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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 Dear Leaders & Prayer Leaders As I write this the sun is shining outside and at last life is bursting forth in the hedgerows and gardens. We recently walked through the Wigg Island Community Park in Runcorn, and everywhere trees were wreathed in the refreshing spring green of new growth and the silver birches were resplendent in their blossoms. Two pairs of swans have built their nests on the ponds of the park and their efforts are matched by all the other waterfowl and landbirds. To me it was a picture of what is going on in the church in our region. At the same time as celebrating the past (two churches and one prayer movement celebrating anniversaries about now) new life is happening. Churches in one area are coming together in a new way to plan a united mission to the area for next year, and are intending as well to be part of the region wide month of mission in October this year. They are already in the process of hiring coaches for the Saints in the Stadium event (See below; I think that qualifies as a broad hint to the rest of us). That’s just one of the many things that are developing. Prayer is moving up the agenda as well, stemming in part from the fantastic way we have prayed together and for each other in the Continuous Prayer of the last for years. The great support that our churches gave to the Wembley prayer day last year (the Mersey Region provided the largest contingent at that event of any other city-region except London), has resulted in the Global Day of Prayer team pledging support for the Mersey Region prayer event on 12 th October at the St Helens Rugby League stadium: called “Saints in the Stadium” and it will be supported by other towns and cities on that day. But going back to the Community Park: imagine our shock when we came to the middle of this nature reserve, only to find a great swathe of devastation carved through it from side to side. It is preparation for the second Mersey Crossing, the building of which starts next year. The development is necessary, but the disturbance is distinctly uncomfortable! It reminded me that in order to reach every man, woman and child in our region with the good news about Jesus we are going to have to make changes in how we do things, try new ventures & adventures and it may well be uncomfortable and even disturbing. We don’t want the new
Saints in the Stadium – Regional Prayer Event Thank you for praying for the launch evening for this massive prayer event planned for October. Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme Praise God that the government have published guidance on the new gift aid small donations scheme (which allows churches to claim up to £1250 annually). give thanks that we have the freedom to vote for those who will represent us in local Government. Over 210 church and prayer network leaders from across the North of England came to hear about this and pray for it. Operation hope and TFH) to publicise and support the event. . The conference was a great encouragement & shared stories of what God is doing amongst Iranians in the UK. Other Things Give thanks for Toolkit Training Day. A word of encouragement for the event was shared from The Archbishop of York. as He leads us. Local Elections Although many of us haven’t been voting today (May 2nd) in the local elections. Praise God for the way He has given vision and drawn people together for this time. Let’s uphold one another in prayer to keep fully focussed on God’s will for us and our churches in this highly significant year.g. THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE It’s good to praise God for answers to prayer from last month’s prayers. Operation Hope in Parr St Helens. More to pray about below. Dr John Sentamu. to put aside those things that hinder our total mobilisation to the calling of God (Matt 28v19-20). Farsi Conference/ELAM Day conference Give thanks for the amazing day when 350 people came together to pray and commit together to reach out to Iranians in our local communities. Jonathan Oleyedi and the team that organised the National Day of Prayer and Worship last September in Wembley Stadium committed themselves to joining forces with local groups (e. but we do want to be ready. and the Wirral YFC IGNITE event at Life Church.000 people are expected. Pray for Kingdom values to permeate our local councils. Please pray that churches in our region will be able to make use of this. Up to 18.growth despoiled by ungodly activity. Bebington and all the other events held last month. SHINE.
planning etc Programme for 12th October Protection from the enemy for the team who are bringing this together Financial Provision (a fundraiser is needed) Wisdom for the steering group.TOXTETH WOMEN’S CENTRE UPDATE – SPRING 2013 The managers & trustees ask us to give thanks for all the answered prayer in the last quarter. production. Regional director Dave Nuttall says. We can act as a companion. “One of the greatest gifts we can offer to young people and families in poverty is our friendship. He is organising monthly prayer meetings in the Stadium. the next one of which is on Tuesday 21st May at 7. Wise as serpents gentle as doves . a mentor and an opener of doors that might otherwise be closed. SAINTS IN THE STADIUM – REGIONAL PRAYER EVENT Praise God that plans are now being made to hold a major prayer event at St Helens Rugby League Stadium on 12th October. Especially remember Dave Hanratty who is the prayer co-ordinator and is responsible for stimulating prayer about this event.30pm. The numbers at the classes remain steady and the women continue to enjoy coming. Specific prayer for individuals in need have been answered.” Pray that Eden would find new ways of recruiting people for this. and continue on the last Tuesdays of May and June. Pray now that God excites the Church to come together to pray for the region and the nation. Please pray about • • the need for accommodation for the classes Help in the crèche remains an urgent need. Particularly for the health of the leaders. Thank God for these opportunities to share the Good News with the women. Please pray for the Meetings for Better Understanding that recommenced in April. but also as an advocate. coming up. Dave has asked that we Pray for: • • • • • • • Continued unity across the churches and ministries For the vision to spread and be supported right across the North of England and beyond. Please pray that the message about this gets out to every church and Christian in our region and beyond. Practicalities. Pray for a strong relationship with the police. EDEN NETWORK Please pray for the ministry of the Eden Project in our region. Give thanks for the small steering group who are working together to make the event happen. The amazing thing is that it is free to give and we receive it back with interest! There’s also a very real benefit to these relationships as we can act as a living bridge – preventing those in poverty from becoming socially isolated and from making bad life-choices in their desperation. and the final one of the term will be on July 16th. Pray about the interviews for the Eden Netherton post.
