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FOCUS ON WEST LANCASHIRE

All Hallows, Bispham, Blackpool (Johnny Lee)

  • Pray for Mark Wooding starting as associate minister for community outreach later in the month, for him and his girls to settle in well, to be well received by the church family and for making a great start in developing our evangelism.
  • Pray for fringe families to be clearly converted and growing in discipleship
  • Pray for sustaining and healing of a number of our key lay leaders

 Beacon Church in Ashton (Antony Billington)

  • Thanks to God for a positive season coming out of Covid – the church seems in good heart with an increase in numbers (mostly disaffected anglicans joining us) and a vibrant work with children
  • Pray for wisdom for decisions and actions around our building (not ours). We are pretty much at capacity and are exploring options for the future
  • Pray for ongoing love and unity among us as we make decisions around issues going forward (related to the building, a possible new paid person, and other issues)
  • Pray for God’s blessing on our outreach activities in Ashton

 Layton Community Church (Mark Walters, Dave Lewis)

  • Give thanks that our first ever Easter holiday bible club resulted in over 40 children hearing the gospel over 4 days. Most families came to church last Sunday. Please pray for lasting fruit – that positive relationships with families will be established and for new life in Jesus.
  • Give thanks for a growing congregation, particularly with Internationals who are working in the healthcare sector. Please pray for wisdom in how to draw people on the fringe into mainstream church life – that they will grow in godliness and love for Jesus.
  • Please pray for God’s leading as we seek to add to our leadership team (Elders & Deacons & Trustees) in the months ahead. Pray for people to be willing to ‘step up’ and for the Lord to bring suitable people who can be the leaders of the future. 

 St Andrew’s Ashton (James Nash)

  • Give thanks for all our Easter Services; for happy times remembering God’s goodness to us in Christ and the life we have in him; please pray for unbelievers who heard something about Jesus, that the Spirit would be at work in them.
  • Please pray for plans for the new term; we’re going to be teaching through Joshua on Sunday mornings (sermons and Junior Church) and working through “You’re not Crazy” in Home Groups, focussing on cultivating a deep gospel culture across church family life.
  • Please pray for our incoming Curate, Phil, and his family. Give thanks that the diocese have found them a house in the parish; please pray for provision of school places for their two older children and for all the preparations they need to make as they move up from London.
  • Give thanks for all our ministry among children and young people and for the numbers we have coming along week by week; please pray for preparations, logistics and wisdom as we turn our youngest Junior Church Group (0-4s) into two new groups (0-2s & 3s/4s).

St Andrew’s Church Leyland (David Whitehouse, Paul Davies)

  • Saturday 20th April – Women’s Day Away – pray for a good day of fellowship and growth as Hannah Fox comes to teach 50-60 women from our church family
  • Tuesday 16th April – New Griefshare course starting – pray this will reach those who are coping with loss and bereavement with the life giving news of Jesus.
  • Pathway to ministry – pray for those testing gifts in Christian ministry and pray that we would increasingly see people sent into full time training and longterm ministry roles.

St Simon & St Jude with All Souls (Andy Liggins)

  • Please pray we disciple new Christians well; pray they’d be good soil who produce a great harvest.
  • Pray for wisdom in leading St Simon’s – knowing the next steps to take regarding the Church of England; appointing our first paid staff members; and making the most of the gospel opportunities we have.
  • Pray for an increasing humility and dependence upon God as a church family. We have our annual vision Sunday/APCM on Sunday 21st April, where we’ll be digging into what it means to be a church that grows in this and avoids just “doing things”. Pray for Andy as he speak on Psalm 127v1.

St Paul’s Ansdell and Fairhaven (Paul Bye)

  • Those who came to our Easter Invitation service – that the Lord would draw them to himself, and for opportunity to follow them up after Easter.
  • For our curate and his family as they prepare to move in the early summer to the Midlands for Kyle to take up leadership of a church there.
  • For opportunity for Paul to take a ‘retreat’ in April to refresh himself in the Lord and spend some time planning for patterns in the next stage of St Paul’s life.

