St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Cheam
St Andrew’s Cheam
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St Andrew’s prayer diary

About the prayer diary

Teach me your ways, O Lord; make them known to me. Teach me to live according to your truth. Psalm 25:4 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, Tuesday 16 October 2018, please pray for:
Those with mental health issues and addictions and their families.

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

Health
Wed 17 Oct The Rainbow Trust helping to support sick children and their families.
Thu 18 Oct Those living with disabilities or illness.
Fri 19 Oct Hospices, Macmillan nurses, hospital and community services supporting people with serious illness.
Sat 20 Oct Samaritans, for all their work via email, phone or in person supporting people with many issues.
Those working for St Andrew’s
Sun 21 Oct Our elders, pastoral visitors and Pastoral Coordinator Jenni Dickinson.
Mon 22 Oct Our Church Secretary, Nigel Macdonald; the Management Committee chaired by Nigel Dickinson, and our Treasurer, Alan Walls.
Tue 23 Oct Our stewards and welcoming team.
Wed 24 Oct Our church staff: Katharyne Crosse (Family Worker), Christy Perry (Church Administrator), Stephen Riley (Facilities Manager) and Svenja Doepel (Cleaner).
Thu 25 Oct Our flower ministry as a reflection of God’s Creation.
Fri 26 Oct Our organist, Aelred Smuland, the choir and the worship band, sharing music as a part of God’s creativity.
Sat 27 Oct Our Interim Moderator, the Revd Martin Ferris.
Supporting communities worldwide
Sun 28 Oct Tearfund, tackling poverty by working with Christian churches and communities in areas of great need worldwide.
Mon 29 Oct Hans Cools and family working for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Australia.
Tue 30 Oct Bibi Nedellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Wed 31 Oct Fair Trade and Traidcraft, helping farmers in developing countries.
Thu 1 Nov Christian Solidarity Worldwide, working for religious freedom through advocacy and human right in such places as Nigeria, Cuba, Pakistan and China.
Fri 2 Nov The persecuted church worldwide.
Sat 3 Nov Oxfam, helping the hungry and refugees.
Spiritual growth at St Andrew’s
Sun 4 Nov Sunday morning worship.
Mon 5 Nov House Groups: may they grow in faith as they study the Bible together.
Tue 6 Nov All-age service leaders in the way they share God’s love.
Wed 7 Nov Wednesday morning prayer group.
Thu 8 Nov Junior Church leaders and children as they share God’s word and love.
Fri 9 Nov Personal and church renewal and growth.
Sat 10 Nov The Church library: may the congregation use this to encourage their faith.
Remembrance Day
Sun 11 Nov Remembrance Day, as we remember those in the armed forces past and present who died or were injured, and their families
Mon 12 Nov Present armed forces working at home and abroad in war zones or in humanitarian deployment, away from homes for long periods.
Tue 13 Nov The Royal British Legion, which provides lifelong support for all the armed forces community, serving men and women, veterans and their families.
Wed 14 Nov Help for Heroes charity, which has for the last 8 years provided direct, practical support to wounded, injured or sick service personnel.
Thu 15 Nov SSAFA charity, which gives help with debt, homelessness, physical injuries, addiction and mental health issues of the armed forces community.
Fri 16 Nov The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which is the RAF’s leading welfare charity looking after serving and former members of RAF and their families.
Sat 17 Nov Blesma, the charity enabling limbless veterans to lead independent fulfilling lives.
Homelessness
Sun 18 Nov Borderline, a charity for homeless Scots in London.
Mon 19 Nov Shelter, helping people with bad housing and homelessness.
Tue 20 Nov Centre Point charity, which supports more than 9,200 homeless 16-25 year olds each year into homes and jobs.
Wed 21 Nov St Mungo’s, which has 17 outreach teams across London and the South looking for the homeless and helping them off the streets and into accommodation.
Thu 22 Nov Emmaus UK, which supports people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work and a stable home for as long as they need it.
Fri 23 Nov Crisis UK helps get people out of homelessness and campaigns. Pray for the changes needed to solve it altogether.
Sat 24 Nov The Salvation Army which supports those sleeping rough, runs drop-in centres and helps the most vulnerable to find accommodation.
Supporting the local community
Sun 25 Nov Jelly Beans Pre-school: for children and teachers as they learn in a Christian environment.
Mon 26 Nov Jumping Jacks and Who let the Dads out: may children and families feel the love that comes from coming to a church group.
