Moderator | The Moderator’s Appeal for help towards the support of some PCI mission partners will provide much needed help in situations of desperate emergency. Please pray for the continuing safety of our mission partners as they carry out vital relief work in challenging circumstances.
Equipped in worship | Today as we worship, ask God to help us to be equipped for our daily lives in our meeting with him, strengthened and empowered for every situation we will encounter in the week ahead.
Monday 1 February
Peter & Valerie Lockwood (global mission workers in Nepal) | Pray for them as they work from N Ireland & await visa renewal. Pray for the United Mission to Nepal’s efforts to help people affected by the pandemic.
Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal| Pray for the ongoing witness of this small denomination (9 pastors, 7 churches, 250 members) at this time of lockdown. Pray for wisdom & creativity as each congregation seeks to bring hope & help amidst lockdown restrictions, remembering especially the church plant in Senhora da Hora.
Tuesday 2 February
Rev Colin Megaw (chaplain, Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre) | Despite chaplaincy visits being suspended during lockdown, pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to challenge many to commit their lives to Christ.
Corvalley congregation | Thank God for the faithfulness of the congregation to each other and to the Lord. Pray that they would be enabled by the Spirit to continue to worship together at home on the Lord’s Day. Pray too for the minister, Rev Colin Anderson and his family.
Wednesday 3 February
Stephen & Angelina Cowan (global mission workers in Kenya) | Give thanks for new personnel and opportunities to talk about the gospel. Give thanks for the good attendance at the Bible teaching and staff training seminars. Pray for all affected by the pandemic in Kenya and all efforts to suppress virus spread.
Latvia |Pray for our partners in Latvia, the Evangelical Reformed Church of Latvia and the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary. Pray for their work and witness through the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Thursday 4 February
Mark Annett (community outreach worker in First Rathfriland) | Thank God for the continued online youth worship service each Sunday evening and for the online vlog discussion show, which has proven to be a great opportunity to engage with the community. Pray that God will use the church to bring hope to many people.
Corraneary, Ervey & First Bailieborough |Pray forRev John O’Donnell, the kirk sessions and members of the congregations as they continue to serve the Lord and worship him during the pandemic.
Friday 5 February
Social Witness | Pray for our Older People Services Homes and Supported Living Unit, as the staff continue to arrange a restricted visiting programme and plan activities in these challenging days. Pray for Denise Keegan as she oversees this important work and deals with the daily challenges of her job.
Mental Health & Wellbeing | The Department of Health is consulting on a Mental Health Strategy for Northern Ireland. Pray for those who are struggling because of lockdown or other reasons that they would be able to access the right support, and for those in healthcare, counselling and other professions as they seek to provide appropriate help.
Saturday 6 February
General Council | The decision was recently made to move the 2021 meeting of the General Assembly to the first week in October. Pray for all involved in making the practical plans for this meeting and all the General Assembly Councils who will report to it.
Council for Training in Ministry | Ministry students at Union have been taught online this semester. This brings additional challenges for learning, especially for those who have children in home-schooling. Pray for staff and students as they teach and learn. Ask God to sustain them, and to equip students for future ministry.