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1 August 2021National VaccinAid campaign

We give thanks for the scientists, NHS staff and volunteers who are facilitating the vaccination of UK citizens. Please pray for people to give generously to ‘Give the World a Shot’.

The Church of England is supporting UNICEF UK’s ‘VaccinAid’ campaign, which aims to help fund almost two billion Covid-19 vaccines for health workers and the most vulnerable people on our planet. The money raised will also help provide tests and treatments to people in 190 countries around the world through the COVAX initiative.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said, “There is no better way to show our deep gratitude for the gifts of science and medicine than making sure vulnerable people around the world are also given a shot.”

Local churches are being encouraged to join the campaign, with resources available to download for free on the
AChurchNearYou.com resource hub to share on social media, newsletters or notice boards. Using the Crowdfunder platform, individual donations can be given, but parishes can also sign-up to fundraise together.

“At the heart of the Christian faith is Christ’s call to love our neighbour,” Archbishop Justin continued. “Keeping one another safe from this terrible disease is part of living that out. I encourage people to donate whatever they can, so we can build a better world together.”

For more information or to donate visit www.vaccinaid.org

Kidderminster and Stourport Deanery – Area Dean: Tim Williams

Praying for our Baptism families - Gracious God, Thank you for those parents who bring their children for baptism. We ask that they are never afraid to ask and seek help and support when they need it. Amen.

Bristol: Bishop Vivienne Faull with Bishop Lee Rayfield
Helsinki (Finland): Bishop Teemu Laajasalo
Church of the Province of South East Asia: Archbishop Melter Jiki Tais
2 August 2021Kidderminster & Stourport Deanery

Pray for the new Deanery as we seek to work together to further God’s Kingdom. We thank God for the new and exciting possibilities. Pray for the new leadership team: Clare Stockford, Mark Hall, Paul Blackham and Tim Williams (Area Dean).

Dogura (Papua New Guinea): Bishop Tennyson Bogar
3 August 2021Kidderminster & Stourport Deanery

Heavenly Father, source of all love and life, as Kingdom people, united in prayer and worship, hear us as we pray for our Deanery. May we grow in love and faith, in unity and joy. Give us grace to listen; vision as we plan; wisdom in what we do and inspiration to act. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour. Amen

Doko (Nigeria): Bishop Uriah N. Kolo
4 August 2021Diocese of Peru

A re-examination of the data showed Peru has had the highest per capita Covid death toll in the world and as a poor country, the vaccination programme is progressing very slowly. Pray for the country’s overstretched medical workers and for global justice in access to vaccinations.

Dominican Republic: Bishop Moisés Quezada Mota
5 August 2021Worcestershire Severn Parishes

At St Andrew, Ombersley, pray for the ongoing ‘Towards 10 Years’ programme looking forward to the 200th anniversary of the current church in 2028. At St Mary, Doverdale, pray for links with Sytchampton school and the securing of the church fabric. Clergy: Stephen Winter; Readers: James Homer, Richard Jeynes, Richard Berry

Dornakal (India): Bishop Vadapalli Prasada Rao
6 August 2021Worcestershire Severn Parishes

At St Michael, Elmley Lovett, pray for plans for the church building and links with Cutnall Green school. At St James, Hampton Lovett, pray for the vision for the future of the church building. At St Mary, Elmbridge, for our All Age Worship and at St Michael, Rushock, for the opportunities with young families. Clergy: Stephen Winter; Readers: James Homer, Richard Jeynes, Richard Berry

Down & Dromore (Ireland): Bishop David McClay
7 August 2021Growing as Kingdom People

Pray for all those who are looking to plant new churches in our diocese or to revitalise existing congregations. Help them to develop creative partnerships locally and be led by God’s will so that more people can come to faith in Jesus.

Dublin & Glendalough (Ireland): Bishop Michael Jackson
8 August 2021Worcester Cathedral: The Leaves of the Trees art installation

We pray for those who have suffered in unexpected and immeasurable ways during the course of the pandemic. We pray for strength and hope as we look towards a brighter future.

During August, Worcester Cathedral is hosting The Leaves of the Trees, an installation of 5,000 steel ‘Hope’ leaves, as a reflective memorial to the effects of the pandemic. The installation has been designed to honour those who have lost their lives, but also to allow everyone to take a moment to contemplate what we have been through and to think about loved ones.

