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Healing Prayer Fellowship has moved online. The members of the team circulate prayer request by email to each other and then at 9.30am on Wednesday morning the team pray from their own homes for everyone who has contacted them during the week.
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Deanery prayer during coronavirus
In this time of anxiety and uncertainty,
may your love be known more widely than any illness;
and may we remember that
your compassion is deeper than our distress,
your hope is brighter than the darkness that is upon us,
and may our loved ones, our neighbours,
and all those who worship in churches across our deanery
be bound together with your bonds of love and faithfulness,
that, together, we may rejoice in your gifts and graces.
In Jesus Christ we pray.
Prayers about the outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
For those who are ill
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From one who is ill or isolated
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Diocesan Prayer Diary
Saturday 4th July.
St Thomas, Brompton; All Saints, Deighton; St Leonard, Welbury; St Lawrence, East Rounton; St
Oswald, West Rounton
Clergy: The Revd Jonathan Cooper.
Please pray for us as we continue to worship online and to play our part in our village communities.
Diocese of Awerial (South Sudan). Bishop David Akau Kuol Mayom.
Sunday 5th July. 4th Sunday after Trinity
St Peter, Osmotherley; St Oswald, East Harlsey; All Saints, Ingleby Arncliffe
Clergy: The Revd Dianne Gamble, The Revd Bill Dewing; Churchwardens: Eileen Bellet, Dave Owst, Peter Gardner, Barbara Poole.
We give thanks for our village communities and how they have stepped in to provide support and encouragement to all their households. We pray for ongoing opportunities to witness God’s love in our communities. We give thanks for the input of the Generous Giving team and look forward to being able to implement our initiatives.
Pray for the united Church of Pakistan. Archbishop Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar and Moderator of the Church of Pakistan.
Monday 6th July.
Thomas More, scholar, and John Fisher, bishop, martyrs, 1535
St Michael, Cowesby; St Felix, Felixkirk; Holy Trinity, Boltby; St Wilfrid, Kirkby Knowle; St Mary, Leake; All Saints, Nether Silton; St Mary, Over Silton; Kepwick Memorial Chapel; Knayton CE VC Primary
Clergy: The Revd Dianne Gamble, The Revd Bill Dewing; Churchwardens: Dorothy Fairburn, Alan Parsons, Paul Cooper, Jean West, Isabelle Dalton, John Furness, David Smethurst, Tom Selmes, Christine Challis, John Inch.
We pray for God’s wisdom in discerning what our worship will look like as we are able to gather in our church buildings again, and that no-one is excluded from worship. We give thanks for our village communities and how they have stepped in to provide support and encouragement to all their households. We pray for ongoing opportunities to witness God’s love in our communities.
Diocese of Awgu-Aninri (Nigeria). Bishop Emmaunuel Ugwu.
Tuesday 7th July.
St Oswald, Sowerby; St Cuthbert, Sessay; All Saints, Thirkleby; St Mary, Bagby; St Mary, Kilburn; Sessay
CE Primary School
Clergy: Vacant; Assistant Curate: The Revd Pauline Percy; Retired Clergy: The Revd Roger Wilde, The Revd Sandra Howells; Readers: David Brooke, Dianna Wilde.
Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek a new vicar. We pray for strength and courage for the churchwardens and all who are taking on extra responsibilities at this time, especially with pastoral care in the
parishes, and for our incredible CandY team, who continue to reach out to families. We give thanks for the strengthening of communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and pray that God’s Holy Spirit may work through
us all to make God known to those around us.
Diocese of Awka (Nigeria). Bishop Alexander Ibezim.
Wednesday 8th July.
Baldersby Mission Room; St James, Baldersby; Rainton Mission Room; St John the Evangelist, Dalton; St John, Skipton on Swale; St Columba, Topcliffe; Baldersby St James’, Dishforth, and Topcliffe CE
Clergy: Vacant; Reader: Richard Byas; Churchwardens: Liz Marsh, Linda Carver, Terry Thorpe.
Please pray for everyone in our churches during the vacancy, that we would continue to demonstrate the love of God to our communities and to be salt and light in the world.
