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

About the prayer diary

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1 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.

About this week’s prayer topic

Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children. Matthew 5:9 GNT

Today, Tuesday 24 April 2018, please pray for:
Religious leaders of all faiths.

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

Those in positions of influence
Wed 25 Apr URC Southern Synod Officers: Revd Nicola Furley-Smith (Moderator), John Denison (Treasurer), Revd Derrick Dzandu-Hedidor (Synod Clerk).
Thu 26 Apr The URC, especially General Assembly moderators Revd Kevin Watson and Mr Alan Yates and General Secretary Revd John Proctor.
Fri 27 Apr Parents: give them wisdom to teach children well.
Sat 28 Apr Journalists and media: help them to report news accurately.
Sun 29 Apr Those who cannot read or write. According to UNESCO there are about 1 billion non-literate adults, about 26% of the world’s population, and two-thirds are women. 98% live in developing countries.
Mon 30 Apr World Literacy Foundation: a global not-for-profit organisation working to get young people out of poverty through literacy.
Tue 1 May United World Schools, which is dedicated to improve education for some of the world’s poorest children living in remote and marginalised communities.
Wed 2 May Book Aid International, which sends new carefully selected books mainly to Africa.
Thu 3 May The National Literacy Trust, which says that in England 15% or 5.1 million adults have functional literacy of below the 11- year old level. They are locked out the job market and are less able to help educate their children.
Fri 4 May The National Literacy Trust, a charity working in schools and communities to give disadvantaged children literacy skills.
Sat 5 May School teachers in their responsibility to teach our children well.
Health care for all worldwide
Sun 6 May Health needs for refugees in camps around the world.
Mon 7 May 95% of cases of death from tuberculosis are in the developing countries. They can be treated with antibiotics where available.
Tue 8 May There are 21,000-143,000 deaths from cholera per year while vaccines and improved water and sanitation can help control it. Water Aid is working to improve this.
Wed 9 May In 2015 303,000 women died from complications during pregnancy and childbirth and even more suffered injury, infection or disease. Unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable or poor quality healthcare are the fundamental causes.
Thu 10 May Leprosy still affects millions of people every year. It is curable but can leave permanent damage if not treated in time. The Leprosy Mission is experienced at diagnosing and works with governments to ensure medical staff are adequately trained.
Fri 11 May In 2016 there were an estimated 216 million deaths from malaria. Children under 5 yrs are most vulnerable.
Sat 12 May Mission Aviation Fellowship assists countries to deliver medical supplies to hard to reach places around the world.
Christian Aid
Sun 13 May Volunteers who go door to door collecting this week.
Mon 14 May For people to give generously to this charity.
Tue 15 May All those working to organise and distribute aid where needed.
Wed 16 May Christian Aid's work on emergency response, accountability, peace-building, health, land rights, tax injustice, and helping communities adapt to climate change.
Thu 17 May Help with community health programmes on nutrition, malaria, HIV, maternal and child health.
Fri 18 May Those in most need of help from Christian Aid.
Sat 19 May Rights to access services of health and education.
Alpha and spreading the good news of the Gospel
Sun 20 May St Andrew’s and other churches providing the Alpha course.
Mon 21 May Guests who attend the Alpha course.
Tue 22 May Sutton Schoolswork workers Cat Hubbard for secondary schools and Sarah Morton for primary schools and their students.
Wed 23 May Church leaders and lay preachers: may they inspire those who listen to them.
Thu 24 May Christians: may they demonstrate their faith by the way they live, love others and be prepared to share their faith.
Fri 25 May The Bible Society: its founding inspired from the actions of a 15 year old girl in Wales in 1800.
Sat 26 May Scripture Union bringing the Bible to young people and children.
Those working for St Andrew’s
Sun 27 May Our elders, pastoral visitors, and our Pastoral Coordinator, Jenni Dickinson.
Mon 28 May Our Church Secretary, Nigel Macdonald, Management Committee, and Treasurer, Alan Walls.
Tue 29 May Our stewards and welcoming team.
Wed 30 May Our church staff, Family Worker Katharyne Crosse, Facilities Manager Stephen Riley and Church Administrator Christy Perry.
Thu 31 May Flower ministry as a reflection of God’s Creation.
Fri 1 Jun Our Organist Aelred Smuland, the choir and the worship band. Sharing music as a part of God’s creativity.
Sat 2 Jun Our Interim Moderator The Revd Martin Ferris.
Supporting the local community
Sun 3 Jun Jelly Beans: for children and teachers as they learn in a Christian environment.
Mon 4 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 5 Jun Local nursing homes Willow Lodge and Eothen: for staff, residents and services.
Wed 6 Jun Abbeyfield homes for residents, staff and volunteers.
Thu 7 Jun Housebound members of the congregation and anyone you know who is ill.
Fri 8 Jun The Chapel open weekdays for public use: may the local community feel welcome to come in.
Sat 9 Jun Uniformed organisations for children, young people and leaders.
Supporting communities worldwide
Sun 10 Jun Tearfund tackling poverty; Its call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.
Mon 11 Jun Bibi Nédellec and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Tue 12 Jun Fairtrade and Traidcraft, helping farmers in developing countries.
Wed 13 Jun Christian Solidarity Worldwide, working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights in such places as Nigeria, Cuba, Pakistan and China.
Thu 14 Jun Pray for the persecuted church worldwide.
Fri 15 Jun Oxfam helping the hungry and refugees.
Sat 16 Jun Religious leaders worldwide.
The unemployed
Sun 17 Jun Papworth Trust helps the disabled with information, advice, care, support, work and training.
Mon 18 Jun The National Probation Service protects the public but also gives offenders a chance to turn their lives around.
Tue 19 Jun Emmaus helps the homeless with somewhere to sleep and meaningful work in their social enterprises. They collect donated goods and sell them in their shops. They also run cafes.
Wed 20 Jun Migrants Resource Centre helps asylum seekers with help and advice and run language course.
Thu 21 Jun The Prince’s Trust helps 16-30 year olds gain work experience, skills, training and confidence to get employment
Fri 22 Jun Springboard charity supports the unemployed of all ages into work in hospitality, leisure and tourism careers.
Sat 23 Jun Sutton Community Works runs job clubs to help people with writing CVs and going for interviews.
Spiritual growth at St Andrew’s
Sun 24 Jun Sunday morning worship.
Mon 25 Jun House Groups: may they grow in faith as they study the Bible together.
Tue 26 Jun All-age service leaders in the way they share God’s love.
Wed 27 Jun Wednesday morning prayer group.
Thu 28 Jun Junior Church leaders and children as they share God’s word and love.
Fri 29 Jun Pray for personal and church renewal and growth.
Sat 30 Jun Church library: may the congregation use this to encourage their faith.

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.