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Prayer Cycle for March

No.87 March 2020

This month our special focus is on Parish of St George’s Owlsmoor

  • Please pray for:
  • Vicar:                                                        The Revd Catherine Vaughan
  • Licensed Lay Minister:                        Penny Crane
  • Godly Play and Youth Leaders:   Linda & David Hewlett
  • Church Warden:                                     Brian Francis
  • PCC Sec:                                                      Bridget Crossley

Please pray for:

  • The project to renew the Church windows and all the administration tasks which need to be done before work can start.
  • For those in our congregation who are seriously unwell at the moment, especially those awaiting major surgery.
  • The recruitment of an organist for the 10am Sunday Eucharist.

Please give thanks for:

  • the generosity of people in the parish especially in our efforts to raise funds to renew our church windows

In the Deanery please pray:

  • St Michaels’ Sandhurst
    • For a deeper engagement with the Psalms as we explore them in a sermon series. For the Psalmathon on the 28 March. That people will experience the Psalms in a new way.
    • For our Choral Matins service on 29 March, that people will be come and experience a traditional form of service which may be new to them.
  • Woosehill
    • For continuing good progress as the Anglican and Methodist Ministers work more closely together
    • Continuing volunteer commitment for the various jobs around the church and the community
    • Give thanks for the positive results from the PMC.
    • For the ‘Learning to Pray’ Bible discussions and that lessons learnt will be implemented.
  • In the Deanery
    • For all the courses and special services during Lent – Ash Wednesday, Mothering Sunday and in Holy Week as we prepare for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.
    • For all ordained and lay, who are finding the pilgrim path a lonely and dispiriting journey at the moment; that during Lent and Holy Week they will meet with Jesus face to face and rejoice at the sight.
    • For all who have been hurt by the recent statements from the senior church officers and by the way other church members have behaved towards them, especially where positions of authority have been abused to inflict deep and lasting pain.
  • In the Berkshire Archdeaconry – for the team as it begins to work together – for Bishop Olivia and Archdeacon Stephen Pullin in their new roles and for the interview process to find a new, full-time Associate Archdeacon.

Prayer Cycle for February

No. 86 February 2020

This month our special focus is on Parish of Finchampstead and California

Please pray for:

Rector:                                           The Revd Canon Julie Ramsbottom
Associate Priest:                       The Revd Canon John Edwards
Associate Priest:                       The Revd Julian McAllen
Associate Priest:                       The Revd Tonia Elliott
Curate:                                           The Revd Gemma Wilkinson
Family and Youth Workers: Kate Meads and Sam Khan
Church Wardens Finchampstead: Jo Myall, Robert Alder
Church Wardens California:         Marjorie Stalker, Ashlyn Webster
Wardens St Eligius:                      Lucia Golding, Paul Marsden
Treasurer:                                          Colum Devine
Parish Administrator:                Pamela Zabbia
PCC Sec:                                          Carolyn Fox

Please pray for:    

  • The further embedding of our parish vision, that it might embrace those beyond the PCC, and that our five values might connect with the 400+ adults on our Electoral Roll
    • To nurture and develop faith
    • To be outward-looking and focussed on mission
    • To proclaim Jesus in all we say and do
    • To give the best possible welcome to all-comers
    • To enable the diversity of our congregations whilst all looking and pulling in the same direction
  • Revd Tonia’s ministry of outreach into the new community at Arborfield Green, and especially for
    • United@5 and United Kidz@Play
    • Alpha, Pilgrim and home groups
    • The embedding of youth work and further collaboration with Bohunt School
  • For our outreach at North Finchampstead.- especially the redevelopment of the Gorse Ride South estate –  and for collaboration with FBC and other agencies seeking to serve our parishioners
  • For Kate and Sam, for the growth of our ministry with young people and families, and our expanding ministry in local schools.
  • For our 2020 Lent Lectures Inspired  by… St James Church Centre  7.45pm for 8.00pm
    •  Tuesday 3rd March    Canon Mark Oakley – Inspired by Poetry;
    •  Tuesday 10th March  Mrs Beverley Stevens – Inspired by Literature
    • Tuesday 17th March  The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell  – Inspired by Art
    • Tuesday 24th March  Revd John Castle Inspired by Scripture
    • Tuesday 31st March  Canon Julie Ramsbottom – Inspired by Music
    • Tuesday 7th April      Canon John Edwards- Inspired by Stained Glass  

In the Deanery Please Pray for: 

  • The Marriage Preparation day, for St Pauls, All Saints, Winnersh and Bearwood, on the 29th of Feb, for all those getting married in our Churches this year.

