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St Andrew’s prayer diary

But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. Isaiah 40:31 GNB

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, Thursday 22 April 2021, please pray for:
Those struggling on minimum wage.

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

UK workers
Fri 23 Apr Transport and retail workers who have no choice but to be mixing with lots of people.
Sat 24 Apr Farmers working in isolation in difficult and fast changing markets.
Sun 25 Apr Farming Help, a group of charities to support farmers: may they help with information and advice on financial support.
Mon 26 Apr Samaritans, willing to listen on the phone or on-line to support those needing help
Tue 27 Apr The Salvation Army befriending and feeding those in need.
Wed 28 Apr Cruise, helping people who are bereaved.
Thu 29 Apr Christians Against Poverty and other debt agencies helping people out of debt.
Fri 30 Apr Homestart, helping stressed mothers with young children.
Sat 1 May Fairtrade and Traidcraft, helping farmers in developing countries.
Faith in action
Sun 2 May Show us ways to encourage each other to see what God is doing in our lives each week.
Mon 3 May Help us to think how Jesus would deal with the problems we face in our work places and homes.
Tue 4 May Help us to remember we are loved and forgiven by God so we may better love and forgive those around us.
Wed 5 May Let us hear God if he is asking us to do something to help others in our society or world.
Thu 6 May May we encourage and uplift not just our friends and colleagues but other people we meet in our everyday lives.
Fri 7 May Can we use our faith to help us adapt to the changing world around us.
Sat 8 May May we demonstrate our faith in how we lead our lives.
Worldwide Charities
Sun 9 May Christian Aid Week, may this charity manage to get the funding it needs without its usual door to door collections.
Mon 10 May Save the Children working in Syria and around the world.
Tue 11 May UNICEF helping in places like Yemen, with food, water and medical supplies.
Wed 12 May ActionAid UK helping women and children with emergency help, education, training and support.
Thu 13 May World Vision, a Christian charity which works to end injustice and poverty worldwide.
Fri 14 May Sightsavers, working to prevent blindness and supports partially sighted.
Sat 15 May Against Malaria Foundation providing nets to reduce child mortality.
St Andrew’s
Sun 16 May Craig and Peter for our church services in church, on-line and by phone.
Mon 17 May Nigel, Stephen, Christy, Katharyne, Svenja and Aelred for their work at St Andrew's.
Tue 18 May Elders, Heather and pastoral visitors for their support of the congregation.
Wed 19 May Those who are ill, lonely, anxious or missing loved ones.
Thu 20 May The Prayer Group meeting on Wednesday mornings.
Fri 21 May Bible study groups learning together.
Sat 22 May The congregation, supporting each other.
The world
Sun 23 May Refugees living in camps or on the move looking for security and new homes.
Mon 24 May Countries less able to deal with the health crisis of the coronavirus.
Tue 25 May The poor and hungry in developing countries getting less help from struggling governments.
Wed 26 May Persecuted minorities in countries such as Muslims in Myanmar, India and China and Christians in Sri Lanka and Turkey.
Thu 27 May Children orphaned separated from parents by famine or in war zones.
Fri 28 May Victims of trafficking or abuse.
Sat 29 May For world governments to share knowledge and resources.
The local community
Sun 30 May All local nursing and Abbeyfield homes for residents and staff.
Mon 31 May The housebound and isolated.
Tue 1 Jun Councils trying to provide services for all the vulnerable with dwindling finances.
Wed 2 Jun Children living in poverty
Thu 3 Jun Essential workers in our local hospitals working extra hard at the moment.
Fri 4 Jun The unemployed.
Sat 5 Jun Unpaid carers looking after family members.
Sun 6 Jun Farmers, so dependent on climate and market demands.
Mon 7 Jun Defra, piloting sustainable farming incentives in UK.
Tue 8 Jun Friends of the Earth, which states that 10 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK each year.
Wed 9 Jun FareShare in the UK, collecting surplus food and sending it to lunch clubs, homeless shelters and community cafes.
Thu 10 Jun Mercy Corps which estimates that 45% of deaths in under 5’s worldwide are due to malnutrition.
Fri 11 Jun UNICEF, helping to get food to children worldwide.
Sat 12 Jun Fairtrade and Traidcraft helping farmers to get fair prices for their food.
UK society
Sun 13 Jun The bereaved and lonely, may friends and family know the best way to support them.
Mon 14 Jun The homeless of all ages with many becoming homeless due to the coronavirus.
Tue 15 Jun Victims of domestic abuse.
Wed 16 Jun Those with mental health issues and their families trying to support them.
Thu 17 Jun People living with debt, some for the first time.
Fri 18 Jun Those living with addictions.
Sat 19 Jun Single parents and their children, many children lost one parent recently.
UK charities
Sun 20 Jun Support for the homeless from St Mungo’s, Crisis UK, Shelter and Centrepoint charity for the young homeless
Mon 21 Jun The charity Refuge and various women’s refuge centres around the country needing funding for more spaces to meet a growing need.
Tue 22 Jun Mind and YoungMinds charities help people with mental health issues.
Wed 23 Jun StepChange, a debt management charity.
Thu 24 Jun Turning Point, a charity supporting those with drug or alcohol addictions
Fri 25 Jun Gingerbread, which offers advice, practical support and campaigns for single Mums and Dads.
Sat 26 Jun Barnardo’s which supports young people who are carers for a family member
Christian organisations
Sun 27 Jun Premier Christian Radio and radio stations around the world.
Mon 28 Jun Open Doors distributing Bibles and Christian books .
Tue 29 Jun Scripture Union bringing the Bible to children and young people.
Wed 30 Jun Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
Thu 1 Jul Sutton Community Works providing food banks and street pastors.
Fri 2 Jul Sutton SchoolsWork.
Sat 3 Jul CAP, a Christian debt counselling charity.

Scripture quotations marked GNB are from the Good News Bible © 1994 published by the Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd UK, Good News Bible © American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used with permission.