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.
See page 29 of the District Prayer Diary for Vale of Aylesbury Circuit
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.
This is a small dedicated team that works tirelessly to ensure the circuit cogs are well-oiled and rotate smoothly, but like many other voluntary organisations, the Circuit Leadership Team needs regular transfusions of new blood to ensure that it exudes enthusiasm and does not become set and fixed in its ways. There are currently two vacancies and volunteers would be welcomed!
This Sunday, please ask yourself if this is something you could consider being a part of and remember the team in your prayers.
Anne Marie Lord writes:
Good News from the Circuit Leadership Team
With a wonderful "Songs of Praise" farewell service in July we all wished Irena Byron, Steve Watts and Jim Gorringe well as they moved away to Minister elsewhere or, in Jim's case, "sitting down". Please pray for their well-being as they settle into new manses, new circuits and, for Irena and Steve, join new Circuit Leadership Teams.
Then at the end of August we welcomed Donna-Marie Broadbent-Kelly and her family into the Circuit. Blessed by her graciousness and warmth and a real sense that family support is an integral part of her ministry please share with us in prayers for Donna, Dave, Joseph, Hannah and William as they settle in Stewkley and in the Circuit.
Having also welcomed Barry Tarbox and said farewell to Michele Challenger it seemed a good time to reorganise some of the Circuit Steward representation at your church councils to enable us to meet Circuit folk further away from our own churches. It's so lovely to meet with you all and to hear about some of your "Good News" in action at your Council meetings. So join with us as we pray for all our churches and for their church councils, for our ministers who guide the councils in the business that is required as trustees and who nurture us all as we share the love of Christ in our church families and in our communities. Blessings .....Anne Marie