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.
This Sunday 28 April it is the turn of Stewkley to be the focus of our Circuit Prayers.
Stewkley Methodist Church is a welcoming fellowship that celebrates its faith in a wide variety of ways. There are different styles of service to cater for a wide range of tastes. All ages and especially young families are always made very welcome.
Sunday School has been replaced by the Friday Workshop where youngsters are invited to explore God through various media. There is also the opportunity to enjoy food and a cup of tea together and many will have enjoyed the lunches on the third Saturday each month. Originally this was a fundraiser but has since become a regular event, enjoyed by many people from far and wide. There are also lots of other clubs and events held throughout the week. Please see the website for details.
Please remember the people and the work here in your prayers on Sunday.