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Prayer Diary for August 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1 v 9

St Mary’s

Pray for Tim and his family on their annual break, that they would return refreshed and strengthened for their ministry.
Pray that our children and young people would still feel connected and part of our church family and would be keen to return to worship when this is possible.

Our Community

This month we pray for the residents of Hedgers Hill and Havenwood Park, Binsted. May they know God’s peace in their lives.
Give thanks for the work of our local charities and pray that they will continue to be supported as fundraising events have had to be cancelled or adapted.
Pray for our local care homes, for all the residents and staff for their safety and well-being.

Our Nation

Pray that businesses would start to see an improvement, particularly in the hospitality industry. Pray for those who have been made redundant or are entering the job market for the first time, that opportunities would open up.
Pray for young people receiving exam results this month and for the decisions they face about whether to continue study, take a gap year or look for work.
Pray for Headteachers and all staff involved in planning how to ensure a safe return to school for all children in September.
Pray for families who will continue to benefit from the school meal voucher scheme over the summer and for those who will seek support from food banks and local charities.

The World

This month we focus on Latin America:
At the time of writing, Covid-19 cases were increasing sharply in Brazil, Mexico and other South American countries. Pray for transparency in the information given to the public and effective measures to reduce the spread of infection. Pray for those who fear hunger and poverty on top of Covid-19.
Pray for a stable government in Venezuela, for a secure future for those who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
Pray for the work of the Church Mission Society (CMS), for mission partners ministering alongside indigenous communities and local church leaders and supporting the most vulnerable and disadvanted.

The Church

Pray for God’s comfort and peace for those who are mourning; pray for changes to allow more family and friends to attend funerals.