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Current Prayer Points 

Keeping praying together as a church is vital, even if we cannot meet physically together. To that end, we are encouraging people to stop and pray at various points during the week: 7.30am on Tuesdays, midday on Wednesdays, and 6pm on Thursdays. Not everyone is going to be able to do all of these, but we hope that everyone would be able to do at least one of these a week. 

Here are a few suggested prayer points to guide your prayers:

  • Please pray for those who are afraid and anxious, that they would know the peace of God close with them
  • Pray for those who are especially isolated and without contact with people at this time
  • Pray for those who are sick, and concerned that they may be sick, that they would have wisdom, understanding and powerful healing
  • Pray for those who are struggling with dependency and addiction as the isolation, loneliness, boredom and stress can be triggers for them
  • Pray for those working in healthcare, for strength, perseverance and protection
  • Pray for our emergency services as they seek to keep us safe in trying times
  • Pray for all those who are working to keep our country running, such as delivery workers, refuse collection, pharmacists and supermarket staff
  • Pray for our government and leaders, that they would have supernatural, God-given wisdom for these times
  • Pray for us as a church that we would keep our eyes on Jesus
Please do pray for our associated charities during this time:

For LVA Trust as they juggle the demands of homeschooling with the need to respond to the current situation.
  • For God to look after and protect the young people in this time who are struggling especially those in vulnerable situations
  • For wisdom as we navigate a new road of working with young people online in a way that is safe, secure and beneficial
  • For new and creative ideas to make our PSHE lessons available to schools and students in the coming months
  • For protection for the staff members
For Riverbank, please pray for:
  • The on-going demand for support from the Food Bank and Hygiene Bank and for staff delivering these parcels (33 so far!)
  • Financial stability for Riverbank during this difficult time.
  • The mental health and well-being of our families particularly the most vulnerable, those parenting alone and those who have children with Special Education Needs.
For Kick, please pray for:
  • New Opportunities: with schools closing we have become Key Workers delivering education to Key Worker children that enables nurses, police and firefighters to go to work to save lives. 
  • Health & Safety for our coaches as they travel to and from work whilst most others stay home. 
  • Sustainability: with many schools closed or considering closing through lockdown please pray for wisdom for our leaders and new income to keep KICK alive through to September. 
Here is a way to use Psalm 121 to guide our prayers:
 
1 lift my eyes up to the mountains -
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord 
the maker of heaven and earth

Let's start my lifting our eyes up and thanking our loving and compassionate God for being with us this week. Thank him for something that you have seen him do in your life this week.
 
3 He will not let your foot slip - 
he who watches over you will not slumber
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel 
will neither slumber or sleep

Let's pray that in this time of anxiety and stress our faith in God would increase and that we would trust that God is working 24/7.  
Let's pray for the key workers that are working long hours: carers, teachers, delivery men, those working in shops. Pray for their safety, their health and well being. Why not commit this week to pray every day for some of the key-workers you know.
 
5 The Lord watches over you -
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night

It is hard to read these lines and not remember those who are unwell and struggling at this time.  Let's now lift those names to God, knowing that he hears our prayers, asking for faith to trust him with those we love and care for.
 
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm - 
he will watch over your life
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and evermore.

Let us pray for those in authority who are having to make difficult and complex decisions. Pray for our Government and also pray for a government of another country that you feel passionate about as they make decisions for their own countries,
Finally let's pray for our communities that we would continue to love and support one another, reaching out to those in need and being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Here are suggested prayers from the Church of England:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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.