This month we continue to focus is on the world, the church, and our communities as we adjust to changes in our lives brought about by the Corona Pandemic
Please pray for:
The world leaders, that the advice they receive may lead them to make the right decisions to bring the spread of the Corona virus under control.
Those in leadership in our country, the Government, all our MPs and local politicians and for the scientists and other advisors.
All those who are sick with the virus and those recovering especially those with serious post Covid fatigue, that they will regain their health and strength.
Those grieving, particularly for those who were not able to say goodbye to a loved one face to face and hand to hand
Medical and nursing staff continuing to work sacrificially, in hospitals, nursing and care homes and local surgeries.
Those looking for fresh ways of treating the virus to reduce its impact.
Scientists working on vaccines and for those involved in the testing for safety and effectiveness.
All key workers, pharmacists, home carers, teachers, childcare providers, shop workers, delivery drivers, and all involved in keeping those of us at home safe and supported. That they will be kept safe and well and that we show them our appreciation.
Those people who are still uncertain about going outside, and all those who long to go outside but are obliged to stay at home for their own safety and the safety of those they are shielding.
That in these difficult times we might be a people who are sensitive to needs of all around us, particularly all carers and those living alone, that as we serve our local community we will always be looking for ways to share with others the love we share in Jesus
The many who have lost their employment and business opportunities due to the virus and those who fear that they may do so in the coming weeks,
The Churches in our Deanery, Bishop: Olivia Graham, Area Dean: Richard Lamey. the ministry teams and congregations as our churches start to open up for private prayer and some public worship and for all working to make sure that all is done to ensure the safety of those attending.
That we will listen to the voice and will of God in this crisis and respond to the new things we have discovered in these last months with courage, compassion and prayer.
Give thanks for the expertise and creativity for all who are contributing to video and streamed of services and meetings and for those keeping us in touch through newsletters and e-mails.
That way will be found to continue to use the technology so that people who do not feel confident to return to worship in church because of age or health issues can still be included.
Wisdom to discern ways in which we can continue to reach out to those outside our usual worshipping community who have joined us in our video and live-streamed services,
For those members of our churches are not able to use technology, that they will still receive pastoral care and not be forgotten.
Schools as they re-open, pupils, teachers and support staff.
All young people who have been missing out on school for the past three months, especially those who should have taken exams this summer and those who will be working towards important exams next year.
Parents home schooling their children.
David Wails, James Furlong, Joe Richie Bennett – victims of the Forbury Gardens stabbing – may they rest in peace,
The Holt school and all staff, students and counsellors following the stabbing of the much respected and loved teacher James Furlong.
Give thanks for:
The beauty of the world around us.
The freedom to spend time in our gardens and parks and the countryside on our walks.
Ever present God, be with us in our isolation, be close to us in our distancing, be healing to us in our sickness, be light in our darkness, be wisdom in our confusion, be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen we may with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities and speak of your goodness to an emerging world. For Jesus’ sake. Amen
Very Rev’d Andrew Nunn
Let Nothing Disturb You
Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.
St. Teresa of Avila
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing be well.
This month our focus is on the world and the church in the midst of the Corona virus pandemic.
Please pray for:
The world leaders, that the advice they receive may lead them to make the right decisions to bring the spread of the Corona virus under control
Those in leadership in our country, Boris Johnson, his cabinet, all our MPs and local politicians and those advising them.
All those sick with the virus, that they will receive the expert treatment and the equipment they need to help them recover.
Those who are dying and those who have died without the comfort of family around them.
Those caring directly for the sick; doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, all hospital staff and especially at this time those from our own communities and those known to us. That they will receive the protective clothing and masks necessary to keep them safe and know how much we value their sacrificial work.
Those in the nursing and care homes in our area that they will be kept free of the virus.
All key workers, pharmacists, home carers, teachers, childcare providers, shop workers, delivery drivers, and all those involved in keeping those of us at home safe and supported. That they will be kept safe and well and that as we see them going about their work we show them our appreciation.
