For Prayer and Reflection…

Thanks to Dorothy, our President, for the prayer points below, to the people who have contributed various other parts to the page, and to the people at Sermon Central, who have made it possible to share with you some video messages of hope and encouragement in these unprecedented times.  Please feel free to pray on the points given, reflect on the thoughts shared, to watch the videos below, to read the suggested Scriptures, and to reflect on what a great and awesome God we serve.

Alan Harrison (Communications Officer)


Week Commencing 6th July 2020

Points for Prayer

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(Proverbs 3: 5 & 6, New International Version)

Week 16 and lockdown has eased more again.  Some of our churches opened for worship yesterday.  Other Fellowships are on with plans for re-opening and yet others, are still watching and waiting.  Wherever we are at, let us wait on the Lord and be ready to move at His bidding.  One size does not fit all.  Each Fellowship must take care of their own members and community.  The Lord knows our needs and He promises to lead us in ways of righteousness.

What next?

This Prayer Sheet was set up as we entered lockdown both as a means of keeping our Fellowships connected and also for encouragement.  Whilst we are at a point of some of our Fellowships beginning to open for worship, we are all far from returning to normal routines.  As of 31st July, under present plans, we will all be able to move around – if we choose to do so.

The Prayer Sheet will continue in its present form until and including the 27th July.  Then, we will review the situation.  If you have thoughts or suggestions of how (or if) the sheet should continue please send these to the Resource Centre.  This Prayer Sheet has always aimed to support our Fellowships, never burden them with extra paperwork.  If the time for it to end is then, that is fine.  However, if there is something that would still help and encourage you then please let us know.  We are here to serve the Connexion.

Dorothy Kendrick, Connexional President

Connexion

Continue to pray for direction, strength, protection and for unity for the Churches in our Connexion during this time of uncertainty, especially as they consider ways to possibly re-open in the days ahead.

Prayer requests from our churches

Grappenhall: Two of their faithful members have gone to glory: Ruth Gulson and Arthur Hughson.  They were faithful members of the congregation for many years.  Prayers for their families and the church would be greatly appreciated.  Ruth, who was 97, had come from a Moravian Christian background and Ruth’s mother had lived in the Moravian Settlement in Manchester.  She had recently moved to be with her family.  Arthur, who had recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was born on the Isle of Skye and had gone to Grappenhall, where his wife, Marjorie, was a lifelong member.  They had recently moved to Cumbria to be with their family.

Bethesda, Staple Hill: Please remember Sue Walker and her family as her husband Bob went into Southmead Hospital ten days ago with breathlessness.  After tests, he was found to be dehydrated, anaemic and have a kidney problem.  He is now at home with his family.

Nelson, Colne: Fred Husband, an IM Minister Emeritus, has passed away this week.  He was 93 years old and living in a care home with dementia.  His funeral is to be held on Monday 13th July at Burnley Crematorium at 11:30a.m.  Many of the church fellowship are hoping to line the road outside church as they pass by, and hope to hold a Thanksgiving Service at a later date.  Please uphold his son Stephen, the family and the church in your prayers during this time.

Lowton: Sue (Yolande’s sister) and Andy Larkin, who run the Vineyard Church in Liverpool are having major problems with their premises.  Please pray this can be resolved.  For Kinza, who will come to Britain for a year to work for Epiphany Trust in Parliament from September – please pray that there will be no problems with her visa application.  Also, for her sister Sarah, still in Thailand, but who hopes to go to University in Italy in the same way Kinza was able to.

Please continue to pray for:

For all Key Workers and their Families: NHS and Healthcare, Nursery/School Teachers, HGV Drivers, Rail/Bus Workers, Royal Mail, DWP and Government employees, Food/Retail Staff.

Pray for all those who tirelessly seek to help those who are at risk and in need, while in doing so, put themselves at risk.

(Please send details of any staff you know with specific prayer needs.)

Prayer from Christian Aid

For those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones, for those who were already very anxious,

for those immune suppressed or compromised, for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions,

for those in the ‘most at risk to coronavirus’ categories, for those watching their entire income stream dry up,

for those who have no choice but to go out to work, for those who are afraid to be at home,

for those who are more lonely than they’ve ever been, for those who are bereaved and grieving.

God be their healer, comfort and protection, be their strength, shield and provision be their security, safety and close companion.

And raise up your Church to be your well-washed hands and faithful feet, to be present to the pain,

to respond with love in action, if even from a safe distance.

God, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Amen. 

Good New and Thanks!

Lamberhead Green: Brenda Calderbank would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  She is now back home after her operation and Alan has also returned to the care home.

Risley IM Re-opens!  We are happy to tell you that we opened Risley IM Church for our first Service yesterday and were blessed with a congregation of 17 ( Liz & Chris Mayes)

Dorothy Kendrick, Connexional President: Thank you to everyone who has been praying for my family, especially for the funeral service on Thursday 2nd July.  It was a very fitting service for my Dad and all went according to plan.  Thank you for your faithfulness.


Week Commencing 29th June 2020

Points for Prayer

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.

In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

(Exodus 15:13, New International Version)

Week 15 of lockdown and the restrictions continue to be lifted.  Just this morning, the Government has published it’s guidance for the re-opening of Places of Worship from 4th July.

It should be noted that whilst various information has been sent by Connexion to assist all our local churches, the responsibility for the re-opening of individual church buildings lies with the local Trustees to obey the Government instructions.  There is no compulsion to open the church building before the Fellowship are willing and able to do so.

It is nationally acknowledged that fear is one of the outcomes of the Coronavirus pandemic, and so it is important that we take this into consideration in our planning for re-opening our individual church buildings.  However, we know that perfect love casts our fear and God’s love is perfect and unfailing.  As we continue to trust Him, and wait on Him, we will find that He will show us the way ahead.  We all look forward to the day when we can meet in His house freely again, but acknowledge that such a time is still distant.  However, God’s presence is always with us and we continue to draw on His strength and lean on Him in these strange and difficult times.

May God bless and guide you in all your discussions and decisions.

Dorothy Kendrick, Connexional President

Connexion

Continue to pray for direction, strength, protection and for unity for the Churches in our Connexion during this time of uncertainty.

Please pray that all our Fellowships will respond to the General Secretary’s recent letter regarding the decision about West Camel Methodist Church who has requested to join our Connexion.  Pray for Church secretaries and Leaders that they are able to both contact their membership and register their vote during these challenging times by the closing date of 30th June.

Prayer requests from our churches

Lamberhead Green: Brenda Calderbank was taken into hospital and has had a hernia operation.  Alan is still in hospital also.  Please uphold Brenda, Alan and the family in your prayers.

Dorothy Kendrick: Thank you to all those who have been praying for Dorothy, her daughter Rachel and the family during this time.  Please pray for her Dad’s funeral, which is to be held this Thursday at 12noon in North Wales.

Please continue to pray for:

For all Key Workers and their Families: NHS and Healthcare, Nursery/School Teachers, HGV Drivers, Rail/Bus Workers, Royal Mail, DWP and Government employees, Food/Retail Staff.

Pray for all those who tirelessly seek to help those who are at risk and in need, while in doing so, put themselves at risk.

(Please send details of any staff you know with specific prayer needs.)

Prayer from Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:

we are people of courage.

We are not people who protect our own safety:

we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.

We are not people of greed:

we are people of generosity.

We are your people God,

giving and loving,

wherever we are,

whatever it costs,

for as long as it takes,

wherever you call us.

Amen.