A very Happy New Year! We trust you enjoyed a blessed Christmas, celebrating the joyful time with family and friends. Some of our group were privileged to be invited to a number of our schools’ Nativity plays which is always a wonderful way to end the year.
It has been our very great privilege to have prayed for all those involved with our local nurseries, infant, junior and senior schools throughout 2018, as well as those organisations that are closely linked with the children in the Spelthorne area – we trust that each have felt uplifted and encouraged by our prayerful support. We joined with thousands across Europe in November for the annual Pray Day, when children ranging from nursery school age right through to university students were prayed for. We highlighted the day by sending cards and gifts to those we regularly pray for, all of whom were most grateful.
……..so what does 2019 hold? We will each have our own personal desires and hopes, and as a Schools’ Prayer Group we are looking forward to what God has been prompting us to engage in this year. Reflecting on 2018 has provided the opportunity to give thanks for the way God has guided and led us over the past 26 years, especially in establishing a firm foundation of trust and commitment with our schools – something we value greatly. Our format has worked well over the years and we have been hugely blessed by countless amazing answers to prayer.
Whilst we know that God “is the same, yesterday today and forever”, we are aware that He is a creative God who encourages us “don’t dwell on the former things, behold I am doing a new thing”. We sense that at the start of this NEW YEAR it is time for A NEW BEGINNING and we are excited to be launching a NEW LOOK Schools’ Prayer Group whereby we will employ a fresh approach as to how we pray for school staff and also discern what the children and their families would value prayer for. We will continue to meet monthly on Fridays but will alternate day-time (10 a.m. – 12 noon) and evenings (7.30 – 9 p.m.), and in addition to praying through the received requests, we will have a specific theme to focus on, all of which we hope will encourage new people to join us.
January 11th a.m. New Beginnings
February 1st p.m. Friendships/Relationships
March 8th a.m. Mental Health Issues
April 5th p.m. Family Life
May 3rd a.m. Leadership
June 7th p.m. Social Media
July 5th a.m. Celebrations& Achievements
If this is something that interests you and you would like further information, please contact:
Val Edwards, Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to have you come on board with us – it promises to be a great ‘ride’ so don’t miss out!