Moderator |The Moderator’s diary for the autumn includes weekly church services, conferences, visits to other organisations and preparations for the General Assembly. Pray for David and Zoe as they begin to travel more extensively around Ireland, north and south.
Fanning the flame of congregational life: Being thankful | Ask God to make us thankful for how he has blessed us through the summer months, restoring our souls, renewing our enthusiasm, reviving us for what lies ahead.
Monday 30 August
Stephen and Angelina Cowan (global mission workers in Kenya) | Give thanks for the interest in change amongst village groups. Pray for all children who will transition to secondary school due to support through the programme here, that they will be influenced by the gospel which is clearly presented at youth events.
Romania | Pray for the work of PCI’s partner, the Christian Foundation Diakonia, based in Cluj, Transylvania and especially for the work and witness of the Home Care Team.
Tuesday 31 August
Sonya Anderson (deaconess in Shore Street, Donaghadee) |Pray for wisdom as the congregation makes plans for children’s ministry and for enough leaders to step forward to lead and help. Thank God that Shore Street has received leave to call a new minister. Pray that God will guide them in the next stage.
Donegal & Stranorlar |Give thanks that the congregations have been able to make use of opportunities to meet for worship and to gather outdoors. Pray for God’s leading as the congregation moves into the autumn.
Wednesday 1 September
James and Heather Cochrane (global mission workers, Portugal) | Pray for James and Heather, that their time in Northern Ireland would be a time to rest and reconnect with family, friends & supporters. Pray for CPV during their absence. Pray for Alana and Lucy, who will begin studying at Queen’s University in Belfast.
Zambia |Pray for the newly elected President, Hakainde Hichilema and for all of the new leaders in government; that they will lead and govern in ways that honour God and uphold Christian values. Give thanks that overall the elections were peaceful; continue to pray for calm in the coming days.
Thursday 2 September
Dan Rosbotham (Community Youth Worker in Ravenhill) | Give thanks for the relationships Dan has established with unchurched young people & for the outreach week that took place at the beginning of August. Pray for a successful launch to the Young Life Club in September and opportunities to engage with local secondary schools.
Kilkenny | Give thanks that Rev Jonathan Currie is to commence his ministry in Kilkenny on 4 Sept. Pray that he will settle well into the new area & get to know the congregation quickly in the midst of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Friday 3 September
Social Witness |Pray for Taking Care as they respond to the increasing demand for Access (NI) & GARDA checks and requests for training. Pray for the team as they deal with concerns within congregations and manage the issues within the CSW Homes / Units. Give thanks that Taking Care is well established within PCI.
Back to school | Pray that our children and young people would thrive and grow during this school year. Pray especially for those who are starting school for the first time or who have moved to a new school that any anxiety would dissipate and new friends would be made easily.
Saturday 4 September
General Council | As preparations are being made for the General Assembly in the first week of October, pray for the Moderator, Clerk, Deputy Clerk and the staff in the General Secretary’s Department who will seek to ensure that the practical arrangements are in place, and the business of the Assembly is managed well.
Training in Ministry | New licentiates, or assistant ministers, who finished college study last June, are due to start their licentiate training this week. This training is one Friday per month, helping licentiates learn more about ministry while they practice it themselves. Pray that the Lord would shape them as they serve in congregations, and continue their training.