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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God of miracles and mundanity, God of divine mystery and surprising presence,
sow the seeds of your compassionate love in our lives.
God of the well-healed and the un-homed, God of the amply fed and the empty-bellied,
grow the seeds of your compassionate love in our communities.
God of the vociferous and the voiceless, God of the loved and the loveless,
may the fruitfulness of your compassionate love be known through our witness and worship,
by our commitment to justice and our hopeful living, by our inclusive hospitality and our generous presence,
that your Church may be the good news of Jesus Christ to all.
Helen Kirk, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District Chair
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, Karibuni Children and a recent addition, Young People; other suggestions would be welcome.
It is good to see outreach into the community here, with organisations like the local food bank and the Air Ambulance being supported. There is always a good atmosphere and a warm welcome, with events during the week as well as on a Sunday, whether you come to worship, play table tennis, drink tea or share a meal together. Do drop in if you are around on the days the church is open, and please remember the fellowship and the work here in your prayers on Sunday.
Rt Rev Andrew Shergold led our Harvest Festival service a couple of weeks ago. As is our normal practice now, we collected food for a local food bank. Staff there tell us a lot of people need the food bank and are grateful to the Church for responding to that need.
The Friday Lunch Club (first Friday each month) continues to do well. At the lunch on 1st November, Thames Valley Air Ambulance will have a stall selling Christmas cards and gifts.
The not-so-good news is that we continue to struggle financially, and the Church faces the serious possibility of closure. Important decisions have to be made at Church Council later this month. However, we have received support and encouragement from the Circuit Leadership Team and the other Churches. Thank you all for continuing to remember us in your prayers.