Diocesan Day of Prayer April 2022

8-9 April 2022 12 noon - 12 noon

Churches, schools, chaplaincies, fresh expressions, the cathedral and everyone across the diocese are invited to join a 24 hour Diocesan Day of Prayer on 8/9 April. 

The day will start on Friday 8th April 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:  

Unless stated otherwise, all sessions over the 24 hours will be via the Diocesan Zoom room. 

Join here (Meeting ID: 896 7534 6026 Passcode: 414732) 

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.

Resources will be available to assist with prayer including a specially adapted Weekly Prayer Diary for w/b 3rd April which can be accessed here

Specific groups such as diocesan departments, chaplaincies, schools, fresh expressions, the cathedral and Transforming Communities Together will also be leading 30-minute slots. We would also love to hear from all individuals, local groups and churches, pledging to pray alone, in physical or 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.   

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, the cathedral and our central sector teams.

I am delighted our 28 deaneries, will be participating again. As we continue with our Deanery based Shaping for Mission process, we are mindful that by now you will be working with your Area Bishop and Archdeacon in moving from the ‘Vision’ stage to implementation. Let us pray for wisdom and grace as we work together.

Resources for informed prayer are available from the Diocesan Prayer Diary for w/b 3rd April 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."

(Diocesan Vision Statement)

Unless stated otherwise, all sessions over the 24 hours will be via the Diocesan Zoom room. Join here (Meeting ID: 896 7534 6026 Passcode: 414732) `


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

12:00 Midday Prayer led by Bishop Michael
12:30 Staff Prayer Meeting (Teams)
13:00 Mission - Simon Foster
14:00 Stone Deanery - Ian Cardinal
15:00 Ministry/Vocations - Jeanette Hartwell
17:00 Wem & Whitchurch Deanery - Rich Cresswell
18:00 Alstonfield - John Baines
19:00 Chaplaincy - Simon Foster
20:00 Ellesmere Deanery - Sandra Birchall
21:00 Wrockwardine Deanery - Andy Ackroyd
23:00 Wulfrun Deanery - Ian Poole
01:00 Eccleshall Deanery - Denise Keen
05:00 Oswestry Deanery - Chris Precious
06:00 Community of St Chad - Chris Precious
06:30 Tamworth Deanery - Gary Simmons
07:00 Wigginton Parish - Pippa Steedman
07:30 Leek Deanery - Karen Petherick
08:00 Edgmond & Shifnal Deanery - Matthew Lefroy
08:30 Trysull Deanery - Richard Reeve
09:00 Lichfield Deanery - Jan Waterfield
10:00 Newcastle Deanery - Josephine Locke  (10:30 Wigginton Parish - Pippa Steedman)
11:00 Hodnet Deanery - Christine Simpson
12:00 Midday Prayer led by Bishop Michael

You are most welcome to join any of the sessions and to support other deaneries and groups in prayer.

Where groups are using Facebook or their own Zoom rooms, the link, or an email address requesting 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.

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