In the Deanery Please Give Thanks for:

  • the large number of children at CTG and the many who serve in children’s ministries. Praying that the children will come to faith in Jesus and grow into mature disciples and for two CTG families who have moved into the development with the desire to be in walking distance of church and to be witnesses to Jesus.

In the Archdeaconry Please Pray for:

  • The licensing of The Reverend Stephen Pullin as the new Archdeacon of Berkshire on   29th February.

Spring courses from the Diocese of Oxford

Spring courses from the Diocese.
A variety of courses suitable for those in the congregation and those training for ministry.  Equipping for Life: Learning for Discipleship and Ministry

Music for Mission and Ministry
Training courses from the Royal School of Church Music for leaders of worship and musicians. Three-day courses in 2020 take place in February, April and September/October. There are also one-day courses available. Flyer 

Prayer Cycle for January

No. 85 January 2020

This month our special focus is on Arborfield with Barkham and Christ Church Wokingham.

Please pray:

  • For our family of churches gathering for our annual joint service on January 26th. Pray we would give God the glory for all he has done and be encouraged to continue to serve him.

Arborfield – St Bartholomew’s – Please pray

  • Give thanks for all those who continue to serve joyfully in seen and unseen ways week by week.
  • That as the new year begins, we would continue to rejoice in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and seek to live in light of his return.
    • The leadership team: Andy Kearns (Minister)
    • Wardens: Patricia Fryer, Joe Brown
    • Treasurer: Mark McDonnell
    •  PCC secretary: Tom Auden

Barkham – St James’ – Please pray

  • That the Lord would have been working in the hearts of some who came to our Carol services and that they would join us in January with a desire to find out more about Jesus.
  • Give thanks for those who have joined us recently. Pray they would settle into the church family so that we might grow and serve the Lord together. 
  • that we would grow in our prayerfulness; that we would be ‘Devoted to prayer, being watchful and thankful’ (Colossians 4:2)
    • The leadership team: Julian Bidgood (minister), David Horrocks, Michael Byrne
    • Wardens: Mark Stevens, Craig Manning
    • Treasurer: Lionel Matsuya
    • PCC secretary: Isobel Manning

Arborfield Green – Church at the Green – Please pray

  • Give thanks for number of relationships strengthened through outreach events pre-Christmas and pray that from amongst them there may be those who come to faith in Jesus in 2020.
  • Give thanks for the many children aged 0-11 who belong to CTG and pray they may grow into lifelong followers of Jesus.
  • That we would be a people who ‘Rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances.
    • The leadership team: Piers Bickersteth (Minister)
    • Elders: James Carpenter, Ed Clark

Christ Church Wokingham – Please pray

  • Give thanks for provision of a house for the Huddleston family.
  • For those who give so much time to serving the church family. That they would serve in the strength God supplies and find real joy in serving.
    • The leadership team: Mark Huddleston (Minister), Mellissa Tuthill
    • Wardens: Martin Northend, Helen Hotchkiss
    • Treasurer: Graham Richardson
    • PCC secretary: Andrew Bateman

In the Deanery please pray for:

  • All Saints Wokingham as they begin to ask for donations to realise the vision for a church building which is an accessible and open community hub.
  • Woosehill Guidance for post-Christmas reflection for a prophetic vision for the or the years ahead.
    • A sense of the ‘privilege’ of serving the King and making and taking opportunity to serve the people of God in Woosehill.
    • Hope and thanksgiving trust in God in the midst of illnesses.
    • The next processes after the energy audits one of which is application for funds for implimentation of these recommendations.
    • The process of transition at Hawthorns Primary school as they look for the next head teacher.
  • Winnersh Parish, especially that the Parish Priest, the PCC, Churchwardens and Parish Development Adviser may be enabled to listen to what God is saying as we consider our future mission and ministry in 2020 and beyond.

