St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You
We give thanks for all the love and friendship of the church family at St Mary’s - may we extend that love to others. We pray for the ongoing process of appointing our new vicar and give thanks for the time and efforts of all those involved, especially Andrea and Julia, our parish reps. We pray for all members of the new PCC which meets this week.
We give thanks for the help and advice we receive from deanery and diocese in our vacancy and for the clergy who lead our services - particularly Ruth Goatly, Richard Watson and Andrew Ferrar from St Saviour’s. As churches plan how to respond the easing of lockdown regulations, we pray for energy, courage, inspiration and vision for both churches and individual members of their congregations.
We pray for those with Coronavirus especially in India and other countries where health services are at breaking point and resources are limited. We give thanks that the G7 countries are meeting and pray that there may be many positive and practical outcomes to help all people and safeguard the future of our planet. We pray for all nations to come to a better understanding and acceptance of one another and for a lasting peace in Jerusalem and all places where there is conflict, war or political turmoil.
Ed Garvey, David Muskett, Charlotte Howarth, Julia Ward, Michael Fleming, Alan Creasey, Ivy Sherman, John and Beryl Steele, Tyler Lynch, Howard Hopkins, Harry Stevens, William (Bill) Edge, David Brooks and Isabel Turner
Jean Menniss, John Cousins, Ken Rankin, Darren, John Foster, Vittoria Rickard, Bryan, Beryl Kidman, Nicole Veness and Jean Barlow;
All who have died especially Pam Cordery and Fred Dupree and we remember those whose anniversary is at this time especially Jennifer Herman
The Church of England website has prayers and resources to help those who struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship with one another if they are not able to attend a service.
Click here for other ways to worship
Words to use with the names of those who die from Coronavirus without their loved ones:
|If I die someday|
Beyond the scope of your care,
Beyond the reach of your voice,
Beyond the touch of your hand,
I do not die alone:
My heart has stored the memory of your care,