Prayer Topics for the week commencing 10th May 2020

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

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.

This is Christian Aid week.

Christian Aid’s global response

Christian Aid and our partners already have experience of limiting the spread of infection during the Ebola crisis, and we will build on this experience to continue to stand together with communities living in poverty during this period. If infection rates start to develop as they are in Europe, then people in poorer countries will be hit even harder. Many are already living with reduced health resilience because of extreme poverty, or in overcrowded humanitarian camps and in countries which do not have the healthcare infrastructures needed to combat widespread disease. We will be working on the ground to help prepare communities to limit the impact of Covid-19. Please pray for us in this vital work, and support us where you can by making an online donation.

We are praying for all those affected by this new virus, both in Britain and overseas, for all those working on the frontline and for wisdom for our leaders. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. During this challenging time, we all need to take seriously the science and advice being offered, remaining calm but vigilant. If you have any specific concerns or questions please email us at or call our helpline on 020 7620 4444.

Risen Christ, 
your wounds declare your love for the world 
and the wonder of your risen life: 
give us compassion and courage 
to risk ourselves for those we serve, 
to the glory of God the Father.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 10th
Fifth Sunday of Easter

– Hospital Chaplains: Revd Peter Webb and Revd Remi Omole (Sunderland), vacant (Sherburn), Revd Gareth Rowlands and Revd Joan Robinson (Gateshead), vacant (North Tees and Hartlepool), Revd Jon Goode, Revd Simon Mason (Tyne and Wear), Canon Caroline Worsfold and Revd Pat Bealing (South Tyneside), Canon Colin Jay, Revd Boyle Omobude, Revd Debbie Baker (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys), Revd Kevin Tromans (Durham and Darlington)
Monday 11th
– Heworth St Mary, Vicar: Rev Kate Jamie, Readers: Mrs Lesley Wood, Mrs Christine Richardson, APA: Mrs Jenn Warden
– Diocesan links; Nordkirche – Germany & Alba Iulia – Romania
– The work of aid agencies and the relief they bring, particularly when news concentrates on what is happening here and we easily overlook the developing world.
Tuesday 12th
Gregory Dix, Priest, Monk, Scholar, 1952
– Leam Lane St Andrew, Vacant .
– Bishop Glyn Webster, Fr Paul Kennedy, members of the Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda.
– The armed forces and the support they give to the NHS and on other duties
Wednesday 13th
– Our Bishops – Paul, Sarah, John, Glyn, & David
– The Mother’s Union: President Kathleen Wilson, Chaplain Revd Canon Val Shedden
– Local emergency services; The Fire Brigade
– The effect of COVID-19 in places where there has been warfare
Thursday 14th
Matthias the Apostle

– Bensham and Teams, St Chad, Vacant, Associate Minister: Rev Yvonne Greener, Curate: Rev Alexander Crawford
– Parish of Bensham & Teams, St Chad’s Church, as the parish goes into vacancy, and for Revd Meg Gilley as she adjusts to retirement.
– St Chad’s Community Project, in its 30th year, currently concentrating on providing food parcels to those in need.
– St Aidan’s Primary School, HT Lesley Steele
– Closed Churches Uses Panel
Friday 15th
– Eighton Banks St Thomas, Vacant, SSM Curate: Rev Norma Clee, Reader: Miss Phyllis Maxwell, APA; Mrs Ann Partington
– Durham Diocesan Officers — Diocesan Secretary: Edward Gorringe and all who usually work in Cuthbert House
– Those who support families with vulnerable adults & children
Saturday 16th
Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
– Felling Christ Church, PiC: Rev Thomas Worsley, Reader: Mrs Mavis Worsley, Reader in Training: William Pine
– Diocesan Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling: Tony Wright
– Those working with people where there is domestic violence in lockdown

From Jarrow Deanery

South Westoe St Michael and All Angels BeneficeFrom June: Father Mark Mawhinney CW: Michael Baxter CW: Mary ThompsonGiving thanks for retired priests who have covered our services during the long vacancy, and for Father Mark Mawhinney as he prepares to join us from 30th May.Deanery Synod: (Deanery Secretary, Deanery Treasurer, Clergy & Lay Members) For the Deanery churches working together, particularly in ministry with young people, and for the implementation of the Deanery Plan

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Marsden Grove
Buckingham Close

Chancellor of the Exchequer
Pray for the economy and financial world

Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday 10th May
Pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya
Jackson Ole Sapit – Primate and Archbishop of All Kenya

Monday 11th
Muranga South (Kenya) Julius Karanu Wa Gicheru
Zaki-Biam (Nigeria) Jezreel Vandeh
Ikwerre (Nigeria) Blessing Enyindah

Tuesday 12th
Muyinga (Burundi) Paisible Ndacayisaba
Zanzibar (Tanzania) Michael Hafidh
Ikwo (Nigeria) Kenneth Ifemene

Wednesday 13th
Zaria (Nigeria) Abiodun Ogunyemi Saliu Bello

Thursday 14th
 (Myanmar) John Zau Li
Zonkwa (Nigeria) Jacob Kwashi
Zululand (Southern Africa) Vacant

Friday 15th
 (North India) Paul Dupare
Aba (Nigeria) Vacant

Saturday 16th
 (Kenya) Joel Waweru Mwangi
Aba Ngwa North (Nigeria) Nathan Kanu
Ikwuano (Nigeria) Chigozirim Onyegbule

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf.