Crofton Parish is holding a Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of each month. We encourage everyone in the parish community to join in, either individually or as a family.
Each month there will be a number resources you can use to help you and your household pray. There will be a few different resources, so you can use them through the day or just pick one or two that particularly work for your situation. Parents, we have tried to create simple resources with families in mind, so your kids can join in too.
Thursday March 4th – Our Communities and Frontline Workers
Start by reading this account of Jesus praying
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”Mark ch 1 v 35 – 39
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Jesus loves local communities. Thank God for the place where you live and invite Jesus to make his presence known there.
Watch this PowerPoint about Frontline Workers
(You may find it helpful to pause on the pages where people talk about their work and pray for that profession.)
How does the video make you feel? Write your thoughts and feelings down and offer them to God in prayer.
List any frontline workers you know
Thank God for teachers, care home workers, emergency services, social workers, essential shop workers, funeral directors and many more.
As you write down each person, pray for them by name.
Go for a Prayer Walk
As you walk and pray, ask God to bless the place where you live
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.Jeremiah ch 29 v 7
Learn more about your Community
Do some local web research about the history and make-up of your community.
Although you should be discerning about what you read on Facebook pages, these links will help you learn more about our community (they all will open in a new browser tab):
- Pal Hayre, the Hampshire County Councillor for the Stubbington & Hill Head area >>>
- Fareham Borough Council >>>
- Caroline Dinenage, MP for Stubbington & Hill Head (and Gosport) >>>
- Stubbington Traders >>>
- Stubbington community (Stubbington Matters) >>>
Thursday February 4th – The Pandemic and the NHS
Watch this PowerPoint about the pandemic:
How does it make you feel? Write your thoughts and feelings down and offer them to God in prayer.
Read this account of Jesus healing a man with leprosy.
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’
41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 ‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.’ 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.Mark 1 v 40 – 45
Jesus cares about our physical health. Thank God for the vaccines and the scientists involved in their development. Pray for all those involved in the vaccination programme.
Now watch these video interviews with Emily and Lois who are both frontline nurses.
Thank God for our NHS and pray for all doctors, nurses and other staff who work their. Do you know anyone who works in the NHS? Why not send them a message to thank them?
Find out about today’s new cases and death figures.
There are many reliable sources of information, here are two of them (they open in a new browser tab):-
Pray for anyone who is sick and the friends and families of those who have died.
Do you know anyone who is sick with Covid? Send them a message to let them know you are praying for them.
You may like to conclude by saying this prayer form the Archbishops of Canterbury and York: