Praying in November 2017

We pray for the Winchester Diocese, of which we are a part.  Give thanks for the leadership of Bishop Tim and Bishop David as they help and encourage us to be a mission shaped diocese.  Also we pray for our Alton Deanery and especially for Revd Brian Pritchard who has recently been appointed Area Dean and for Revd David Hinks as Assistant Area Dean.

We are welcoming many children and adults to the Teddies Groups in St Lawrence Church and at The Church of the Holy Rood..  Please pray for the leaders of this group especially Sarah Broadbent, Sarah Neish, Sarah Ebbutt, Sheila Sorby at St Lawrence and Sylvia Raine, Corinne & Alan Armstrong, Trish Field and Kate Marsh at Holy Rood who faithfully arrange and minister to them.  Pray for the growth in faith amongst the families who come.

We thank God for those who have encouraged us in The Sharing of Faith series – for The Ministry Team, for Lucy Moore, for Abbot Giles, for Debbie Thrower and Kate Dando.  We pray for grace and strength to share the faith we have in Jesus Christ and that we will be effective witnesses in our community, work places, schools and amongst our friends and families.

We continue to remember the ministry and mission of the Diocese of Karamoja in Uganda.  We sponsor students in the Diocesan College.  We pray for their studies and for their families they have left behind.  We also pray for those in our Deanery who form the Karamoja Link Committee.

As a parish we shall be celebrating Christ the King on Sunday 26th November and it has become practice also as Stewardship Sunday.  We pray for our giving of time, talents and money for the work of God’s kingdom expressed here through our four churches and our unity as one parish.  May we all know the extent of God’s love for us in Jesus and give generously in return.

We have our Services of Remembrance this month, and we continue to remember those who have died in war and armed action.  We pray for peace in our world, for governments and aid agencies promoting justice and mercy, for those called to service in the forces, for envoys who travel to dangerous places seeking conversation of peace.