God gives us “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, oil of gladness instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61v3)
John, Karen, Liam and Sean: remember the minister and his family in your prayers. Pray for John and Liam who will be going to Spring Harvest and for Karen and Sean staying at home. Pray for good health for them all, and time for them to rest and relax during the holidays.
Easter Weekend: pray that many people will come to the church and spend time in the coffee shop and that they will encounter God in a powerful way as they move around the prayer stations. Pray for people to serve teas and coffees and provide the welcome at church that weekend. Pray for those conversations they have with visitors and for the welcome that visitors will be given. Pray that Jesus’ love and call will be evident to all.
Pray for your friends and neighbours and invite them to come to the church.
Youth Worship Concert: this has been postponed until June. Pray for the preparations, pray that they go smoothly, and pray that there are enough people to help out. Pray for the leaders heading this up. Pray for the young people who will attend.
BB Trip to the Battlefields in France: Pray for the leaders and the young people who will be going. Pray for safety in travelling and safety whilst they are in France. Pray that it will be a good time for all the boys and that they will learn more about God and deepen friendships with each other. Pray that the leaders will enjoy the trip and that everything will go well.
Small Groups: thank God for the small groups that we have and for the leaders of these groups. Pray for the leaders of the groups and for Dawn and John as they co-ordinate this vital work. Ask God for wisdom about new small groups and who might lead those.
Youth and Children’s Work: continue to support the youth and children’s work in prayer. Pray particularly for the diaconate as they prepare for an away day in May, to pray and think about this work within the church and seek God for direction.
Give thanks for the amount of young people that we have and pray for the leaders in Boys Brigade, Sunday Club and the youth small group.
At this time of year pray for all those young people in these groups who will be taking GCSE’s, AS and A levels and university exams. Pray for the young people as they prepare for these exams. Pray that they do well and go to the right course next year. Pray for the young people land their families at this stressful time.
Philippa Crooks: pray for Philippa in her new role on the diaconate with responsibility for hospitality and the fortnightly coffee shop that she is considering. Pray for wisdom and a clear vision for the work. Pray and a team of people to work with her, ask God if this is something that you should be doing.