Diocese of Awori (Nigeria). Bishop J Akin Atere.
Thursday 9th July.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell begins his ministry as the 98th Archbishop of York today during a virtual Confirmation of Election service
Generous God, we give you thanks: you have heard our prayer, guided your people and raised up Stephen to serve as the next Archbishop of York. By your Holy Spirit, grant to him good counsel, holy insight and joy in the gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please do keep Stephen, his wife Rebecca and the family in your prayers.
Diocese of Badagry (Nigeria). Bishop Revd Joseph Adeyemi.
Friday 10th July.
St Lawrence, Carlton Miniott; St Leonard, Sandhutton; St Mary, Thirsk; St Wilfrid, South Kilvingon; South Kilvington CE Primary
Clergy: The Revd Derek Simpson; Multiply Minister: The Revd Mary Rolls.
Please pray for all those with whom we have contact, that they would encounter the love of Christ and be drawn to relationship with him.
Diocese of Bangor (Wales). Bishop Andrew John.
Saturday 11th July.
Benedict, abbot, c. 550
St Lawrence, Kirby Sigston; All Saints, Northallerton; St James, Romanby
Clergy: The Revd Fiona Mayer-Jones; 20s-40s Minister: The Revd David Johnson; Children and Families Minister: Donneta Thomas; Readers: Bobby Cooper, Malcolm Mace, Pauline Goodrum, Peter Carrotte; Retired Clergy: The Right Revd Gordon Bates, The Revd Lesley Ashton, The Revd Ruth Wigram, The Revd William Thackray, The Revd Tim Berry, The Revd Canon Steven Harvey; Churchwardens: Peter Andrew, Steven Hogg, Brian Harris, Ray Thompson; RPAs: Carol Hainsworth, Jill Walley, Peter Harbord, Julia Staves, Steven Hogg.
We give thanks for the way that people ‘looked out’ for each other as neighbours and friends during lockdown, and pray for local church and community groups supporting the vulnerable, especially The Living Rooms, a Churches Together initiative based in Northallerton.
Diocese of Banks and Torres (Melanesia). Bishop Alfred Patterson Worek.
Sunday 12th July. 5th Sunday after Trinity
St Andrew, South Otterington; St Michael and All Angels, North Otterington; St Leonard, Thornton Le Street; South Otterington CE Primary
Clergy: The Revd Robert Williamson.
Please pray for our churches and South Otterington CE Primary School as we seek to shine like stars, sharing the light and love of Jesus.
Pray for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. Archbishop Allan MigiArchbishop of Papua New Guinea.
Monday 13th July.
Dean: The Right Revd Jonathan Frost; Chancellor: Christopher Collingwood; Pastor: Michael Smith; Missioner:
Maggie McLean; Precentor: Victoria Johnson; Succentor: Catriona Cumming; Curate: Abi Davison; Chapter Steward: Kathryn Blacker.
Please pray for the ministry and mission of York Minster as the Metropolitical Cathedral Church for the North and for Archbishop Stephen as he begins his ministry. We give thanks for our life as a community of communities and the commitment and dedication of our staff, volunteers and congregation. We ask for your prayers as we discern the future to which God is directing us and pray that we are given wisdom, courage, love and humility as we live into our calling as a place of prayer, hospitality, stewardship and service.
Diocese of Kajo-Keji (South Sudan). Bishop Emmanuel Murye Modi.
Tuesday 14th July.
John Keble, priest, poet, 1866
Area Dean: The Revd Canon Chris Wilton; Lay Dean: Janys Cliff.
Please pray for all our clergy, readers and churchwardens as we find new ways to bring the Good News to our communities. Pray especially for the parish of Cawood, Ryther and Wistow and the parish of Ledsham with
Fairburn as we discern their future. Pray also for the work of Selby Foodbank.
Diocese of Barbados (West Indies). Michael Maxwell.
Wednesday 15th July.
Swithun, bishop, c. 862. Bonaventure, friar, bishop, teacher of the faith, 1274
St Ricarius, Aberford; St James, Lotherton; St Mary, Micklefield; All Saints, Saxton; Holy Trinity, Barkston Ash; All Saints, Sherburn in Elmet; Aberford, Micklefield, and Saxton CE Primary Schools
Clergy: The Revd Canon Chris Wilton; Retired Clergy: Fr Nick Plant; Deacon: The Revd Wendy Plant; Readers: Norman Sutcliffe, John Taylor.
