Tim Greenhalgh, Deanery Treasurer and member of the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group writes
You may recall from the last Deanery Synod that we advised you that we were calling for a week of prayer across the deanery during the week Saturday 24th November to Friday 30th November. Since we are aware of so many concerns, initiatives, joys and sorrows and uncertainties within all our parishes, it was felt that we should make a special effort to unite as one – and commit ourselves as a Deanery to a specific week of prayer – to seek God’s purposes for His church and His people is the Forest area.
The idea is that each parish, benefice or church should set aside specific time(s) within their weekly programme for their congregations to pray. At the end of the week we shall all come together for a magnificent time of Prayer and Praise at St James, Bream on the Friday evening 30th November. (Gather at 6:30pm, Prayer & Praise at 7:30pm. – more details to follow).
To help us to pray intelligently for each other during this special week, I would like to publish a Prayer Page for your parishioners to help us focus on the good things God is doing in our situations and also the areas where we feel rather less certain about the way ahead. It would be great to receive from you two or three items of praise / encouragement (perhaps a sentence or two at the most on each) and two or three topical items for specific prayer which are relevant to your parish and situation. This might be a particular problem you face or it may be a new initiative you are considering – you know what the key areas are! If you feel it appropriate, it would be great if you could be as open and candid as possible so that we can really focus on the things that are on your heart.
Please let Tim know as soon as possible of you have any prayer points.