New Communities

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Prayer Cycle for November

No. 83 November 2019

This month our special focus is on Sonning Deanery Synod

 Please pray for:

  • Area Dean: Rev’d Richard Lamey
  • Lay Chair: John Smith
  • Associate Area Dean:  Rev’d Jane Kraft
  • Secretary: Bridget Crossley            
  • Treasurer: Vacant
  • Quinquennial Inspection Secretary: Michael Byrne
  • Ecumenical Representative: David Hare
  • Standing Committee: Rev’d Richard Lamey, John Smith, Rev’d Jane Kraft, Bridget Crossley, Pauline Humphreys, Judith Scott, Rev’d Catherine Vaughan
  • Representatives on Diocesan Synod: Rev’d Richard Lamey, Rev’d Hugh Barne, Martin Hughes, Judith Scott, John Smith, Peter Barrett
  • In Synod please pray:
  • For the Deanery Plan, that we will continue to listen to God as we listen to each other and try to enact our plan for the local Churches in four groups:
  • encouraging lay discipleship,
  • reaching out to the new housing estates being built locally,
  • setting up the right training courses to deepen our faith
  • building stronger relationships within the Deanery.
  • Praying for all those involved in these groups as they start working in these areas, so that we might become a stronger Deanery, becoming better at supporting the ministry of each parish and its people.

In the Deanery please pray for:

  • The Environment Impact Conference at Beech Hill Memorial Hall 7th November
  • The evening entitled “Christians Together on Climate” on 23rd November, 6:30 for 7 till 9 at St Lawrence’s Reading as they consider the responses from the local churches and diocesan funding
  • St Mary’s, Winnersh holding fund raising events in November, a Hand Bell Concert and a Pamper Evening to raise the £10.000 needed for a new boiler
  • Give thanks for the appointment of a new Parish Administrator for Winnersh Parish, that there will be a strengthening of the good links with the public, local schools, residential homes, funeral directors, and enhance communication with the Diocese and Deanery. 
  • St. Catherine’s Church Bearwood celebrating its Patronal Festival on the Feast of Christ the King (24th November) with a Joint Eucharist with St. Mary’s Winnersh at 11.00am that the Holy Spirit will lead us into God’s preferred and promised future for the parish.
  • The Quench, the Christian Bookshop, at Holme Grange, Wokingham, experiencing difficulty with team personal health and family issues and reduction in sales.

Surviving the Break Up

Programme

The Adult Experience of Divorce.
The evening covers some of the feelings experienced by people – anger, sorrow, low esteem and helplessness. Some ways of dealing with these feelings are also explored.
The Effect of Divorce on the Children.
This session looks at how children react to separation and divorce, with suggestions for making this period as easy as possible for them.
Legal Aspects of Divorce.
A local solicitor gives advice and information on the financial and legal aspects of divorce.
Happiness, Confidence & Independence.
An opportunity to explore who we are, who we can be and how to move forward towards our own happiness.
Quotes From Former Participants.
‘… it was good to be with other people who knew how I was feeling, because they were feeling it too.’
‘… the solicitor helped us to see what questions we needed to ask and which practical issues needed to be faced.’
‘… the specialists helped us to understand what was happening and were a springboard for the discussions that followed.’
‘… the course took me forward.’

This is a 4-session course designed for anyone who is at any stage of separation, break up or divorce. It has been created to help people understand the process involved in splitting up. There is an opportunity to meet and gain support from other people in a similar situation.
Each evening consists of a short talk, followed by the chance to discuss experiences in small groups.
Dates: Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm
6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November 2019
Venue: St Sebastian’s Parish Centre,
Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham.
Cost: There is a small fee of £10.00 to cover refreshments, administration costs, etc. However, please do ask if this proves difficult as fees can be reduced or waived.
Please Contact: St Sebastian’s Parish Centre, Nine Mile Ride,
Wokingham, RG40 3AT
Telephone: 01344 761050
(9:00am – 3:00pm Monday-Friday)