We give thanks for the ministry of Fr Nick Plant, The Revd Wendy Plant, our readers and all our churchwardens for their continuing ministry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please pray for the head teachers, teachers, staff and
pupils of the CE Primary Schools and Barkston Ash RC Primary School in the difficult days that lie ahead. Pray also for the family of Fr Chris Edwards, who died recently. And finally, we ask for your prayers for Phil Grayson as he joins us and prepares for ordination as a deacon.
Diocese of Bari (Nigeria). Bishop Idris Zubairu.
Thursday 16th July.
Osmund, bishop, 1099
St Mary and St Germain (Selby Abbey); Selby Abbey CE Primary
Clergy: The Revd Canon John Weetman, The Revd Dr Jake Belder, The Revd Dr Julie Watson, The Revd Neil Woodhall; Retired Clergy: The Revd Paul Finlinson; Reader in Training: Karen Banks; Churchwardens: Elaine Exley, Sue Tagert; Head Teacher: Mrs Jo Jennings. As and when we re-open the Abbey to welcome people from the congregation and the wider community every day, please pray for those who come, for the staff and volunteers who will be there for them, and for those who may be unable to return for some time yet; and for our ongoing Welcome, Worship and Witness.
Diocese of Barisal (Bangladesh). Bishop Shourabh Pholia.
Friday 17th July.
St Mary, Carlton; St Peter and St Paul, Drax
Clergy: The Revd Anna Burr; Pioneer Curate: The Revd Becky Allright; Retired Clergy: The Revd George Greenhough, The Revd Cyril Roberts; Reader: Professor Alister Burr; Churchwarden: Sue Watson.
Revd Becky has been heavily involved in creating a Carlton and Villages Network to help the most vulnerable in the community after severe flooding then Covid-19. Please pray for her and the teams—that help will reach those in need and that she can share the good news of the Gospel. We are maintaining links to our church communities with regular newsletters and services available both on DVD and online. Please pray that our congregations will feel supported. Please pray also for the schools with whom we work – Carlton and Camblesforth, and increasingly
The Read School (Drax)- and for continuing and fruitful relationships there.
Diocese of Bath and Wells (England). Bishop Peter Hancock.
Saturday 18th July.
Elizabeth Ferard, deaconess, founder of the Community of St Andrew, 1883
St Wilfrid, Brayton; St Francis of Assisi, Thorpe Willoughby; Brayton, and Barlow CE Primary Schools
Clergy: The Revd Pete Watson, The Revd Christine Gillespie (Methodist Minister), The Revd Rob Suekarran (20s40s Multiply Minister); Assistant Curate: The Revd Hannah Suekarran; Retired Clergy: The Revd Rodger Place,
The Revd Roy Shaw, The Revd Paul Finlinson; Reader: Jackie Jackman; Churchwarden: Claire Nutt; Church Coordinator: Shirley Croft.
Please give thanks and pray for our four primary schools as they respond to the great challenges Covid-19 has brought about and pray for peace, wisdom and hope for our congregations and the wider parish as they face
enormous uncertainties and changes. Pray for the blessing of, and through, the ministry of the 30+ strong Parish Volunteer Support Team, as they come alongside more than 80 older and other vulnerable folks, and thanksgiving
for the on and offline worship and fellowship opportunities for all ages we have been able to put in place.
Diocese of Bathurst (Australia). Bishop Mark Calder.
Sunday 19th July. 6th Sunday after Trinity
St James the Apostle, Selby
Clergy: The Revd Jason Reid; Associate Minister: The Revd Diane Reid; Edge Community Leader: Captain Richard Cooke CA; Pioneer Evangelist: Amy Hayes; Reader: Mark Foster; Retired Clergy: The Revd Jill Cheverton, The
Revd Derek Hadfield, The Revd Simon Hunt; Churchwarden: Calvin Russell; PTO Readers: Margaret Hunt, David Keel.
