We thank you, Lord Jesus, for one another; for the pastoral support and belonging and friendship and fellowship we experience in our local church and in the wider Circuit, as well as with many other people in a variety of contexts.
Deepen our commitment to working with others as an expression of your prayer that your will might be done and your kingdom come on earth as in heaven.
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Also see Day 22 of the District Prayer Diary for Vale of Aylesbury Circuit
PRAYERS FOR THE CHURCHES
This idea arose from a Circuit Consultation where members said that they would like to see better communications around the Circuit.
It was felt that there was a lot of good work going on within the Circuit but few outside of their particular church ever got to hear about it. In these days when the only news we seem to hear concerning churches is when they are threatened with closure, it is vital that we get to hear the other side as well. One small example of how useful this 'Good News' has been so far is on the subject of our work with young people — Methodism has a wonderful history of work amongst young people. Some of the 'Good News' tell us that there is still good work going on amongst children and young people in many parts of our Circuit — the problem is that we never get to hear about it. It is so encouraging to hear the success stories of Toddler Groups, Youth Groups, Cafe and Messy Church, Drop-in Church — the list is endless and it is growing!
It was recently suggested that these prayers should be expanded to cover other aspects and groups that serve the Circuit or are given Circuit support. Four such topics have been suggested; The leadership Team, our Locals Preachers and regular Visiting Preachers, Fair Trade and the Karibuni Trust; other suggestions would be welcome.
It is good to hear that the coffee mornings are proving attractive to people, with growing numbers attending(and the cakes sound excellent too!). Please support them whenever you can and remember them in your prayers this Sunday.
Jackie Tooth writes:
Here at Stoke Hammond we continue to have our coffee mornings on a Wednesday which seem to get more people attending each week, we are thankful to all our friends who help out each week for producing the lovely cakes and helping with the teas and coffee.
We are still few in numbers at our Sunday worship but are grateful we are able to continue coming to worship.
We appreciate that we are short on preachers and originally decided to have our worship on a Wednesday but after a meeting with Donna and Helen and members of our chapel the members decided they would rather continue with Sunday worship with local arrangements when needed so not to have the Wednesday services after all.
Please keep Stoke Hammond in your prayers.