SOUND HOLIDAY PRAYER POINTS

The Buzz – Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May 2024

  • That we’d be able to take more children from the waiting list, and that we wouldn’t leave many disappointed.
  • That we’d have just the right team of leaders and cooks.
  • That all planning and prep would go smoothly, and that we wouldn’t neglect anything.
     

ANNUAL CONFERENCE PRAYER POINTS

Annual Conference Prayer points

Plant

  • For plans to plant a church in Buckley, Flintshire to come together to launch in 2025.
  • For people to join a launch team.
  • For the Lord to provide money to fund it.

Persevere

  • Please pray that our ministers meetings will be good times of encouragement and prayer and would be valuable in terms of strengthening for those in ministry.
  • Pray for the Fortify leaders training day on March 9th, for leaders, volunteers and parents as they come along that it would be a day of great encouragement, and teaching to help equip people as they share the truth of Jesus with the children and young people in their care. 

Mature

  • For leaders for the 3 residentials The Buzz, Quinta and The Vibe, For planning and preparation for them, for the teaching, activities and organisation
  • Give thanks for Sound, and the young people coming, pray that these times together would be good at building them up in their faith, growing their love for Jesus and helping them meet and get to know other Christians in the North West.
  • Pray for the next Sound event on March 22nd, at St John’s Hartford.

Train

  • Give thanks for students.
  • Pray for all teaching this term. 3.
  • Pray for more students in 24-25.

FOCUS ON EAST LANCASHIRE

St Andrew’s Livesey, Blackburn

  • Thanks: for the Lord bringing visitors to our Christmas events, who seemed to enjoy them
  • Thanks: for the start of a Sunday morning creche yesterday, and willing volunteers to staff it
  • Thanks: for door-knocking leading to a few Sunday visitors in Nov-Dec
  • Please: for Sticky Fingers (tots group) mums to come on Sundays – currently none have done.
  • Please: for dinners after church to work well for welcoming in, and building relationships.
  • Please: for a “Taking a Look” course, and for those attending

Christ Church Blackburn

  • Thanks for unexpected additions to our church family over the past year – and for a few conversions.
  • Please pray for good relationships to be built across the church family and for the small beginnings of Word One2One partnerships to grow over the coming months.
  • Pray for Haroon and Mariam Lal Din who are moving from Pakistan to Blackburn next month to lead our outreach to the South Asian community (in partnership with other churches)

St James Chorley

  • Thanks for sustaining over Christmas, and a good holiday
  • Pray for me and G as we parent to keep the big picture in view not just convenience and for us to be full of Grace. 
  • Pray for our apologetics Big Questions to grow midweek involvement at church
  • Pray for our youth to be gripped by Christ and not drift away

 

Benefice of the Redeemer, Blackburn

Thanks:

  • An encouraging number of Christmas events with a number of guests/non-Christians hearing the gospel.
  • People keen to serve at church and enjoying the Bible teaching.

Pray:

  • Wisdom as we seek to pastorally care for church members
  • Gods guidance as we seek to look forward and develop a plan for the next 5 years.
  • Youth group as we do the Vox course
  • Cornhill Scotland mission team with us over half-term week – involved in holiday club, Sunday preaching, etc.

Withnell St James and Heapey St Barnabas

Pray for the appointment of new vicar

Coppull, Coppull St John’s

  • Give thanks for good attendance at services: particularly at Christmas, but also for good numbers and a good atmosphere at our regular services. 
  • Give thanks for two new attenders interested in Christianity Explored, and pray that God would open their eyes. 

St John’s Whittle-le-Woods, Clayton Brook

We had an encouraging first Sunday yesterday with Matthew 16:18. It’s a big prayer for us as we still have too few doing too much and all getting older. Lots of big things on with reordering, financial challenges, and the state of the CofE.

