Deanery Prayers

Thanksgivings and Prayers

Gravesend Deanery

April and May 2022

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Heavenly Father,

Bless each parish, church and school in our Gravesend Deanery

to build us up for the blessing of this area and for your glory.

Help our leaders, ordained and lay, and help us all to work together

and know the fruit of your Holy Spirit in our lives;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A message for all of us from Nigel Bourne, Area Dean.

‘This year, even as we move towards and into the Great Fifty Days of Easter, we are acutely aware that the evils of this world-whilst subject to ultimate defeat – still have a very sharp power to bring devastation. Thank you for your prayers, for your journeying with those who suffer and for your proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus in all its fullness. Verses ( back page) of ‘Praise to the Lord’ have been a help to me; I pray they will help you too.’

 

St George’s School

For Steve Carey and all the staff; for students, parents and carers; for Governors; for Trudi Oliver, the School Chaplain.

 

St Aidan, Gravesend

We extend joyful Easter greetings to our Deanery friends and pray that during this time of anxiety around war, the glorious victory of Christ will triumph in our hearts, over the darkness of despair.

We give thanks for Christ's Cross- symbol of life and hope; may it be a sure support to all who feel adrift or afraid.

We glorify in the Ascension of Our Lord, may we join with him in the heavenly kingdom.

For Michael and Amy Payne and the PCC

 

All Saints, Perry Street

Pray for all who are suffering especially for the people of Ukraine. Pray that those who seek refuge may find a warm welcome free of tension and stress.
Pray for those who are finding it hard to manage financially that they may be guided to the right help.
Pray for all families preparing for baptism that they may be filled with the Holy Spirit.; for growth in our churches.

Fr James and Fr Simon, Wardens and the PCC

 

 

Huggens College, Northfleet

We give thanks for the community of the College, the residents of the 30 bungalows, the members of staff and their families, the College Trustees and the charity manager.

For the Lent Course that we are following “Living Stones: Living Hope”

For the chapel, its regular pattern of worship and the fellowship that flows from this.

For College Chaplain Philip Davies and for Julia Davies.

 

Holy Family, Gravesend

Pray for God’s guidance for the Church, that he will equip and strengthen us as we serve him.

For our Mother and Toddler Group.

Prayers for the families moving into the new housing next to Holy Family Church.

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst; Church Wardens Bill and Pauline and the PCC

 

St Margaret, Ifield

Pray and give thanks for Ted Hurst as he manages his busy schedule between our three parishes

For our fundraising plans during the coming year and plans for Mission Outreach 

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst, Chris Benson and the PCC and Carey Laughland

 

St Botolph, Northfleet

We stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine as we pray for them daily at 8pm; for broken lives, broken homes, broken hopes and dreams, that peace may come.

For the Confirmation Service on 30th April, pray for candidates and their families including those from school at St Botolph’s and Rosherville.

For our Lenten journey into Easter that we may know God’s presence in the joy of the Resurrection.

For our Parish AGM 15th May as we review the year and look forward to following God’s guidance in all that is planned in the future.

For Fr Cyril and Dennishia; Church Wardens Pauline and Wendy and the PCC
 

St Mark, Rosherville

We give thanks for our church, not just a building but a place to share fellowship and praise the glory of God, where local groups have their activities and children's parties are enjoyed.  We pray for the people of Rosherville, for all our local schools, shops, and our bus garage and for all those who work in the area providing services for local people.  We pray for all candidates who are being confirmed on the 30th April, may their spiritual commitment to God enrich their lives. We pray for Fr Cyril and Marion. 

For Fr Cyril and Dennishia; Church Wardens Keith and Sarah and the PCC
 

 

 

 

Christ Church, Milton

Pray for the group preparing our new Mission Action plan, following the thinking and planning afternoon in March.

As we draw towards the end of the Lent season, give thanks for those who have been  leading our Lent course, based around the Beatitudes, and pray that those who attended will have been encouraged in their in their individual faith journeys.

As the Easter season approaches, pray that we would make a faithful observance of the sacred Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.

Pray for the group planning and preparing our celebrations to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Andrew and Alison Davey, Jacqueline Littlewood, Wardens and the PCC

 

St George, Gravesend

We unite with everyone’s prayers for Ukraine at present; raying for all refugees and those mourning the loss of loved ones.  We pray for peace.

For a happy and holy Easter to all.  May we know the power of the resurrection in our lives. For our Easter Family Fun Day – that many young children will connect with the Easter story

For those preparing for baptism and marriage

For special services happening during this period – our Patronal Festival, APCM and sharing of a new vision, our Civic Service – for the new Mayor

For good rest and refreshment during school holidays

Jim and Sarah Fletcher, Mark and Natalie Edwards, Emma Oliver, Ministry Team and PCC

 

St Mary, Chalk

Pray for our Holy week events and Easter services.

 Give thanks for those who give much time to run “church life”, especially our churchwardens and treasurer.

 Pray for our Annual Church meeting in May.

 Pray for continued growth through Loaves and Fishes.

 Pray for the ‘Barn project’

For Nigel & Sue Bourne, and for the PCC, for Nigel in his role as Area Dean.

 

St Mary, Wrotham Road

We pray for the people of the Ukraine; we give thanks for all the people who have so generously opened their home to the refugees.

We pray for our first Messy Church since the pandemic; we pray the children will see God in all our activities.

We give thanks for the children in our Sunday school now it has started again.

Please keep the Hospice in your prayers, for all the amazing care the patients receive from our amazing nurses and dedicated doctors and Chaplains.

We pray for our Queen.

For Trudi and Shaun Oliver and the PCC

 

St Mary, Greenhithe

We give thanks for God’s blessing on Mandy (LLM) during her Sabbatical and ask for prayer, as she returns to ‘work’, in whatever form that may now be.

Our LLM, Jen, begins two months Sabbatical on 1st May. Pray for her and for the volunteers needed to take on her duties, and those of her husband (Ben) and family, to enable them to worship together at other churches on Sundays.

We thank God for the Faculty to start our Roof and Masonry Repair Project; now we need a miracle to raise the funds in order to make it happen!

For Charlie and Gareth Lloyd-Evans, Mandy and Jen, Ben and Rod and the PCC.

 

St Peter & St Paul, Milton

For our congregation and parish; for all the plans for April and May.

For Graham and Linda Herbert and the PCC.

 

St Peter and St Paul, Shorne

For our congregation and parish; for all the plans for April and May.

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst and the PCC

 

St Peter and St Paul, Swanscombe

We pray for those who are facing difficulties within our community with health, mental health and financial difficulties.

We ask for God’s blessing on the team undertaking obtaining grants for our font restoration.

We also pray for our friends at St Mary’s Greenhithe as they continue with fundraising for their roof repairs.

For Charlie and Gareth Lloyd-Evans, Jean Budgen,Church Wardens and the PCC.

 

Gravesham Street and School Pastors

For the teams of Street Pastors patrolling on Friday and Saturday nights. Pray for School Pastors, and for the students they meet and give thanks for the day time ministry in Gravesend Market. For our AGM on 16 May and the appointment of a new Chair.

For Steve Banks, Street Pastors’ Co-ordinator, for Ruth Field, School Pastors’ Co-ordinator, the Management Team and Priscilla McBean as she retires as Chair.