Praying in August 2017

We give thanks for the valuable ministry undertaken by our Parish Pastoral Visitors.  Pray that those who are visited and shown love will be encouraged by their words, prayers and time.  Many of those visited are lonely, grieving, poorly or housebound – lift them to God for healing, comfort and peace.

We pray for our children’s and young people’s ministry.  The Lighthouse meets across The Church of the Holy Rood, Alton Methodist Church and St Lawrence Church.  We pray for its further development and growth as we see more families and children at our worship and events.  Also pray for The Teddy Bear toddler groups which meet at The Church of the Holy Rood and St Lawrence as they grow and nurture young children and parents.

We pray for Alison Wright, our new Youth Minister and Chaplain to Alton College.  She moves into the area during August.  Pray for safe travels, a good move, good endings on the Isle of Wight and for her happy settling here.  Pray that she will be encouraged and ready to begin her ministry with us in the parish.

Pray for the forthcoming Jigsaw Puzzle Festival.  Particularly pray for those who are organising it.  This is a fantastic community event and so we ask that God will help us to further our vision of being ‘active in service’ and ‘proclaiming the Risen Jesus’.

We have had the privilege of many baptisms and weddings in the parish recently – and there are more to come.  Pray for these opportunities to meet and welcome these people, that we will convey our faith well and that they will encounter God through the services and relationships we build.

We pray for Alton Methodist Church as Revd Philip Simpkins and his family  move into The Manse.  We look forward to working alongside him and so we pray that he will be blessed as he settles into Alton.  We pray for the ongoing relationship we have as The Greater Alton Project.  I

On the 1st Sunday of the month we now gather for a time of Parish Prayer – ‘a place for space’ in St Lawrence Church, 6.30pm.