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.
A busy market town, Thame is a hive of activity and the church has a high profile in the town centre. As you can see from their website, the church is open for tea and coffee 10 — 12 pm on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and you are sure of a warm welcome if you manage to drop in. Sunday service is at 10.30, and again you will be made most welcome!
Alison Orr writes:
News from Christchurch,
At our latest Members Meeting we reaffirmed our committment to be "A Church with a Mission". With that in mind we have arranged an "Away Day" on Saturday 21st April at the Barns Centre for all the congregation to attend. During the day which will be interspersed with drinks and eats, we will be reflecting on, and sharing, our hopes, fears and visions for the future.
As a continuation of the Prayer meetings that have been held in Thame since June, we are planning to run a week long Prayer Room with the other Churches in Thame, somewhere in the Town Centre from 13th — 20th May with the aim of encouraging the Christian Community to pray together in new and creative ways, also giving an opportunity to pray for those who have no experience of Christianity. The venue for this project has yet to be finalised.
Please pray for these two projects as we look to strengthen our Christian faith.