Those in all parts of the world working to find a vaccine which will protect us all and particularly the vulnerable.
Volunteers offering help with shopping and collection of medication.
Those working from home
Those helping to home school their children. That they will have the resources they need and patience when things become difficult.
All finding social isolation difficult, especially those living alone. That we will not forget them but keep in contact with them by telephone and e-mail.
Families separated by distance and isolation, unable to offer the care and support they long to give each other.
All those in leadership in churches of all denominations and of all faiths, and in our Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin, Bishop Steven of Oxford, and Bishop Olivia of Reading.
Our Clergy and Ministry teams as they learn new ways of delivering worship using the internet and those using their technical expertise to make these services available to us.
All those who lead the worship and those who watch from home.
Those who do not have access to the internet that we will not forget them and find ways to share something of the services with them.
Those in our Parish offices sending out information and helping us to remain in touch as community although we cannot meet with one another.
Let us give thanks for:
The time to appreciate afresh the breath-taking beauty of nature and rediscover a simplicity of life, dwell in the present moment, value each other and the world around us.
The time now in our isolation to meet Jesus as for the first time, alive and present to each one of us, full of grace and truth.
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord
month our special focus is on Parish of St Michael’s Sandhurst and prayers for
the Church and for the world in the midst of the Corona virus pandemic.
Please pray for:
Associate Minister: Rev John White
Associate Minister: Rev Jane Kraft
Family Worker: Angela
Youth Worker: Mike
Church Warden: Catherine
Church Warden: Emma
PCC Secretary: Dave
Church Office: Sunita
Mcintosh and Nicola Thompson
We at St Michael’s would like to forego our
“turn” to lay our small needs before you in the cycle of prayer, and use it
instead to call out to God across the Deanery, Diocese and nation for:
Those with a prophetic calling to lead the
church in hearing what God wants to say to us through the current crisis;
That just as the people of Israel were stripped
away from their place of worship, the Temple, when they went into exile, so we
as the people of God having been stripped of our places of worship now would
hear God’s call to his people to establish our homes and families as centres of
worship, and to pray for our nation and our world (Jer 29:4-7).
For our keeping of Lent, Holy Week and Easter
in a totally new way, both as individuals, through services on the radio and
television and live streaming from our Churches and Cathedrals.
For the innovators and creators amongst us to
rise up with new and imaginative ways to reach out beyond the confines of the
church to speak Shalom to the anxious and frightened of our land;
For the pastors and carers reaching out to
those who are isolated, struggling and alone;
For families separated by distance and
isolation, unable to offer the care and support they long to give each other.
For the husbands and wives terrified at the
thought of one or other being rushed off to intensive care; and for those
grieving the loss of a dear partner or friend sometimes without the time or
opportunity to say goodbye;
For the key workers in this land, already
exhausted and stressed and knowing they have months of pressure to come, that
they may know both God’s strength and his peace;
That as a nation God’s light will shine into
all that we have done, both as a nation and as individuals by our selfishness
and greed, and that we may cry out in repentance and turn once more to the
Lordship of Christ;
For all those in leadership in churches of all
denominations and of all faiths, and in our Anglican Communion, Archbishop
Justin, Bishop Steven of Oxford, and Bishop Olivia of Reading.
For the clergy and leadership teams in our
parishes that they may have great wisdom and fortitude as they lead us through
this current storm;
For those in leadership in our country, Boris
Johnson, his cabinet, all our MPs and local politicians and those advising
That we may all hear the voice of our Lord
saying ”Quiet, Be still”, and may be amazed (Mark 4:39)
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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.
give thanks for:
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.
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.
day at St Katharine’s (Near Henley)
‘Stop, rest, look’ – Saturday 7 March
Led by Jennifer Rees-Larcombe A day to step away from the business of life,
and relax in a beautiful place while we take a fresh look at God’s love and
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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
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 LecturesInspired 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.
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.
Archdeaconry Please Pray for:
licensing of The Reverend Stephen Pullin as the new Archdeacon of Berkshire on 29th February.