Diocesan Day of Prayer April 2021

23-24 April 2021 7am-7am

Churches, schools, chaplaincies and everyone across the diocese are invited to join a 24-hour Diocesan Day of Prayer on 23/24 April, starting on 23rd at 7am.

Deaneries are playing a central part in Shaping for Mission, so it seems appropriate that they should be central to our day of prayer. Rural Deans, Lay Chairs and Shaping for Mission Facilitators have been asked to prepare sessions of 30 mins or an hour if preferred, to pray for the fulfilment of our diocesan vision in their context. We hope to have a deanery somewhere in the diocese praying for most of the 24 hours!

See the table below to find out when your Deanery is pledged to pray … and join in!

Specific groups such as diocesan departments, chaplaincies, schools, fresh expressions, the cathedral and our partners overseas have also agreed to take an hour’s slot.

Many of these prayer sessions will be via Zoom, and everyone is most welcome to join them. There will also be information on the Diocesan Facebook group.

We would love to hear from individuals, local groups and churches who may pledge to pray alone, in small physical or larger online groups. Please contact Denise Keen for details, to request a slot and for the joining details for Zoom.

"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.   

Welcome to our Diocesan Day of Prayer, from Bishop Michael

We are joining together in this time of prayer across the Diocese and with our partners and links worldwide as we seek to play our part in God’s mission. Our Diocesan Vision Prayer encapsulates the heart of our longing and we pray alongside all of our parishes, schools, chaplaincies, fresh expressions and the Cathedral. I should add we do so particularly with our 28 Deaneries, each of which has been invited to participate, as we continue with our Deanery based Shaping for Mission process. Many of you are moving in your Deaneries from the ‘Review’ to the ‘Vision’ stage of Shaping for Mission and so we seek to ground this in our total dependence on both God’s mercy and generosity.  Resources for informed prayer are available from this week’s Diocesan Prayer Diary and elsewhere.

May each of you, individually, as groups, by Zoom or in some cases actually 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."

(Diocesan Vision Statement)



Diocesan Day of Prayer - table showing Deaneries and other supporters taking part

07:00 Bishop Michael - including Morning Prayer
08:00 Community of St Chad 
09:00 St Benedict Biscop's Church Wombourne  Transforming Communities Together  
10:00 Tutbury Deanery Staff Prayer Meeting
11:00 Prayers led by Canon David Primrose with members of the Cathedral congregation
12:00 Newcastle Deanery   
13:00 Uttoxeter Deanery The Bigger Picture: General Synod
13:30 Oswestry Deanery  
14:00 Lichfield Deanery The Chaplaincy Team 
14:30 Rugeley Deanery
15:00 Trysull Deanery  
15:30 Hodnet Deanery  
16:00 Stafford and Ellesmere Deaneries  
16:30 Stone and Eccleshall Deaneries  
17:00 Penkridge Deanery Environment and Mission
17:30 West Bromwich Deanery The Cathedral Evening Prayer 
18:00 Stoke Deanery BAME 
19:00 Telford Deanery Pauline Mack
19:30 Tamworth Deanery
20:00 Shrewsbury Deanery St Chad's House 
20:30 Cheadle and Alstonfield Deaneries
21:00 Wulfrun Deanery St Bartholomew, Penn 
21:30 Wolverhampton Deanery
22:00 Wem & Whitchurch Deanery The Beacon House of Prayer (no specified time)
22:30 Edgmond & Shifnal Deanery  
23:00 Leek Deanery   
23:30 Wrockwardine Deanery  (8:30am on 24th)
00:00   Connect2 
01:00   Alex Wolvers
02:00   Dioceses of Qu'Appelle and Saskatoon
03:00   Dioceses of Kuching and Sabah
04:00   Diocese of West Malaysia
05:00   Richard Barrett
06:00 Would anyone like to lead this session - the Zoom link would be available if required?
07:00 Closing Prayers with Bishop Michael










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