Deanery Prayers

Thanksgivings and Prayers

Gravesend Deanery

August and September 2021


Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:30-31


From The Area Dean: A huge 'thankyou' to all of you who are praying for us and also to all those who enable this prayer list to be compiled. The next phase of running individual parishes and schools etc may be even harder than the last, and all are really tired and frustrated, and many are hurting - so everyone really needs your prayers. God bless you for your ministry.

We hold before God each parish, each place of ministry and each person. God of Love, revealed in Christ and building us as living stones to become a holy temple for your glory, into our brokenness speak by your Spirit that 'still, small voice of calm' to refresh, strengthen, heal and empower us in your worship and service. 'Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of this hour'. In Jesus' name. Amen  

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 rest and refreshment  as the school year ends – for all those involved in new beginnings.  For Governors; for Trudi Oliver the School Chaplain.


St Aidan, Gravesend

For those on holiday-that they may rest and enjoy precious time, and for their safe return. For those who work in the tourism and hospitality industry at home and abroad.

For children preparing to move to new schools; for those starting nursery and those preparing for university, training or employment. May they find opportunity and stimulation and become a beacon of hope for the future.

For those preparing for ordination or commencing lay ministry training; we pray for an increase in vocations to all forms of ministry, and for vocations for the religious life, praying for the Anglican Benedictine Sisters at Malling Abbey.

For Michael and Amy Payne and the PCC





All Saints, Perry Street

Pray for all who are suffering from the effects of the pandemic and for all who have lost family and friends may they know God's love for them. Give thanks for all in the NHS and for the emergency services who have worked to help others.

Pray for God's guidance as we move forward as the people of God in our area.

Fr James and Fr Simon, Wardens and the PCC


Huggens College, Northfleet

We give thanks that morning and evening prayer has continued in our College Chapel throughout the lockdown period; we look forward to the final easing of restrictions in Chapel. We look forward to welcoming a new Collegian into her new home next month. The gardens and grounds of College are looking beautiful and are well cared for by College Staff and we give thanks for a lovely and secure place to live. Prayers for Collegians who have suffered family bereavements and for those worried about family illnesses. Prayers for our Deanery and beyond, for Christian unity and for safe travelling for those going on holiday.

For Ian and Madeleine Finn


Holy Family, Gravesend

Pray for the Church Wardens and all their responsibilities.

Give thanks for our team, repairing and maintaining the church and grounds.

For the Nursery School and all their ideas and plans.

For Revd Ted Hurst and his wife in their ministry to us.

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst, Church Wardens and PCC

St Margaret, Ifield

Pray for ongoing return to full health for Ted Hurst.

For  our leaders in these Covid times, grappling with difficult decisions concerning more 'freedom', that everyone understands the need for  continuing caution.

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


St Botolph, Northfleet

Pray for our children and young people, for rest and refreshment for them and their families after such a difficult year, as we thank God for all our blessings. For ‘September Stewardship Month’, as we look at our gifts and talents and how they may best be nurtured and used. For God’s guidance as we plan services and events until December, that we may grow his Kingdom in our community.

For Fr Cyril and Denneshia; Church Wardens Pauline and Wendy and the PCC
St Mark, Rosherville

We give thanks to God for our wonderful world and its bounteous gifts.  As custodians of the world we pray for world leaders to sign up to climate change initiatives to keep it safe for future generations.  We give thanks for the lifting of Covid restrictions and pray for those who will find these changes challenging and make them anxious.  We give thanks for our ministry team and their spiritual leadership.  As St Mark's prepares to open fully we pray for our church family and look forward to sharing fellowship with them and praising the glory of God.  

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

Christ Church, Milton

As the restrictions of the past sixteen months are relaxed, pray that we may seek the will of God in planning for the way ahead and ensuring the safety of all who worship at Christ Church.
Pray for the success of both our Table Top Sale and Last Night of the Proms events, taking place on11th September, and for those involved in their planning and preparation
Give thanks for leadership and ministry of Bishop James in the diocese, and pray for Bishop Simon and those who will seek to appoint Bishop James' successor, that they may be empowered by the Holy Spirit as the selection process begins.

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


St George, Gravesend

Prayers for Mark, Natalie and Taliesin as they settle in to the Parish.  For Mark as he will be ordained Deacon at Rochester Cathedral and starts a Curacy with us in September. For our Confirmation candidates and those being confirmed at our Deanery Confirmation service September 12th.

For good rest and refreshment over the summer break

For all Churches coping with the lifting of covid restrictions

For those getting married during this period

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


St Mary, Chalk

Pray for how we manage moving back to something like more like normal services. For all issues relating to the Barns in the car park.

With thankfulness over the work with youngsters (Loaves and Fishes) and for continuing development.

For wisdom, regarding practicalities and when, to enable a service of ‘Thanksgiving and Remembrance for the bereaved’.

For Nigel & Sue Bourne Sue to have a relaxing, restful holiday, returning renewed and prayers for the PCC


St Mary, Wrotham Road

We give you great thanks, Lord, for all the scientists that are still working on the vaccine to rid the world of Corona Virus.

We ask your blessings on all preparations being done for the reopening of all the activities that hopefully can go ahead in our Churches after "Freedom Monday".

We pray for all those waiting to come back to our Toddler Group.

Please pray for all the Clergy who worked their socks off to keep the congregations together and informed.

And we ask you to protect all the children as they prepare to enjoy the summer holidays.

For Trudi and Shaun Oliver and the PCC





St Mary, Greenhithe

We give thanks for the re-starting of our Community Café and Afternoon Tea Party; those who volunteer and the people from the community who come.  Please pray that these outreach ministries will draw people into a relationship with God.

Pray for the Anglican Ebbsfleet Project Board; the building and setting up of the Alkerden Anglican Primary School, due to open in September 2022, and the planned dedicated faith space at the Alkerden Community Hub.

We ask for continued prayer for the right person to become our second Warden and for the finances to complete our Quinquennial Repairs! 

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 August and September.

For Graham and Linda Herbert and the PCC.


St Peter and St Paul, Shorne

For our congregation and parish; for all the plans for August and September.

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst and the PCC


St Peter and St Paul, Swanscombe

Pray for Diane and the choir.

Give thanks for everyone who helps with the Food Cellar and pray for those who use it.

Pray for Jean Budgen  and her family at this time 

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



Gravesham Street and School Pastors
Street Pastors are planning to resume patrols in September. Please pray for the teams as they will have new challenges when they go back on the streets of Gravesham. We are looking for volunteers; would you also pray that God will raise up new Street Pastors. Visit us on the web to find out more.

Pray for School Pastors, planning for the new school year.

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