May 18th Please pray for The BREAKOUT Women's Conference at the Foundry Widnes with guest speaker Jelena Allsworth former leader of the Abundant Life Church in Belfast May 18th Wirral Pentecost Event “The BiggestBirthdayPartyEver!” event will be on 18th May on the Kingsmead School playing fields in Hoylake. OTHER EVENTS IN MAY TO PRAY FOR May 3rd & 4th HEALING ON THE STREETS with MARK MARKS planned for 3rd and 4th May has been cancelled & will be rearranged. RiverArts is a network for Christian artists and creative people who live. Success in bringing offenders to justice. Churches Together in Wirral. CONTINUOUS PRAYER: CHURCHES PRAYING IN MAY Apr 28 to May 5 to 12 May 12 to 19 May 19 to 26 May 26 to Garden of Hope Kingsway Christian Billinge Family Church Hope Corner Community St James in the City Please Pray that the remaining weeks of the year are filled as we continue to pray for breakthrough in mission and prayer. The vision is to see Pentecost become a major. Singer/songwriter Andy Flannagan performs at St Luke’s Church.• For people to come forward to help in a practical way. Goodison Road in Walton. Please pray for police officers & staff. and Together for the Harvest. May 10th & 11th Please pray for the EDEN NETWORK'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE – PROXIMITY May 11th Please pray for: The Wirral Pentecost Event. Wirral YFC. Although every week has been filled so far. with speaker Ken Gott May 9th National Day of Prayer for the police. A Pentecost Launch Party at Hoylake Chapel “Release The Spirit” in partnership with Pray for Wirral. for the next few months there are quite a few gaps. The purpose of this event and the one on 18th May is to raise awareness of Pentecost both inside and outside the Church. safety whilst on duty (stabbing of two policemen in Manchester this week reminds us again of the danger for frontline police officers). Christian celebration in Wirral over the next three years! May 17th Please pray for Part of the Fire: RiverArts Walton Pentecost Festival. if not THE major. May 6th Please Pray for the Wigan Fire Conference at the DW Stadium in Wigan. work and enjoy Liverpool’s rich creative arts scene. This is an event for the . changes to policing. May 9th Please pray for the prayer breakfast at St George’s Everton organised by the Police Chaplaincy for praying for The Merseyside Police.
At Grace Family Church in Aigburth. May 26th Pray for: Tent mission in Haydock with Steve Pilkington. May 21st Please pray for the “Reasons For Hope” meeting at New Brighton Baptist with Carl Kirby . PRAYER MEETINGS IN MAY Please pray for people to catch the vision for prayer. Pray for the North West Christian Business Forum as they embark on a series of teaching gatherings in Liverpool The second of these meetings will take place on Wednesday 29th May. In addition to a drinks reception. and particularly for the following region-wide prayer events: Merseypray on May 9th. St Helens Christian Life Centre Prison Fellowship Prayer Meeting May 16th. Pray for people to nominate children for the awards. Please pray that it will be a really blessed time and that Bishop James will impart vision and wisdom to those who will be present. Carl’s passion is to proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible and to engage the minds and hearts of believers and unbelievers in today’s culture so that they may experience the realities of the Word of God. A competition is taking place across Bootle where local people can nominate children who have made a difference and they will be rewarded at this special event on May 16th at Aintree Racecourse. Pray for Bishop Keith Sinclair as he gives an evengelistic talk at this event. The Hope Centre Aintree NORTH WEST CHRISTIAN BUSINESS FORUM Pray for those Christians within the Mersey Region seeking to develop business on Kingdom principles. This will be the last opportunity to hear him speak at a TFH event before his retirement.whole family being run by Churches Together in Hoylake and Meols. including CT in Runcorn united Pentecost service at Hope Corner. 3 course meal and entertainment. Theme: Liverpool Free Churches – Interdependence “Wells of Revival” May 13th. people will have the opportunity to hear these special young people's stories and celebrate them. May 23rd Please pray: for the TFH Leaders’ Lunch when the speaker will be Bishop James Jones. At Northfield Church. May 19th Please pray for: Ykids Believe Awards at Aintree Racecourse. . Bootle Saints in the Stadium Prayer Meeting May 21st In St Helens rugby Leage Stadium – preparatory prayer for October event The Big Push May 25th. May 19th Please pray: For Pentecost Sunday events taking place across the region.
Pray for good role models to give our young belief that this cycle can be broken. . RNLI and the armed forces as well as local business leaders. Release International.Please pray for Pam & Dave Coates as they travel to Armenia on 13th May to do "Transformed Working Life" with business people. OTHER THINGS GOING ON – ADVANCED NOTICE On the 7th June 2013 Wirral YFC will again recognise 30 inspirational young people from across the Wirral. Breaking the cycle of Hopelessness Across our Region and Nation generations of families have been unemployed with the result many of the current generation have little incentive or hope. Our host for the evening is Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood and we have representatives booked from the Police. MP’s. Fire Brigade. The next quarterly Prayer Gathering of the North West Christian Business Forum will take place on Wednesday 5th June at the Foundry at 7pm WIDER PRAYER ISSUES Open air church services to remember the persecuted Christians are being encouraged to hold open air services to stand in solidarity with persecuted believers. It's the first time they've done this programme in Aramaic. Our God is the God of all hope. The aim is to remember those persecuted believers whose churches have been destroyed or who have been banned from meeting in their own buildings. which services persecuted Christians worldwide. has set 19 and 26 May as the dates for this year's Great Outdoors Church Service. civic and faith leaders.