Benefice of Colne, St. Bartholomew and Holy Trinity

we’ve had quite a few new people come to faith. I’m praying for some evangelicals to come and join us, as we seek to change culture over the next decade or so…

FOCUS ON MANCHESTER

·      City Church Manchester – for our elders over the next few months as we make plans for our next direct plant: location, planter etc.  Also we’re running an evangelism training track starting on Thursdays

·      Emmanuel Community Church, Stockport – Church plants in gospel deprived communities (which I’m assuming are many and diverse). Effective training of many more leaders (!) to resource mission across the city. Increasing catholicity amongst gospel-loving churches

·      Grace Church Manchester – prioritising evangelism of men. Resources to care for young adults and young families with complex pastoral care/mental health/ spiritual needs. Growing supportive working relationships across Grtr Mcr

·      Holy Trinity Platt – launching a 3rd TCC plant in January

·      St Clements Church, Manchester – for men to be converted. establishing of a Cantonese speaking bible study

·      Union Hall Evangelical Church – praying for more workers, lots of new faces again this term, but not enough workers to disciple them all.

FOCUS ON CHESHIRE

  • Chris Pierce’s induction service at Christ Church Wharton is on the evening of Mon 16th. Please pray for him and for Christ Church as they begin a new phase in their church life and ministry.
  • Pray for increasing numbers of Hong Kongers joining churches, especially St John Hartford.
  • Give thanks for a lively group of ministers who meet together every month to catch up and pray for each other.
  • Give thanks for a new building for Emmanuel Leftwich, and pray that it is a real asset for the ministry of the church.

·        All Hallows Cheadle – Fisherman’s Tale story trail just finished

·        Christ Church Woodford – Good Book group, John’s gospel, Mondays & Wednesdays

·        Christchurch Stockport – Matt on sabbatical until the autumn, Light party

·       Fords Lane, Bramhall – Baptism class running, New arrivals lunch Nov 19th

·       St Andrews Cheadle Hulme – Ageing congregation, Mens breakfast Sat 21, Galatians series (am), ‘Reading & Teaching the Bible’ (pm)

·       St Chads Handforth – English conversation classes

·       St Cuthberts Cheadle – Ian is new in post

·       St George’s Poynton – Men’s breakfasts planned to start

·       St John’s Knutsford – Confirmation & adult baptism Sunday 26th Nov

·       St John’s Lindow – New ministry trainee Alex Choi, Christianity Explored just started, Integration of HK families

·       St Luke’s Holmes Chapel – New Toddler group started

·       St Mary’s Cheadle – Alpha
course just started, Light Party, Murder Mystery Youth Halloween alternative

FOCUS ON MERSEY SIDE

    • ·   Central Church Warrington – Pray for the pastor Mark and his wife Sarah who are managing a growing church with few resources. Pray for unity as a church and for the church family to care well for each other.

      ·      Trinity Church Everton – make the most of 10th anniversary, pray for people who are coming regularly to gospel events to be converted

      ·      Orel Park Baptist – As the team settles in from Cornerstone, pray for unity and for new people to be converted.

      ·      Ebenezer Chapel – Recently appointed a womens worker, a completely new role, pray she settles in quickly

      ·       Aigburth Community Church – pray for wisdom and the right applicant as the seek to appoint a new pastor

      ·      Bridge Chapel – pray for plans to train up more leaders

      ·      Speke Baptist – pray for them to keep on striving together for the gospel

      ·       Village Church Formby- pray for a bigger building, they have more kids coming now and things are a bit of a squeeze. Pray for an ideal
      location/building to rent and the money needed.

      ·      St Philemons – For wisdom to navigate the church through LLF and make plans for the future

      ·      Christ Church LIverpool – Pray for wisdom and Gods provision as they seek a mid week base due to the sale of 2 Blackburne Place

      ·      Bank Hall Mission – as they consider appointing staff

We have also created a feed on the app PrayerMate. This will share the prayer requests of partnership churches to your smartphone.

Go to your local app store and search PrayerMate. When you open the app, follow the instructions below:

If you would like to add your prayer request to this Prayer Wall, please contact Sara and she will send you instructions.