Please pray for the growth of Edge Community as they serve God’s mission to the Flaxley Road estate, the expansion of St James’ kids’ work – Kaboom! – for primary children, and The Office Gang for secondary youngsters. Pray for the teams leading these ministries, that they may be encouraged and inspired, and that more children will come and discover the gospel through these ministries.
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Archbishop Joel Atiwag Pachao, Prime Bishop of the Philippines.
Monday 20th July.
Margaret of Antioch, martyr, 4th cent. Bartolome de las Casas, Apostle to
the Indies, 1566
St James, Fairburn; All Saints, Ledsham; Lady Elizabeth Hastings CE Primary
Clergy: Vacant; Churchwardens: Julie Fenwick, Audrey Taylor.
The Parish of Ledsham with Fairburn is in vacancy and has no licensed ministers. With our three places of worship closed at the moment, please pray for other ways to connect with one another and with God. Please pray
for the appointment of a permanent head teacher at our church school. May God’s peace be with you at this difficult time. Please visit www.ledshamwithfairburn.org for parish news and resources, including Bishop John’s latest video. The parish Facebook group can be found at ‘Parish of Ledsham with Fairburn,’ and weekly homemade videos are being posted. Jesus said, ‘See! I make all things new.’ Rev. 21.5
Diocese of Bauchi (Nigeria). Bishop Musa Tula.
Tuesday 21st July.
St Mary, Birkin; St John the Baptist, Haddlesey; St John the Baptist, Temple Hirst; St Mary, Hambleton; Chapel Haddlesey, and Hambleton CE Primary Schools (part of a Federation with Barlow CE and Burton Salmon CP Schools)
Clergy: The Revd Anna Burr; Readers: Janys Cliff, Alister Burr; Churchwardens: David Ingall, Philip Brunyard, Debbie Penny, Christine Harvey.
Give thanks for all those making our online presence possible during the current crisis. We are delighted that so many are joining us for worship, including people from outside our benefices. We have a number of people
meeting for a Zoom prayer meeting every week and others who enjoy a weekly reflection via WhatsApp, and produce DVDs to those with no internet. Pray for wisdom as we begin to contemplate how church will develop as the lockdown lifts. We thank God for the dedication of community members who have worked so hard to protect
the vulnerable in our villages. Please pray for our school leaders, staff, pupils and their families, especially those uncertain about a return to school, thanking God for the faithful work of all staff who have maintained care for the children of key workers and those in greatest need of support, all through this crisis.
Diocese of Belize (West Indies). Bishop Philip Wright.
Wednesday 22nd July.
St Wilfrid of Ripon, Monk Fryston; St Mary, South Milford; Including the villages of Burton Salmon, Hillam and Lumby; Monk Fryston, and Saxton CE Primary Schools: Head Teacher, Rick Weights
Clergy: The Revd Peter Roberts; Readers: Margaret Barr, Alex Crickmar; Churchwardens: Paddy Twidale, Stuart Wroe, Arthur Mone, Jane Wright.
Please pray as we try to continue to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of the benefice in this time of pandemic, especially as we endeavour to be creative with digital communication. Pray for our schools – Burton Salmon,
Monk Fryston, Saxton and South Milford – and their head teachers, pupils and staff. Remember those who are preparing to start school in this difficult time and those preparing to move on to new schools. Please pray for our
farmers and agricultural workers. Pray also for our young people as they enter the job market or continue their education. Please pray for our work with young families as we try to include them in our worshipping life.
Diocese of Bendigo (Australia). Bishop Matt Brain.
Thursday 23rd July.
Bridget, abbess, 1373
All Saints, Cawood; All Saints Ryther; All Saints, Wistow; Cawood, and Wistow CE Primary Schools
Clergy: Vacant; Retired Clergy: The Revd Roy Shaw, The Revd Francis Loftus, The Revd Rodger Place, The Revd George Greenhough; Churchwardens; Susan Culkin, Dorothea Howland, John Dennis, Jean Huby (also RPA).
We give heartfelt thanks for togetherness across our benefice, with our village schools and for sharing worship with our Methodist friends. We pray for the Spirit’s guidance in the new appointment of a new priest, for
faithful stewardship of our resources and for sharing the love of God in our communities.
