The day will start on Wednesday 19th October at 12 noon and finish 24 hours later – both these sessions will be led by Bishop Michael in our Zoom virtual prayer room – please join us if you can: contact Denise Keen for joining details.
As on previous prayer days, and in keeping with the Shaping for Mission initiative, deaneries will be central to our day of prayer. Rural Deans and Lay Chairs have been asked to organise a session to pray for the fulfilment of the diocesan vision in their deanery's context. We hope to have a deanery somewhere in the diocese praying for the whole 24 hours!
If you haven’t yet booked your deanery’s slot, please contact Denise Keen.
Specific groups such as diocesan departments, chaplaincies, schools, fresh expressions and Transforming Communities Together will also be leading 30-minute slots. We would love to hear from all individuals, local groups and churches, pledging to pray alone, in person or in online groups.
The Lichfield Diocesan Facebook Group will be a platform where any photos or messages of encouragement can be posted during the 24-hour cycle of prayer.
Please contact Denise Keen for more details or to request particular time slots.
"We receive your gifts, believe your promises and trust you for the future.
May we cease trying to fix the church and join with you in loving your world.
May we hear your call to fullness of life and share it with others.
May we be shaped by the Good News of Jesus, the light of the world
And may we seek your kingdom as People of Hope. Amen.
Resources for informed prayer are available from the Diocesan Prayer Diary for w/b 16th October and elsewhere.
May each of you, individually, as groups, by Zoom or in person, be guided in your prayers by the Holy Spirit as we pray …
"As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God already at work in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities. We pray for a church that partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope."
Unless stated otherwise on the table below, all sessions over the 24 hours will be via the diocesan Zoom virtual prayer room room: contact Denise Keen for joining details.
You are most welcome to join any of the sessions, not just for your own deanery’s slot but whenever you have opportunity throughout the day, to support other deaneries and groups in prayer.
Where groups are using Facebook or their own Zoom rooms, the link is shown on the table.
There will be opportunity to share news of how the day is progressing on our diocesan Facebook group, including photographs and short videos - please do get in touch. One person from each participating group will need to be a member of the diocese Facebook Group to upload these.
|12:00||Midday Prayer led by Bishop Michael|
|12:30||Telford Deanery in-person only Wrockwardine Wood-D Loughran||Staff prayer meeting on Teams - Clare Beavon|
|13:00||Prayer for Creation and the Environment - Steve Hollinghurst||Stafford Deanery in-person only St Bertelin's-E Evans|
|13:30||Prayers for Renewal - Paul Howard|
|14:00||Eccleshall Deanery - Doug Heming|
|15:00||Stone Deanery - Ian Cardinal|
|16:00||Wem and Whitchurch Deanery - Debs Walton|
|17:00||Wolverhampton Deanery Choral Evensong - David Wright||17:30 Evening Prayer - Lichfield Cathedral Facebook page|
|18:00||West Bromwich Deanery - Jane Dicker|
|18:30||Cheadle Deanery - Michael Follin||Telford Deanery in-person only Oakengates - D Loughran|
|19:00||Newcastle Deanery - Josephine Locke||Rugeley Deanery in-person only during Synod - S Davis|
|20:00||Shrewsbury and Wrekin Deanery - Andy Ackroyd|
|21:00||Edgmond & Shifnal Deanery - Matthew Lefroy|
|21:30||Penkridge Deanery - Rachel Livesey|
|22:30||Leek Deanery - Nigel Irons|
|23:00||Tamworth Deanery - Pippa Steedman|
|00:00||Qu'Appelle Diocese & Lichfield Working Group - Nicky Busby|
|01:00||Richard Barrett and Friends|
|04:00||Tutbury, Hodnet, Trysull, Stoke-on-Trent, Uttoxeter, Walsall, Alstonfield Deaneries - Denise Keen|
|06:00||Lichfield Deanery - Lynn McKeon|
|06:30||Community of St Chad Morning Prayer - Chris Precious|
|07:00||Pioneer Ministers - Sarah Smith & Gill Shilkoff|
|08:00||Chaplains - Simon Foster||Morning Prayer-Lichfield Cathedral Facebook page|
|08:30||Vocations and Training - Jeanette Hartwell|
|09:00||Wulfrun Deanery in-person only - Ian Poole|
|10:00||Wednesbury Deanery - Martin Ennis|
|10:30||Ellesmere Deanery in-person only Baschurch - Linda Cox|
|11:30||Transforming Communities Together - Jon Miles|
|12:00||Midday Prayer - Bishop Michael|