World – We support Hannah Coggins through our monthly giving so please pray for her this week as she continues with her language lessons and learns French. Pray for good understanding and as she builds relationships with others in the class pray for opportunities for her to speak about her faith and the love God has for them. As she heads into the summer she will be beginning an intensive 3 weeks summer course to rapidly improve her spoken French so your prayers would be welcome. In July she will begin teaching the children in the school so again pray for good relationships to be built quickly and for her to settle quickly back into the teaching she loves.
UK – As we enter the last few weeks before the referendum pray that informed and intelligent debate will continue and that the voters of this country will come to an informed and correct decision about the future of how our country will relate to the rest of Europe. Thank God that after months of negotiation, strikes and bad blood between unions, doctors and the government a potential deal has now been worked out between the two sides. Pray now that as the unions recommend this new deal to junior doctors they will feel able to accept the deal and this dispute can be brought to an end. Continue to pray for our government with regards to their education policies and continue praying for pupils in our local secondary schools taking GCSE’s and A-Levels. After significant changes in all these tests pray for children to do the best they can on the day and for them to remain calm and stress free.
Church and Community – After our deanery has agreed to plans to move forward in partnership continue to pray for local plans in our deanery and with ecumenical colleagues to work closer together and for God to guide us as a church as to how we should go about this task. Pray for Dave and Verity and the boys as they take a week away and for rest and relaxation and time to spend together as a family. Pray for those who attend the friendship group as they come together this week. Thank God that this group has become such a great place of support and fun for those who have lost loved ones. Pray for new people who join the group that they will find a place of welcome, love and care as they go through the grieving process.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time particularly Paula, June and Derek Craig, Shaun, Rita Spencer, Sylvia L, Will’s Mum and Dad, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.