Monday, 18 December 2017

NBA Prayers for Christmas - 24/25 December

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) 

We give thanks and praise God for the wonder of Christ born amongst us and for all that it means for us.

 Give Thanks for
·         the many opportunities to praise God and give thanks for the birth of Jesus
·         all the ways the story of Jesus is portrayed and told and for the occasion to share this news with those outside of the church
·         the good news of forgiveness, hope, peace and new life
·         the blessings of this past year – recall what God has done in your life and the life of your church

Pray for
·         those who will find this Christmas time difficult in any way
·         that people would receive the good news of Jesus and His transforming power
·         Linda Donaldson as she takes up the role of Northern Baptist College Hub Tutor at Cranmer Hall
·         Elisabeth Jordan, Ian Fulcher and Paul Merton who retire from their current ministries yet remain open to God's calling in new ways.
the Re-Imagine programme which begins in January, that those churches engaged may find it a time of transformation and enriching in life and mission
·         2018 to be a year of peace and blessing for all

Prayers provided by Rev Dr John Claydon (Regional Minister, Team Leader) (and FB and Twitter)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

NBA Prayers for 17th December - Whitley Bay BC

2018 Refurbishment
It is hoped that the year 2018 will see a major refurbishment of the worship area and a new heating system for the whole ground floor of our premises.  We expect the total spend to be around £270,000 of which £20,000 will be a donation to BMS World Mission to help with church building in another part of the world.  In connection with this we would be grateful for prayer in the following areas:
·         as we move from a plan to detailed specifications under the leadership of our appointed professional Project Manager, pray for continued unity within the Church family and for the work of our Refurbishment Team;
·         most of the finance has already been pledged from within the fellowship but there is still an amount of money to be raised through grant applications and other funding; pray for God's providence to continue in relation to this project;
·         once the work starts in late summer, it is expected that we will need to be out of the premises for up to three months; please pray for our Ways & Means Group as it is busy seeking alternative accommodation for our various activities.

In September the Church membership undertook the completion of a questionnaire concerning church life. We are now at the stage of sifting through the responses and discerning what God is saying to us in relation to our life as a missional community exploring new ways of reaching out, as we seek to 'reboot' our small groups and pastoral care systems and enrich our worship life. Pray for positive outcomes.

Open the Book
Please pray for our contacts with schools through the Bible Society's "Open the Book" scheme, which allows us to present Bible stories in assemblies at four local first schools and which has recently seen 240 children in the Church for a presentation of "Christmas Castaways" by the 4Front Theatre Company.

Take 5 and Chat
"Take 5 & Chat" provides a fortnightly cafĂ©-style drop-in for parents of children with additional needs.  Although not overtly evangelistic, conversations frequently become spiritually focussed. Pray for wisdom and discernment in this work.

The Light
Pray for "The Light" a group that provides a monthly opportunity for worship to adults with learning disabilities.

Senior Pastor: Rev Paul R Newman (and FB and Twitter)

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

NBA Prayers for 10th December - Thornaby BC

We give thanks to God for His unfailing love and faithfulness to us.We have many people who are unwell and unable to attend Church. Please pray for return to health and blessings on families and helpers who work to help.
We would ask prayer for the church to grow with families and younger people.
We give thanks for the Food Bank and all those who come to it. For all those who contribute food and fulfil the needs of the less fortunate.
We give thanks for all the volunteers who give their time week after week.
Please pray for our finance circumstances. We believe God will supply all our needs and prayers will sustain us until His timing comes to fruition.
We give thanks for those who preach and for the leaders of our services.
May we be encouraged and comforted through God's grace and love.
In Jesus' precious Name,