Pray for our parish every day 

Each month we produce a prayer diary for the parish, covering some of the many aspects of our common life together. Please join with us in praying for Bromsgrove and for all seeking to bring Christ's light and love to our communities. Thank you.

Bromsgrove Parish Prayer Diary for April

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46.
Friday 1st April Local Hospitals
For the sacrifice and work undertaken by Nursing staff, paramedics, porters, cleaners, catering staff.  Keep them safe and make sure they have all the protective equipment they need and give thanks that they are working to keep us all safe.  Now that the number of Covid related patients is decreasing we pray that you will be with them as they cope with the high number of procedures that have built up.
Saturday 2nd April – Café Church St. Godwalds
Please pray for this valuable outreach initiative which takes place on the first Saturday of every month
Sunday 3rd April – – Refugees
Lord, we pray at this particularly stressful time for all of those forced to leave their homes and places of safety to travel to lands that are alien with totally different cultures.  We are thinking especially of people forced to leave Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Yemen among others
Monday 4th April – Clergy
Pray for our clergy as they meet to discuss the problems and opportunities that exist within our parish
Tuesday 5th April All Saints
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.  We also pray for the decisions to be taken at the evenings DCC
Wednesday 6th April – Parish finance group
We pray for this group of people who are meeting this evening to try to find ways and means of meeting the Parish’s financial commitments
Thursday 7th April - Parish Administrators
We give thanks for the appointment of Lauren Jones and Irene Caswell-Berwick as our Parish Administrators and pray that they will feel welcomed and valued during their time with us
Friday 8th April – Bromsgrove
We pray for a sense of peace and community within all areas of this town that we all love so much and have pride in.
Saturday 9th April– Church Wardens
Please remember our Church Wardens as they give their time willingly and unselfishly and sometimes do not always get the gratitude their service deserves.
Sunday 10th April – Palm Sunday
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Monday 11th April - Food banks
An increasing number of people have come to rely on these establishments as we have had to come to terms with the period of austerity that the country has had to live through.  Please ensure these priceless community assets continue to receive the support that is vital to the work they do.  We also give thanks for those who have been moved by the plight of people struggling and have contributed financially or by providing items of food.
Tuesday 12th April – Catshill Connect
Please pray for this new undertaking which will take place 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month designed to provide a cup of tea, cake and a chat to those of us who do not see and socialise with as many people as they would like
Wednesday 13th April – Pharmacies/Doctor’s surgeries
We thank you, Lord, for all the people working on the front line in pharmacies and surgeries.   We pray for their safety as they serve others and for their anxious families at home.  We pray that the people who visit these places seeking help will be responsible and avoid putting these dedicated people at risk.  May their religious faith sustain and inspire them?
Thursday 14th April  – Dodford
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.
Friday 15th April – Good Friday
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whosoever believes him shall not perish but have everlasting life
Saturday 16th April– Care Homes
There are a few care homes throughout the parish for which we would ask you that you wrap your arms around.  Enable the carers in those places to have sufficient protection to be able to provide the level of care that is needed to ensure the residents maintain a level of physical and emotional wellbeing. We give thanks that people living in these homes are now allowed to see one of their loved ones.
Sunday 17th April – Easter Sunday
He is risen, he is risen indeed. Alleluia
Monday 18th April– Farmers
We give thanks for those who continue to work tirelessly to produce food that makes its way onto our supermarket shelves.  Once again this is a group of people who we have tended to take for granted because somehow the food we eat continues to arrive on our table.  Once we are through this time of struggle lets ensure that we place buying from our own farmers ours, and this country’s priority.  Please ensure that there are sufficient hands to pick all the produce that needs to be harvested.
Tuesday 19th April – Finances
Over the coming indefinite period money will continue to be an issue. On a personal level jobs will be lost. incomes will be lost or at best reduced.  Churches and the Diocese of Worcester will not be immune to this, and we pray that severe hardship in all areas can be avoided.
Wednesday 20th April– Allergy Awareness
This week sees the recognition of the number of allergies that beset people and we pray for a safe navigation of the pitfalls that can befall them.
Thursday 21st April – High Street shops bars restaurants and cafes
For so long we have taken for granted our ability to shop, eat and drink where we like at almost any time we want.  These establishments have faced unprecedented strains on their ability to survive this storm.  Perhaps we can take this time to appreciate what we have, cherish it, and invest our money in these businesses to help in their recovery.  We give thanks for a loosening of the restrictions around these businesses, and we pray for their survival and growth
Friday 22nd April –- Baptisms
As with weddings rules covering baptisms have now relaxed and we pray for all families who are preparing for baptisms in the coming weeks
Saturday 23rd April - Christ Church Catshill
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.
Sunday 24th April – Those who keep our community functioning.
We ask God to bless all those who must work at this time for the good of the whole community.  Especially we remember those who deliver milk or post and those who collect our rubbish and our recycling materials.   We remember the lorry drivers and van drivers who keep our supermarkets and homes stocked with essential goods. May they realise how we value their work. Thank you for those who have continued to work to stock supermarket shelves, serve on deli counters, work on the tills, and generally help around the stores.  Without their selfless attitude and commitment to turning up to work in conditions that see them exposed to the Corona Virus to a greater degree than any of us, except for the NHS, we would not have the ability to feed ourselves and our families.
Monday 25th April – Listening Service Monitoring Group
We pray for the valuable work that is being done with the teenagers of the Parish.
Tuesday 26th April  -  Retired clergy
We give thanks and ask your prayers for this group of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish
Wednesday 27th April – ALM’s
We give thanks and ask your prayers for this group of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish
Thursday 28th April – St Godwald’s
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.. 
Friday 29th April- Those living alone.
Lord we think today and pray for those people who have had to self-isolate and who hunger for the touch of a hand or to see a friendly face in their homes.  We pray that there will be people who will give some solace by making a phone call or some form of social media to let them know they have not been forgotten.  Thank you for the kind generous souls who have volunteered to shop for essential food items.  We give thanks for the loosening of restrictions which mean that more people can receive the reassurance that only a hug from a loved one can give
Saturday 30th April – St John’s and St Andrew’s
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.


David Ford, 25/04/2020