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SSW: May prayer update

Sutton Schoolswork
Prayer Update May 2019

     Director’s Note
The greatest day in history? Oh yes, and it was wonderful to celebrate this with my friends in Christ, from so many different denominations and age groups, as we gathered to declare that He is risen, and living in our hearts. The chance to take a break and recharge, but at the same time reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord, gave me an opportunity to think once again of just what it means to follow Him.

As a family we went to Rome for the weekend before Easter, and spent a fantastic time walking for hours around the historic buildings of that wonderful city. So many stories are represented, some of Europe’s most extraordinary events have taken place there, and so many of them are recalled through the presence of the sites. One really caused me to pause more than others; the Colosseum. I found the whole morning I spent there was one where I found myself considering the stories of the people who had formed part of the ‘entertainment’; my ancestors in Christ, who had willingly sacrificed themselves because they just would not deny their Lord. Their story challenged me enormously, and I found myself even more determined to return to England with a renewed vigour to tell of the good news, the peace that the Earth doesn’t know, the forgiveness that surpasses all sins, the love that goes beyond all understanding.

We start this term with plans for the future; the wonderful news of the appointment by Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church of a new youth worker, who they have very generously allowed to spend half their week working alongside us in local secondary schools, and Becca starts in the Autumn term; the 2 new Christian Unions getting going in secondary schools; the opportunity that has started just this week in another secondary school in which we’ve had minimal involvement with recently; the new assemblies being delivered at primary schools; the new contacts we’re making with churches that we’ve not had relationships with previously; the list goes on.
Please pray with us as we seek to engage with young people and children around this borough, in ways that tell of our risen Lord, and challenge all to turn to Him. Your prayers are, as ever, the beating heart of our work, and we never take them lightly.

I close with my daily Bible reading, from 2 Chronicles 16: 7-9.
‘For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth the strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.’

We are so aware of the depth of support that those who pray give us, and we pray that, as the Lord sees how committed your hearts are to Him, He will strengthen your hearts. Thank you.

Simon Ellingham

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Primary Prayer Requests
  1. TransitThis month we are going to be doing our final push to get young people aged 15-25 to volunteer at Transit workshops in July. Please pray that this is fruitful & that we have a good number of young people who are willing & keen to take part.
  2. Year 6’s-  – Please pray for the year 6’s who will be taking their SATS on the week of the 13th May, that they will find it a peaceful time rather than stressful. Also pray the same for all the year 6 teachers!
  3. Volunteers Please continue to pray for more people to come forward to do regular volunteer work with us – we want to be able to expand our work but can only do so with more wonderful people to help.

Secondary Prayer Requests
  1. Carshalton High CU We’ve just launched another new CU at Carshalton High School for Girls. Please pray that the girls will come along, and we’ll hold really good conversations.
  2. RE Lessons at Harris Academy- In a couple of weeks, we have a block week of RE lessons (The Sacrifice of Isaac) at Harris Academy. This is a new school for us, so please pray that everything goes smoothly and we will begin to build a good relationship with the school (and hopefully start a CU there too!)
  3. Open Doors Please pray that the Schools we have not yet any contact with will open their doors to us, particularly at Glenthorne School. We’re beginning to have more contacts at Greenshaw High which is great so we’re thanking God for that!
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Posted on 4 May 2019

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