Deanery Prayers

Thanksgivings and Prayers

Gravesend Deanery

February and March 2021

 

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer and enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3v19

 

For the Gravesend Deanery

We give thanks for the resilience, wisdom and imagination shown by the leadership, ordained and lay in our parishes through the current crisis and for the message of hope that has been renewed through Christmas and Epiphany. We pray for the planning that will lead us towards Easter and for a possible visit of Bishop Simon to 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; remembering the life of John Harding and holding him and his family in prayer. For Governors; for Trudi Oliver the School Chaplain. Pray for them all in these times of the pandemic.

 

St Aidan, Gravesend

May we journey with our Lord through the wilderness season of Lent, learning to recognise our depth of faith, our character and our longing for God during these testing times.

May those who were unable to take part in Lent and Easter last year find new ways to worship this year, and be comforted.

Let us pray for those parts of the world blighted by violence, corruption and persecution. May 'Hosanna' be on our lips and hearts in a world too used to crying 'Crucify'.

For Michael and Amy Payne and the PCC

 

All Saints, Perry Street

We pray for the successful roll out of vaccinations and that there will be a high up take, giving thanks for all who are working to make this a success. For all who administer the testing area in Northfleet. We pray for all families who are struggling at this time, emotionally and financially, and pray that they may receive the help they need.
We pray for youngsters who are working at online learning, that they may feel the same sense of achievement as they would from face to face learning. We pray that people will stick to the rules to help us to return to a normal way of life.

For Fr James, the PCC and Wardens

 

Huggens College, Northfleet

We thank God that we have been able to continue with daily worship in College Chapel, with Covid advice precautions.  We had one Collegian die in December (not Covid related). A thanksgiving service will be held when we are all able to gather freely in chapel without the present restrictions.

We have had a few Covid cases but with isolating and assistance with food and pharmacy deliveries thank God, they all have recovered.

Weekly newsletters keep Collegians in touch with College life and each other, especially as many are self isolating! Face Book page: Huggens College Collegians keeps us up to date.

We give thanks to God for the roll out of vaccines and for those who have received them so far.

New Collegians are settling in to their new homes. One Collegian left to go into a care home so we will soon have a vacancy to be applied for. Church people especially are encouraged to apply (60+) and enrich College life. 

For Ian and Madeleine Finn

 

Holy Family, Gravesend

We give thanks for clergy support during the Interregnum and pray for the Minister God is calling to our Benefice.

For Church Wardens, Bill and Pauline, with extra responsibilities.

As we journey through Lent we pray that we might grow in faith.

For the PCC

 

St Margaret, Ifield  

We give grateful thanks that we may still worship together in person, and for so many who are able to lead our services in Interregnum.

 We pray for hard pressed NHS workers and all carers.

We give thanks and pray for everyone involved in the logistics of vaccine distributions.

For David and Glenys Scott, Chris Benson and the PCC and Carey Laughland

 

St Botolph, Northfleet

Give thanks for all who have supported and upheld others throughout the pandemic, reflecting God’s love, and for the Hope which comes with vaccination.

For schools, nurseries and playgroups in our Parish and all who work in them.

Pray for the re-roofing project and for the safety of those working on it through the winter months. Give thanks for the grant from Historic England for this work, enabling us to plan community use for our church building.

For all the connections made during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany with our ‘Envelopes of Comfort and Joy’.

Give thanks for the generosity of our congregation in so many ways.

For Revd Lawrence Smith, Priest in Charge 2009-2018, who died on 17 January 2021 – may he rest in peace.

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

 

St Mark, Rosherville

We pray for all members of our church family who are really missing coming to church and sharing fellowship with each other.  We pray that the lockdown and roll out of vaccines will bring down infections so that we are able to open our church doors again.  We give thanks and pray for Fr Cyril and Marion who continue to minister to us during these really difficult times.  We pray for people who have had their life saving operations cancelled due to Covid, and pray that they are able to have them soon.  We pray for all key workers, and particularly those working in the NHS.

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

Christ Church, Milton

Forty days and forty nights' Pray that our journey through Lent on the way to the cross may truly be a time of prayer and reflection upon Christ's torment and suffering during his time in the wilderness.

Pray for the person whom God is calling to be our new vicar and that we would be ready to welcome him/her into our church family.

As the Corona Virus continues to blight our lives, pray for all who have been directly affected, that they may know our heavenly Father's love and protection. 

Jacqueline Littlewood, Wardens and the PCC

 

St George, Gravesend

We pray for continued safety and protection during this latest national lockdown; for the NHS and those offering care, and especially praying for those so in need of healing at present. 

Bless the bereaved and where life has changed dramatically for people encountering Covid. 

Bless our local schools and the pressures on families with home schooling. 

May the experience of Lent bring us all a time of simplicity and encountering God in these very unfamiliar circumstances we are all in. 

Bless us all in our preparations for Holy Week not knowing yet what we may and may not be able to do. 

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

 

St Mary, Chalk

 Give thanks that the Christmas Nativity (including donkeys!) and Lessons and Carols were filmed and shared online. Also for Nigel's weekly message available online and by phone.

Pray for God's guidance in dealing with long term problems or issues caused by the pandemic.

Give thanks that many older members of our congregation have been vaccinated.

For Nigel & Sue Bourne and the PCC

 

St Mary, Wrotham Road

We give thanks for the scientists, for rushing through the vaccine that will save thousands of lives and pray for all who have been touched by the pandemic, whether themselves or their loved ones 

We pray for our Churches as they have chosen to close their doors for the safety of the congregation - the Church is much more than a building; it’s the people who make a Church and the people can still talk about God’s message to friends and neighbours. We pray for all the Clergy and Lay Ministers who are keeping services going on line. Please keep praying for the work being done in the Hospice. Lord God we ask you to protect all who work for the NHS 

For Trudi and Shaun Oliver and the PCC

 

St Mary, Greenhithe

We thank God for Charlie’s ministry and ask prayer for her as she continues to try to get to know her congregations and parishes, within the current restrictions. Pray for God’s anointing and guidance to be with her in all she does and pray for Gareth and the family as they support her.

Please pray for continued generous giving and sufficient personnel, time and energy to enable the needs of our communities to be met through the work of the Food Cellar, Swanscombe; Hive Hope Food Bank, Northfleet; Mary’s Child at Greenhithe.

For the Charlie and Gareth Lloyd-Evans and the PCC.

 

St Peter & St Paul, Milton

For our congregation and parish; for all the plans for February and March.

For Graham and Linda Herbert and the PCC.

 

St Peter and St Paul, Shorne

For our congregation and parish; for all the plans for February and March.

For Ted and Sylvie Hurst and the PCC

 

St Peter and St Paul, Swanscombe

Pray for our new Priest –in-Charge, Charlie, and her plans, that we may all know God’s guidance in all that we do.

We give thanks for the vaccine and all who care as we pray for God’s help to withstand the Pandemic.

For our Church Wardens, Helen and Stephen.

For Charlie and Gareth Lloyd-Evans 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 the newly appointed Co-ordinator that God will richly bless him and for Ruth Field, School Pastors’ Co-ordinator.