Diocese of Benin (Nigeria). Bishop Peter Imasuen, Diocesan Bishop.
Friday 24th July.
Holy Rood House
The Revd Elizabeth Baxter.
Holy Rood House, Thirsk, thanks you for prayers for our counsellors and chaplains; additional therapists responding to spiralling mental health needs; The Centre for the Study of Theology and Health’s 20th Anniversary’s response to global trauma; and our appeal to purchase Holy Rood House and Gardens, planning towards sustainability for ministry ahead.
Diocese of Bethlehem (The Episcopal Church). Bishop Kevin Nichols.
Saturday 25th July.
James the Apostle
Archdeacon of Cleveland
The Venerable Amanda Bloor.
We give thanks for the varied ways ministry has continued across the archdeaconry through the lockdown.
Pray that we may continue to reflect on what we have learned from the experience and explore new ways of gathering Christian communities.
Diocese of Bhopal (North India). Bishop Manoj Charan.
Sunday 26th July. 7th Sunday after Trinity
Archbishop of York’s Evangelist to the North
The Revd Canon Roger Simpson.
Praise for the last mission to Middlesbrough, part of the Archbishop’s Come and See mission, for the more than 2500 people we spoke to over the four days. There were a number of professions of faith and an Alpha course
was established. Give thanks for Warren Furman, “the Gladiator”, who I work with, and for more opportunities to open up following the pandemic as a number of missions have had to be cancelled. Please pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now, as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Monday 27th July.
Brooke Foss Westcott, bishop, teacher of the faith, 1901
Retired Clergy in the Diocese
Please pray for all retired clergy, giving thanks for the ministry that they continue to provide. May they know how much the service they provide to their communities is appreciated. We also remember those who are no
longer in active ministry, giving thanks for all they have given to the Church in the past. We pray for clergy spouses, widows and widowers, especially those who feel lonely at this time. We give thanks for the support
received from family, church and local communities.
Diocese of Bida (Nigeria). Bishop Jonah Kolo.
Tuesday 28th July.
Air Training Corps Chaplains across the Diocese
The ATC, a voluntary organisation for girls and boys aged 12+ to 18, promotes a practical interest in aviation.
Please pray for clergy and authorised lay ministers involved and also those considering the challenge and opportunity of chaplaincy.
Diocese of Biharamulo (Tanzania). Bishop Yusuph Vithalis.
Wednesday 29th July.
Mary, Martha and Lazarus, companions of Our Lord
Queen Mary’s School, Baldersby
School Chaplain: The Revd Pauline Percy.
Prayer for courage and strength for Carole Cameron (Head), The Revd Pauline Percy (Chaplain), Governors and staff who are providing online lessons and care for the children of frontline workers. For God’s presence and hope for those who are furloughed. For those who would have been confirmed this year, those in Year 11 who are leaving without the usual thanksgiving and celebration. May they continue on their faith journeys, feel the inner peace that only God can give and know that Jesus came that ‘all may have life and have it in abundance’.
Diocese of Nyahururu (Kenya). Bishop Stephen Kabora.
Thursday 30th July.
William Wilberforce, social reformer, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson, anti-slavery campaigners, 1833, 1797 and 1846
Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
The Right Reverend Paul Williams.
We give thanks for those whom God is calling to serve and lead in our diocese; for The Revd Andrew Emerton, to be licensed as Bishop of Sherwood Designate on 1st July and consecrated in the autumn; for the 20 ordinands to be ordained deacon and priest at Michaelmas; and for God’s wisdom and discernment in the appointment of an Archdeacon of Newark.
Diocese of Blackburn (England). Bishop Julian Tudor Henderson.
Friday 31st July.
Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556
Dean: The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan.
We give thanks for the blessing of online worship; a growing virtual Contemplative Prayer group (now with 60-70 joining); and a strong ‘pastoral care by phone’ network. Please pray for grace and wisdom to reshape
the cathedral’s mission post lockdown and the appointment of a new canon.
Diocese of Boga (Congo). Bishop Mugenyi William Bahemuka.