Deanery Prayers

Thanksgivings and Prayers

Gravesend Deanery

April and May 2021


The Lord, your God, is in your midst; a mighty Saviour, who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love.” -Zephaniah 3v17


For the Gravesend Deanery

We continue to give thanks for the resilience, wisdom and imagination shown by the leadership, ordained and lay, in our parishes through the current crisis. We particularly pray for wisdom as we move closer to more regular public worship in the parishes, for blessings of hope through reflections on Good Friday and Easter themes, and for a lasting impact from Bishop Simon's Zoom meetings across the Deanery.

For Nigel Bourne in his role as Area Dean



St George’s School

For Steve Carey and all the staff, in whatever capacity; for students, parents and carers, for all that future education holds.  For Governors; for Trudi Oliver the School Chaplain; pray for them all in these times of the pandemic.


St Aidan, Gravesend

We give thanks for the glorious Resurrection of Christ and claim his promise of eternal life. May this year's Easter celebration bring fresh and enduring hope to the world.

We pray for strength and courage in all efforts to prevail against the Covid virus, but also for those suffering away from the glare of the media. May we reach out in neighbourliness to all in our human family.

For Michael and Amy Payne and the PCC


All Saints, Perry Street

Pray for all whose lives have been affected by Covid and are now suffering from worry and distress through lack of income, poor health, or loss of a loved one.
Pray that the Church may become a centre of hope, support and comfort, catering for the greatest needs of the community.
Fr James and Fr Simon, Churchwardens and the PCC that they may make wise decisions.


Huggens College, Northfleet

We give thanks for being able to continue daily to worship in Chapel safely over this recent lockdown. We thank God for the Lenten Reflections in the Chapel and the growth in spirituality this has brought for those participating. 

We pray for Collegians’ family and friends who have not been seen for many weeks; for all who live alone and feel the stress of loneliness, anxiety, depression.

We pray daily in Chapel for all our friends in the local Churches, in all denominations; for those who have been unable to meet in the last few months.

For our Holy Week and Easter program of services in College Chapel, as we hold a full week of services despite unable to sing in the usual way!

God bless all in our Deanery area.

For Ian and Madeleine Finn


Holy Family, Gravesend

Pray for people in our Parish finding life difficult in the pandemic and those grieving for loved ones.

Pray for Revd Ted Hurst as he begins his ministry with us.

Give thanks for Church Wardens Pauline and Bill, for all their support in the Interregnum and above all, we thank God for his faithfulness and love.

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst, Church Wardens and PCC

St Margaret, Ifield  

Pray for, and give grateful thanks to, everyone who enabled our worship during the Interregnum.
Pray for Revd Ted and Sylvie Hurst; we welcome them to St Margaret's. 

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


St Botolph, Northfleet

Give thanks to God for light at the end of a long dark tunnel of Covid; for all who have worked and cared; for vaccinations and the promise of Easter hope.

For ‘LiveLent’ and our journey together, yet apart, through Lent.

Roofing and stonework repairs are almost completed; give thanks for the skill and safety of the workmen and for the grants received, enabling our church to grow as a hub for the community of Northfleet.

Pray for the re-opening of St Botolph’s on Palm Sunday and for all that is planned for Holy Week and Easter.

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

St Mark, Rosherville

We give thanks for the ‘LiveLent’ booklet which has helped us through our Lenten journey whilst our church remains closed; we give thanks for the online services given by Fr Cyril. We thank God that infection rates are falling, and for the continuing success of the vaccine roll-out, giving us hope for the coming months. We pray for the Quinquennial inspection taking place in April and hope that it will offer solutions to the problems which are making our church building unsafe. 

We pray for teachers and school children as they return to school. 

For Fr Cyril and Denneshia; Church Wardens Steve and Sarah and the PCC


Christ Church, Milton

Give thanks for the appointment of Revd Dr Andrew Davey as the new vicar of Christ Church. Pray for him and his family as they prepare to join us in May and for his present congregation as they look towards a period of vacancy .

Give thanks to God for his love and guiding throughout the past year during our period of vacancy and pray that we may know his will for the future

“He is not here, he has risen”. Celebrate with us and give thanks for the risen Lord on Easter Day and the new life that he offers us

Jacqueline Littlewood, Wardens and the PCC


St George, Gravesend

For our PCC, Ministry Team and for Mark Edwards and family who will be joining us in the summer, as Mark begins his curacy here.

We pray for a Holy Easter and may we all rejoice in the amazing news of the resurrection; a pandemic doesn’t cancel Easter! 

Bless our local schools after such a tough year, for teachers, staff and children on their Easter break

For the work of Christian Aid, and the fundraising and raising awareness for Christian Aid week 9-15 May.

For the election of the Mayor, and for the Civic Service at St George’s.

We pray for those who make decisions on our behalf both locally and nationally. For our APCM and election of new PCC members

Jim and Sarah Fletcher, Emma Oliver (Children and Families Worker), Ministry Team and PCC


St Mary, Chalk

Give thanks for Loaves and Fishes on-line; pray that family contacts, made during the past year, will continue when the group can, once again, meet physically.

Pray for those struggling with loss.

Pray that a service in church may be possible on Good Friday and Easter Day.

Pray for wisdom as we begin to find a way to a more normal form of worship.

May God guide and direct plans for our barn.

For Nigel & Sue Bourne and the PCC


St Mary, Wrotham Road

We give thanks that the vaccine is reaching so many people, and we give thanks and pray for all the scientists as they are working to improve the vaccine

Pray that our Churches will open for Easter services

Please keep praying for work of the Doctors, Nurses and Chaplaincy at the Hospice We give thanks for all the people who are now connected to St Mary's through our online services; pray when we open again they will come through the doors. We pray and give thanks for all clergy, as they have kept the services on line in such a difficult time

For Trudi and Shaun Oliver and the PCC


St Mary, Greenhithe

We thank God for our church young people and the role they have played in our online services, being part of the Technical Team and joining in with the Music Group. Please pray, with us, that they will continue to grow in faith.

Members of St. Peter & St. Paul, Swanscombe Methodist and St. Mary joined together for a Lent Course, via Zoom. We pray that fellowship between the three churches will continue to develop.

Please pray that each member of St. Mary’s will be emboldened to share the reality of God in their lives with family, friends and neighbours.

For Charlie and Gareth Lloyd-Evans, Mandy and Jen 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 the Churchwardens and the PCC


St Peter and St Paul, Swanscombe

We give thanks for all those who work to keep our church members safe during the pandemic and we pray for your blessings on all those who are struggling during this time. We also remember those who have lost loved ones this last year and we ask for your peace as we take time to reflect this Tuesday 23rd March during the National Day of Reflection.

We give thanks for the work of our priest in charge, Rev Charlie, and we ask for God's blessing on her and her husband, Gareth, and family.

For our Church Wardens, Helen and Stephen.

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



Gravesham Street and School Pastors

Continue to pray for guidance for the Street and School Pastors initiative in these times of Covid. Pray for Steve Banks, Street Pastors’ Co-ordinator, for Ruth Field, School Pastors’ Co-ordinator and the Management Team