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 all grace, we rejoice that your love is for all, unlimited and free.
May we, your children, have the same generous love for the world that you show us in Christ. For in Christ, we are all seen and known fully, redeemed and restored, and we need never be ashamed of failure.
May we, in responding to all you offer us in Christ, learn to view others and see your world only through the lens of your love, which holds us, heals us and restores us to fullness of life.
Helen Cameron, Northampton District Chair
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.
. Every time we walk into the church, we still stop and look with joy at the lovely open space before us — a fitting place to worship our Lord! Please pray for the fellowship here this Sunday.
Since our wonderful refurbishment, three years ago, things have been buzzing at Chinnor Methodist Church. And no, it's not a bees' nest in the roof space but a firm-feet-on-the-ground buzz. Elizabeth Wilson was recently presented with a Certificate to thank her for serving as a Local Preacher for 60 years; quite an achievement, and even though she has now retired she still spreads the Good News at any opportunity she is given.
At our Covenant Service Rev Dr Romilly Micklem received Ann Fassom into membership and we as a congregation gave her a warm welcome. Talking of Rom, it's good to have him back again after his Sabbatical and taking our services again. On the same subject may we extend a big 'thank you' to all the Ministers and Local Preachers who 'plugged the gap' while he was away.
Our Sunday services are from 10.30 am, followed by coffee, except for the last Sunday in the month when we have coffee from 10.30 and the service starts at 11.00 am, followed by a delicious Bring and Share lunch.
Once a fortnight we have a Sunday Night Bible Fellowship in the Back Hall at Church and House Group at the Honeyball's meets fortnightly on a Monday afternoon.
Our clean, airy church is used for all kind of activities and for all ages too. Monday mornings is Social Table Tennis for the over 60s.
Liz Thorpe organised a 'Tots and Toast' last summer and this has proved popular too with more than 20 carers and over 30 babes and toddlers on Wednesday mornings. The children can choose different activities while carers socialise over a cuppa and yes, a piece of toast!
Once a month on Wednesday afternoons there is a Folk Session. On Thursday evenings it's Activity Club (7 — 11-year olds) and fortnightly on Fridays it's the all-age social club. As the village grows with all the new development it's important to have clubs like these.
Anyone wishing to attend any of the above activities would be very welcome. A happy new year to you all with many blessings from Chinnor.