St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Cheam
St Andrew’s Cheam
To know Christ and to make Christ known

St Andrew’s prayer diary

About the prayer diary

We are praying to you because you are merciful, not because we have done right. Lord, hear us. Lord, forgive us. Lord, listen to us, and act!
Daniel 9:18-19 GNT

Sheila May

This diary has been created by Sheila May to help us focus our prayers on matters that mean a lot to us.

When we bring our prayers to God, can we really think about and maybe find out information from the internet or publications so we are more informed and can pray more powerfully? Think about the subject of the day and try to relate personally with it: is there something we should be doing, or is it something you want to find out about? Try speaking to others at St Andrew’s as we all have different knowledge to share.

Today, Saturday 24 June 2017, please pray for:
Sutton Community Works, including Sutton Foodbank, Street Pastors and Sutton Seniors.

And in the days to come please pray for ...

General concerns
Sun 25 Jun Abbeyfield homes: for residents, staff and volunteers.
Mon 26 Jun Local nursing homes Willow Lodge, Eothen, and Jesmund: for staff and residents.
Tue 27 Jun Churches Together in Sutton and Cheam.
Wed 28 Jun Fairtrade and Traidcraft helping farmers in developing countries.
Thu 29 Jun Refugees in Europe and worldwide and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Fri 30 Jun URC Commitment for Life and Christian Aid.
Sat 1 Jul UK political leaders in Parliament and at local level, EU politicians.
St Andrew’s Church
Sun 2 Jul Our Stewardship campaign.
Mon 3 Jul Our elders, pastoral visitors and our pastoral coordinator, Jenni Dickinson..
Tue 4 Jul Our Church Secretary, Nigel Macdonald, the Treasurer, Alan Walls and the Management Committee.
Wed 5 Jul Our stewards and welcoming team.
Thu 6 Jul The church staff, Stephen Riley, Christy Perry and Katharyne Crosse.
Fri 7 Jul Our Interim Moderator, the Revd Tim Clarke.
Sat 8 Jul Sutton Community Works including Foodbank and Sutton Seniors.
The vulnerable in our society
Sun 9 Jul Victims of crime. Victim Support last year supported 1300 people bereaved by murder or manslaughter. They also support victims that have to go to court.
Mon 10 Jul Victims of domestic violence.
Tue 11 Jul Men and women in prison and their families. The Prison Reform Trust says that 46% of women in prisons report a history of domestic violence. Spurgeons Children’s Charity helps vulnerable children and says that 160 000 children each year have a parent in prison. 65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to offend.
Wed 12 Jul Those who work in prisons may they feel supported in their work and treat inmates with compassion.
Thu 13 Jul Prison chaplains and visitors.
Fri 14 Jul The Probation Service, a criminal justice service that supervises high-risk offenders released into the community.
Sat 15 Jul Projects like The Clink giving training and skills to inmates.
St Andrew’s fellowship groups
Sun 16 Jul The Sunday Bible study group, Prayers for the Persecuted Church and our shared lunches on the first Sunday of each month.
Mon 17 Jul Spiritual growth within St Andrew’s.
Tue 18 Jul Tuesday Bible Study and Cinema Club.
Wed 19 Jul Wednesday prayer meeting and fellowship lunches.
Thu 20 Jul TLC: tea, laughter and chat - and cake.
Fri 21 Jul Jumping Jacks and the Friday Bible study group.
Sat 22 Jul Who Let the Dads out?
Keeping us safe
Sun 23 Jul St John Ambulance service, the nation’s leading first aid charity. Runs first aid courses. Provides first aid at public events including major sport events, music festivals and public gatherings. Emergency response working with other emergency services.
Mon 24 Jul Police locally and nationally.
Tue 25 Jul Fire services.
Wed 26 Jul Hospitals and Accident and Emergency departments.
Thu 27 Jul RNLI lifeboats and seasonal lifeguards who make our beaches and sea a safer place to be. 23 people are rescued every day.
Fri 28 Jul Army and Navy, men and women serving at home and abroad away from families for long periods.
Sat 29 Jul Government and security agencies.
Our worldwide mission
Sun 30 Jul Tearfund, tackling poverty. Its call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.
Mon 31 Jul Mission Aviation Fellowship has 130+ planes with which to support agencies reach out of the way places. In Liberia, a very wet country with swamps, a 3 day journey can be done in 2 hours by plane.
Tue 1 Aug Water Aid, delivering clean water, sanitation and hygiene to those most in need.
Wed 2 Aug Christian Solidarity Worldwide working for religious freedom through advocacy and human right in such places as Nigeria, Cuba, Pakistan and China.
Thu 3 Aug Missionary partners with the Ushindi schools in Uganda and Bibi Nédellec (Wycliffe Bible Translators).
Fri 4 Aug Martin and Marion Cooper (The Navigators and Second Half Living project). Pedro and Stella Arias with Iglesia Cristiana de Newham.
Sat 5 Aug URC Commitment for Life and Christian Aid.
God’s creation
Sun 6 Aug Thanks for this amazing world: may we really enjoy it and protect it.
Mon 7 Aug Thanks for flowers and those who decorate our church with them.
Tue 8 Aug Thanks for music as a sign of the creativity that God has given us. Thanks for our Organist Aelred Smuland, the choir and the worship band.
Wed 9 Aug Fair trade and Traidcraft using the world’s treasures fairly and helping to protect the planet.
Thu 10 Aug Thanks for the variety of friends and family.
Fri 11 Aug Thanks that we have the freedom to worship and speak out; may we put this to good use.
Sat 12 Aug May governments promote policies to control climate change.
Children and young people
Sun 13 Aug Holiday club leaders as they work on plans for next week.
Mon 14 Aug All age service leaders in the way they share God’s love.
Tue 15 Aug Junior Church leaders and children as they share God’s word and love.
Wed 16 Aug Jelly Beans: pray for children and teachers as they learn in a Christian environment.
Thu 17 Aug Uniformed Organisations: pray for children, young people and leaders.
Fri 18 Aug Sutton Schoolswork workers. Sarah Webb director, Cat Hubbard for secondary schools and Sarah Morton for primary schools.
Sat 19 Aug Disabled children and those in care.
The church and its concerns
Sun 20 Aug The Southern Synod officers: Revd Nicola Furley-Smith (Moderator), Revd Derrick Dzandu-Hedidor (Synod Clerk). and John Denison (Treasurer).
Mon 21 Aug Holiday Club: for all children, leaders and helpers.
Tue 22 Aug The URC, especially General Assembly Moderators Revd Kevin Watson, Mr Alan Yates and General Secretary Revd John Proctor.
Wed 23 Aug Churches Together in Sutton and Cheam.
Thu 24 Aug Scripture Union, bringing the Bible to young people and children.
Fri 25 Aug The Bible Society.
Sat 26 Aug Refugees: may charities and governments work to relieve their suffering.
Our community
Sun 27 Aug Our special all-age service with children from Holiday Club
Mon 28 Aug Abbeyfield homes: for residents, staff and volunteers.
Tue 29 Aug Local nursing homes Willow Lodge, Eothen, Jesmund: for staff and residents.
Wed 30 Aug Housebound members of the congregation and anyone you know who is ill.
Thu 31 Aug Our chapel, open weekdays for public use: may the local community feel welcome to come in.
Fri 1 Sep Personal and church renewal and growth.
Sat 2 Sep St Andrew’s outreach to local community.

Scripture quotations marked GNT are from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version - Second Edition.
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.