Tue 27 Nov Local nursing homes Willow Lodge and Eothen for staff, residents and service.
Wed 28 Nov Abbeyfield: homes for residents, staff and volunteers.
Thu 29 Nov Housebound members of the congregation and anyone you know who is ill.
Fri 30 Nov Our chapel, open weekdays for public use; may the local community feel welcome to come in.
Sat 1 Dec Uniformed organisations: for children, young people and leaders.
Those in positions of power
Sun 2 Dec Political leaders in parliament and at local level: may they lead with wisdom and compassion.
Mon 3 Dec World Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Tue 4 Dec Religious leaders of all faiths.
Wed 5 Dec Southern Synod officers Revd Nicola Furley-Smith (Moderator), John Denison (Treasurer) and Revd Derrick Dzandu-Hedidor (Synod Clerk).
Thu 6 Dec The URC, especially General Assembly moderators: Revd Nigel Uden and Mr Derek Estill and General Secretary Revd John Proctor.
Fri 7 Dec Parents: give them wisdom to teach children well.
Sat 8 Dec School teachers, in their responsibility to teach our children well.
The Bible and Christian books
Sun 9 Dec The Bible Society, which for 200 years has helped individuals and communities engage with the Bible. In many parts of the world they are bringing the Bible to life by focusing on translation and distribution.
Mon 10 Dec Wycliffe Bible Translators: in 2017 supporting 362 people from the UK and Ireland serving where 326 languages are spoken by 461 million people in 56 countries.
Tue 11 Dec Bibles for the World which shares the good news of God’s love by ministering to unreached peoples, to the church and to Christian leaders in developing countries especially India, distributing Bibles, New Testaments and other scripture portions.
Wed 12 Dec The Gideons International which each year distributes 800,000 free Bibles in the UK and 90 million copies worldwide.
Thu 13 Dec Open Doors, which has been supporting persecuted Christians for 60 years with Bibles and Christian material in different languages.
Fri 14 Dec Scripture Union which works through schools, churches, communities and sport, in UK and in over 130 countries worldwide.
Sat 15 Dec Bible study groups at St Andrew’s and around the UK.
Those working for St Andrew’s
Sun 16 Dec Elders, pastoral visitors and our Pastoral Coordinator, Jenni Dickinson.
Mon 17 Dec Our Church Secretary, Nigel Macdonald, our Management Committee, and Treasurer, Alan Walls.
Tue 18 Dec Our stewards and welcoming team.
Wed 19 Dec Our church staff, Family Worker Katharyne Crosse, Facilities Manager Stephen Riley and Church Administrator Christy Perry,
Thu 20 Dec Our flower ministry as a reflection of God’s Creation
Fri 21 Dec Our organist Aelred Smuland, the choir and the worship band, sharing music as a part of God’s creativity.
Sat 22 Dec Our Interim Moderator, the Revd Martin Ferris.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Sun 23 Dec CSW, which believes in the power of prayer to transform situations and wants us all to pray for the cases and issues they work on. They issue a prayer diary on their website for current issues they want prayer for.
Mon 24 Dec CSW, which trains, equips and empowers by working with activists, journalists and religious leaders.
Tue 25 Dec Those who cannot celebrate Jesus’s birth in public.
Wed 26 Dec Those affected by the assassination by members of an illegal armed group of a Colombian Pastor in September.
Thu 27 Dec The ten pastors along with their family members arrested whilst participating in a Sunday church service in state of Uttar Pradesh, India, in September.
Fri 28 Dec Christians in China, where the government is intensifying a crackdown on churches across the country affecting both Protestant and Catholic churches. Since February they have demolished 20 churches and 100 crosses,
Sat 29 Dec Christians in Iran: Lord, you are indeed the God who sets prisoners free and upholds the cause of the oppressed. We continue to lift to you those in Iran who receive long prison sentences for taking part in normal church activities. Grant them protection, provision and ultimately freedom.
Christian organisations
Sun 30 Dec Hans Cool and his family working for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Australia.
Mon 31 Dec Tearfund, tackling poverty. Its call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.
Tue 1 Jan Fair Trade and Traidcraft, helping farmers in developing countries.
Wed 2 Jan Sutton Community Works, including Sutton Foodbank, Sutton Street Pastors and other projects.
Thu 3 Jan URC Commitment for Life and Christian Aid.
Fri 4 Jan Premier Christian Radio and other Christian radio stations around the world.
Sat 5 Jan Sutton Schoolswork. Director Simon Ellingham and Sarah Skinner, worker for primary schools.

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.

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