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St Andrew’s prayer diary

You are the people of God, he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 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 23 April 2019, please pray for:
Local nursing homes, Willow Lodge and Eothen, for staff, residents and service.

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

Supporting the local community
Wed 24 Apr Abbeyfield homes: for residents, staff and volunteers.
Thu 25 Apr Housebound members of the congregation and anyone you know who is ill.
Fri 26 Apr Our Chapel, open weekdays for public use: may the local community feel welcome to come in.
Sat 27 Apr Our uniformed organisations: for children, young people and leaders.
Health care worldwide
Sun 28 Apr UNICEF, which gives life-saving vaccines to children to prevent diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus, TB and diphtheria.
Mon 29 Apr Christian Aid, which helps with community health programmes worldwide on nutrition, malaria, HIV, maternal and child health.
Tue 30 Apr Those with poor eyesight. WHO states that globally 1.3 billion people live with some vision impairment, about 80% of which is avoidable. Sightsavers is working in some of the poorest parts of the world to combat this.
Wed 1 May WHO, which in January 2019 airlifted medical supplies to meet increasing health needs in Syria.
Thu 2 May Water Aid, which works worldwide where cholera remains a major disease, resulting in deaths which vaccines and improved water and sanitation can control.
Fri 3 May The millions of people still affected by leprosy every year. Lack of knowledge and understanding still makes this a difficult disease to treat. The Leprosy Mission works with governments to ensure medical staff are adequately trained.
Sat 4 May The many children worldwide who are living with untreated facial clefts, leading to difficulties eating, breathing, hearing and speaking. Operation Smile trains local doctors so they can do corrective surgery in their communities.
Those working for St Andrew’s
Sun 5 May Our elders, pastoral visitors and pastoral coordinator, Jenni Dickinson.
Mon 6 May Our Church Secretary, Nigel Macdonald, the management committee chaired by Nigel Dickinson and the Treasurer, Alan Walls.
Tue 7 May Our stewards and welcoming team.
Wed 8 May Our church staff, Stephen Riley, Christy Perry and Katharyne Crosse.
Thu 9 May Our flower ministry as a reflection of God’s Creation.
Fri 10 May Our organist, Aelred Smuland, the choir and the worship band, sharing music as a part of God’s creativity.
Sat 11 May Our Interim Moderator, the Revd Martin Ferris.
Christian Aid Week
Sun 12 May Volunteers who go door to door collecting this week.
Mon 13 May People to give generously to this charity.
Tue 14 May All those working to organise and distribute aid where it is needed.
Wed 15 May The community health programmes on nutrition, malaria, HIV, maternal and child health.
Thu 16 May Distribution of food to refugees and the chronic malnourished.
Fri 17 May Those in most need of help from Christian Aid.
Sat 18 May Their work on gender equality.
Spiritual growth at St Andrew’s
Sun 19 May Sunday morning worship
Mon 20 May House groups: may they grow in faith as they study the Bible together.
Tue 21 May All-age service leaders in the way they share God’s love.
Wed 22 May Wednesday morning prayer group.
Thu 23 May Junior Church leaders and children as they share God’s word and love.
Fri 24 May Personal and church renewal and growth.
Sat 25 May Our church library: may the congregation use this to encourage their faith.
Supporting communities worldwide
Sun 26 May Tearfund, tackling poverty. Its call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.
Mon 27 May The Cools family working for Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Tue 28 May Bibi Nédellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Wed 29 May Fair trade and Traidcraft, helping farmers in developing countries.
Thu 30 May Christian Solidarity Worldwide working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights in such places as Nigeria, Cuba, Pakistan and China.
Fri 31 May The persecuted church worldwide.
Sat 1 Jun Oxfam, helping the hungry and refugees.
Sun 2 Jun Farmers worldwide: may they have the knowledge and tools to make a good living.
Mon 3 Jun Fair trade, helping farmers to get fair prices for what they grow.
Tue 4 Jun Governments; may they make wise decisions to combat climate change which is affecting climates and food production.
Wed 5 Jun Save the Children, which helps support malnourished children in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and other struggling areas of the world. May this charity get the funding it needs.
Thu 6 Jun Freedom from Hunger, which works in Africa, India and Latin America using innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to fight chronic hunger, targeting women as the main caretakers of children.
Fri 7 Jun Fareshare, which works to distribute surplus food to where it is most needed in the UK.
Sat 8 Jun The Trussell Trust, aiming to end hunger and poverty in the UK by organising food banks.
Christian organisations
Sun 9 Jun The Bible Society.
Mon 10 Jun Churches Together in Sutton and Cheam.
Tue 11 Jun Sutton Community Works, including Sutton Foodbank, Street Pastors, School Pastors and Linking Lives.
Wed 12 Jun URC Commitment for Life and Christian Aid.
Thu 13 Jun Premier Christian Radio and other Christian radio stations around the world.
Fri 14 Jun Sutton Schoolswork: Director Simon Ellingham, Sarah Skinner for primary schools and Kate Travers for secondary schools.
Sat 15 Jun Scripture Union bringing the bible to young people and children.
Those struggling in society
Sun 16 Jun Those who are sick or bereaved.
Mon 17 Jun The unemployed.
Tue 18 Jun Those in prisons and victims of violence.
Wed 19 Jun Those with addictions and their families.
Thu 20 Jun The Samaritans, who listen to and support people with all sorts of problems either by email, phone, letter or in person.
Fri 21 Jun Relate, the charity which supports those with relationship problems which are one of the common reasons for homelessness.
Sat 22 Jun Citizens Advice, which helps support people who have experienced discrimination due to age, gender, race, disability, religion, pregnancy etc.
Supporting local community
Sun 23 Jun Jelly Beans Pre-school: for children and teachers as they learn in a Christian environment.
Mon 24 Jun Jumping Jacks and Who let the Dads out?: may children and families feel the love that comes from coming to a church group.
Tue 25 Jun Local nursing homes Willow Lodge and Eothen: for staff, residents and service.
Wed 26 Jun Abbeyfield homes for residents, staff and volunteers.
Thu 27 Jun Housebound members of the congregation and anyone you know who is ill.
Fri 28 Jun Our chapel, open weekdays for public use; may the local community feel welcome to come in.
Sat 29 Jun Our uniformed organisations: for children, young people and leaders while they enjoy time together at their barbecue.
Those in positions of influence
Sun 30 Jun Political leaders in parliament and at local level: may they lead with wisdom and compassion.
Mon 1 Jul World Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Tue 2 Jul Religious leaders of all faiths.
Wed 3 Jul URC Southern Synod officers: Revd Nicola Furley-Smith (Moderator), Revd Derrick Dzandu-Hedidor (Synod Clerk) and Andy Twilley (Training and Development Officer).
Thu 4 Jul The URC, especially General Assembly Moderators Revd Nigel Uden and Mr Derek Estill and General Secretary Revd John Proctor.
Fri 5 Jul Parents: give them wisdom to teach children well.
Sat 6 Jul School teachers in their responsibility to teach our children well.

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.