Praying in January 2018

As we begin this new year let us pray for our Parish of the Resurrection and for our faithful following of Jesus Christ.  We commit to God our Vision Statement: Proclaiming the Risen Jesus; Steadfast in faith; Active in service and seek the Holy Spirit’s leading for how we should minister and work together to fulfil it.  We pray ‘Come, Holy Spirit into our lives, into our churches, into our parish’.

We remember the older people of our parish.  Winter time can be difficult and so we pray for warmth, health and company.  We pray for those in residential or nursing homes.  As a parish we regularly visit and take communion services at: The Lawn, Marlfield, Brendoncare & Mary Rose Mews, Orchard House, Borovere, Fielders Court, Willow Court and Berehurst and we pray for the residents and staff of these places.  Pray also for Debbie Thrower and Rachel Sturt our Anna Chaplains who particularly minister in these places.

Pray for our ministry with young people.  We pray for Ali Wright our Youth Minister now in her second term – that you would give her inspiration, vision and enthusiasm. We give thanks for the ongoing flourishing of the Covenant Youth Choir, and the FROG and METTLE groups.  We also remember in our prayers Alton College – Ali is Chaplain to the college – and the regular Thursday drop-in held in The Parish Centre

The PCC meets on Wednesday 24th January, 7.30pm.  Pray for those who are members and for our agenda which focuses on the Parish’s Five Year Vision.  Pray for unity, missional thinking and a heart for those both inside and outside of the church’s worshipping community.

We pray for The Living Space Project as work starts on the reordering of the Church of the Holy Rood in Holybourne.  We pray for the contractors and those who will work with them to ensure that everything runs to plan.

We continue to pray for Resurrection Furniture as it begins it the New Year.  We thank God for all its success so far and as the trustees and the manager, Michelle, look to new things.  We also pray for the development of our Community Market which takes the place of The Furniture Sale from February.