Prayer for Local Churches
Chailey Free Church
The main concern is for the leaders to have wisdom with regard to the return of services, especially Communion, when meetings are restored, which is probably top of the list of every congregation. The future of the monthly Messy Church is another issue as people sit together at tables for a variety of activities, meet together in church for the ‘Celebration’ and share a meal afterwards.
Seaford Parish Church
Eagerly awaiting arrival of the new Vicar in September, the Rev James Hollingsworth from Barcombe, that he may know the guidance and inspiration of the Spirit. For the ministry to families and young people led by Stefan Bracher, who arrived in January.
The Beacon Parishes (Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston)
Like many churches in the country we are facing a very difficult financial situation and we will have to make some difficult decisions as we come out of lockdown. But every difficulty is an opportunity! An opportunity to reimagine what we mean by ‘church’. We are grateful to God that we have seen a much greater coming-together during the pandemic. People are interacting with one another more closely than we do in church on Sunday mornings. We continue to pray that people in our churches will find a deeper personal walk with Jesus.
Jubilee Church, Barcombe
The key item is that as we are unable to physically meet together right now, we are encouraging everyone to be ‘Jubilee’ where they are by finding ways of reaching out to friends and neighbours as well as getting together with others who live locally to be ‘church’ where they are. Secondly wisdom to know how to build in a new and vibrant way for the future.
Ascension Church, Peacehaven
Coronavirus has brought the challenge of supporting those with mental health issues, etc, with reduced staff, and the need for social distancing.
Plans for a seeker friendly Breakfast Church every Sunday with a message, and then going on to deeper teaching for those who wish.
Right action after a survey of preferences for opening up church services again. The on-going work of the foodbank.
Would appreciate prayer for: – God’s wisdom on restarting our services and other activities in person after the summer – That we would continue to be an outward-looking church, despite the restrictions, and be active in sharing our faith and serving the community with the love of Christ
Newhaven: St Michael’s
Celebrating their 900th Anniversary . Pray for the vicar Martin Miller & wife Lucy, who is unwell