‘Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”’ (Genesis 12:1-3)
Pray for our church here at SWBC as we seek to be a community of blessing – may God bless us and may we be a blessing to others. May God teach us how we might be salt and light in Saffron Walden and the surrounding area. May we learn to share God’s goodness with all around us – on our ‘frontlines’, in our communities and in our households and families.
Pray for our ongoing conversations about appointing a second minister to help to grow the outreach of God’s church in SW. Pray for the deacons and others involved in drawing up church and ministerial profiles, as we seek the right person to help us to take the ministry and mission opportunities that God is providing all around us.
Pray for all the churches of Saffron Walden and the surrounding area. Pray for our friends the Salvation Army, and for their café ‘The Well’, and their charity shop in town. May Captain Carol and her team continue to be a light and a support to people in need in our community. Pray for the Uttlesford Food Bank and for the Salvation Army’s key role in this ministry.
Pray for our local network of Baptist churches in Ashdon, Great Sampford, and Thaxted and for their ministers (Gavin, Sue, and Wayne), that we may deepen our relationships and find strategic ways of working together in God’s mission in our neighbourhoods. Pray for Great Sampford following their recent church meeting decision to sell the manse and invest the proceeds into converting the church hall into a manse, and the Chapel into a more flexible and useable facility for worship and community outreach. Pray for Thaxted as they seek to appoint a moderator to guide them through their pastoral vacancy. And for Gavin and our friends at Ashdon, particularly praying for Gavin’s studies at Spurgeon’s and his continuing development as a Minister in Training.
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying particularly for our forthcoming Sector Gathering at Bury St Edmunds on 12th July. Pray for the new BUGB President, Jenni Entrican, who will be preaching that day, and for her theme for the year – Daring Greatly.
Pray for our BMS World Mission workers Liz and Sergio (and daughter Chloe…) as they continue to serve God in Mozambique. As they enter their second full year in Africa pray that they may know God’s blessing and direction.
Pray for our Street Pastors as they seek to recruit new volunteers. Pray for good opportunities to interact with people on Friday evenings, particularly as the nights are lighter and (hopefully) warmer. Pray for our XL Mentoring project as the first set of mentor/mentee relationships progress. Pray for new mentors to be recruited for the second round of mentees, praying especially for the information and recruitment evening on 1st July at SWBC.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for Saffron Walden Methodist Church and
Chrishall Primary School.