy to run smoothly and for their ministry to bring fresh insight and increase awareness of the wider church. For the new academic year to begin positively for our two Church of England primary schools and the Mulberry Bush Special School. Standlake Primary School; Stanton Harcourt Primary School.
Saturday 15   North Leigh: Margaret Dixon, Betty Harvey, Dave Broughton and Shirley Armitage. For our work with young people at North Leigh School and the youth project and for all the young people as they prepare to begin in their new classes, particularly for those moving up to secondary school. For our ministry of welcome to those moving into the new houses in North Leigh. North Leigh Primary School.
Monday 17   Shill Valley and Broadshire: Harry MacInnes and Martin Down. St Peter's Primary School, Alvescot; St Christopher's Primary School, Langford.
Tuesday 18   The Lee: David Burgess. Lee Common School.
Wednesday 19   Sonning Deanery: Julie Ramsbottom, John Smith, Daniel Merceron and Katie Toogood.
Thursday 20   Arborfield with Barkham: Piers Bickersteth, Julian Bidgood, Mark Huddleston, Andy Kearns, Mellissa Tuthill and Phil Rowlandson. Give thanks for our Holiday Bible Club in August and for the many children who came and heard the gospel; may what they heard bear fruit in their hearts and lead them to repentance and faith in Jesus. For the congregations of Arborfield, Barkham, Christ Church Wokingham and Church at the Green; that we would have a growing love for those who don't know Jesus in our communities. The Coombes Primary School.
Friday 21   Crowthorne: Lisa Cornwell, Gillian Gyenes, David Ramsbottom, Hazel Berry and Lewis Simmons. For those who would benefit to sign up to our CAP (Christians Against Poverty) course. For our Messy Harvest/Science session on Saturday 6 October. Crowthorne Primary School.
Saturday 22   Witney Deanery: Toby Wright, Kevin Rillie, Mandy Studley and Ron Curtis. For parishes where there are endings and new beginnings.
Monday 24   Owlsmoor: Catherine Vaughan, Penny Crane, Linda Hewlett and Pat Rae. That our journey through Partnership for Missional Church will gather pace as more people become engaged with it and we begin to notice more of God at work. That we can reach out to, and build deeper relationships with, the young families in our parish, especially those who come to Messy Mondays toddler group.
Tuesday 25   Winnersh: James Warren, Clifford and Patricia Smith. Give thanks for the Tuesday Open Door initiative where we have introduced lectio divina as a way to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us; we pray for a greater number of people to engage with this ancient practice. For the Open the Book Team who have their first gig at Bearwood Primary School on 26 September; may the pupils and staff enjoy our first presentation, and may deeper connections be forged with St Catherine's Church, Bearwood.
Wednesday 26   Sandhurst: John Castle, Angela Harper and John White. For more children to attend Bible Bites, which takes place monthly at lunchtimes at St Michael's School. For the successful repair of the window above the baptismal font. St Michael's Primary School.
Thursday 27   Sonning Benefice: Jamie Taylor, Katie Toogood, Bob Peters and Chris West. For our new youth minister, Chris West, who was welcomed to the parish on 2 September. For our plans for our new bi-monthly pensioners lunch club in the St Andrew's Ark, which begins on 9 October. Sonning Primary School.
Friday 28   Wargrave with Knowl Hill: John Cook, Hugh Barne, Steve Turville, Grace Barne, Katie Blades and Camilla Cook. For us as we reach out to young families, children and teenagers within the benefice. For completion of our church extension. Knowl Hill Primary School, Crazies Hill Primary School, The Piggott School, Robert Piggott Infants School and Robert Piggott Junior School.
Saturday 29   Ruscombe and Twyford with Hurst: Anna Harwood, Geoff Pugh, Helen Charlton, Graham Theobald, David West, Paul Minton, Gordon Connell, Becci March, Connor Heath and Ele Buckley. For a full recovery for Anna Harwood after recent surgery. For those involved in preparing and running the Alpha Course and for a positive response from those invited to attend. For our church Awayday on 3 November; for the opportunity to spend time together and to reflect on the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Polehampton Infants School, Polehampton Junior School and St Nicholas Primary School, Hurst.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 16   Bishop Steven confirming at Warfield. Bishop Alan confirming at St Mary's, Long Crendon.
Sunday 23   Bishop Colin confirming at Emmanuel Church, Bicester. Bishop Alan confirming at Burnham and Slough.
Sunday 30   Bishop Colin confirming in the Langtree benefice. Bishop Andrew confirming at St Lawrence, Hungerford. Bishop Alan confirming in Claydon.
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