Designed and produced by internationally renowned sculptor and artist, Peter Walker, the installation features a sycamore maple leaf, which was chosen specifically for its symbolism of strength, protection, eternity and clarity. The leaves will be laid out on the Cathedral floor, creating a beautiful impression of autumn leaves fallen from the trees. Appearing as though naturally scattered by the wind, the leaves collectively symbolise both what has transpired in the past and what is to come in the future.

The exhibition will be available to visit during normal Cathedral visiting hours until Tuesday 31 August. Further information is available on the Cathedral’s website: www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

Kidderminster and Stourport Deanery – Lay Chair: Clare Stockford

Portsmouth: Bishop Christopher Foster
Stockholm (Sweden): Bishop Andreas Holmberg
The Church of South India (United): Archbishop Dharmaraj Rasalam
9 August 2021Worcestershire Severn Parishes

At St James, Hartlebury, pray for new opportunities in both the village and school and the future of the mission church at Crossway Green. We give thanks for God’s care of us. Clergy: Stephen Winter; Readers: James Homer, Richard Jeynes, Richard Berry

Duk (South Sudan): Bishop Daniel Deng Abot
10 August 2021Kidderminster East

For St Cassian, Chaddesley Corbett, St George, Kidderminster and the online congregation. Pray that this summer will be a time for recovery ahead of the busyness of Autumn, and for those involved in weddings. Clergy: David Hildred; Readers: Christine Hickman-Smith, Lisa Manser, Carol Morris

Dunedin (New Zealand): Bishop Steven Benford
11 August 2021Diocese of Morogoro

Give thanks as the new Tanzanian President fosters a climate of openness in relation to Covid-19 and for Bishop Godfrey as he seeks to care for the Morogoro Diocese during the pandemic. We also remember all clergy, Morogoro diocesan staff and the doctors and nurses of Berega Hospital.

Dunkwa-on-Offin (Ghana): Bishop Paul Appiah Sekyere
12 August 2021Kidderminster East

Pray for all at St Cecilia, Kidderminster, St Chad, Kidderminster and St Mary, Stone as we begin to return to our buildings. May we discover how best to come alongside the communities in which we serve to show God’s love. Clergy: Robert Legge; Readers: David Grist, Joe Hodgson, Geoff Surridge, John Chesworth, Elaine Voice

Durgapur (India): Bishop Sameer Isaac Khimla
13 August 2021Kidderminster East

For the parish of Kidderminster East. We give thanks for the retired clergy connected with the parish, our ALMs, our wardens, PCC & DCC members, our office staff, and the many others who have different or even no specific role titles and who each make their contribution to the Body of Christ here.

Durham: Bishop Paul Butler with Bishop Sarah Clark
14 August 2021Kidderminster Ismere

Please pray for our seven churches as they continue the process of reopening and reengaging with the local communities. Pray too for our ALMs. Clergy: Nigel Taylor, Simon Archer; Readers: Fleur Bradley, Ian Strongman

Dutse (Nigeria): Bishop Markus Yohanna Danbinta
15 August 2021Knitted Bible at St James's Badsey

Please pray that the knitted Bible will bring joy and wonder to all those who witness it.

Yesterday marked the start of a free weeklong exhibition of the Knitted Bible at St James’s Church in Badsey, which is currently on loan from St George’s United Reformed Church in Hartlepool.

Anne McCombie, the organiser of the event, said, “The week offers a great opportunity for people from all over the area to explore Bible stories in a unique and fun way. We look forward to welcoming everyone who comes to visit.”

The popular, tactile exhibition includes 33 scenes from the Bible, including moments from both the Old and New Testaments, from Creation, to the Good Samaritan. Some of the knitted scenes will also be taken to care homes during the week. Knitted mementos will be on sale to raise money for the charities Caring Hands in the Vale and Friends of the Holy Land.

For further information visit: https://eastvaleavon.com/the-knitted-bible

Kidderminster and Stourport Deanery - Secretary: Mark Hall

Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh (Ireland): Bishop Ferran Glenfield
Aarhus (Denmark): Bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulsen
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
16 August 2021Kidderminster Ismere

Please pray for our church schools, headteachers and all staff at St Catherine’s, St Mary’s, St Oswald’s, St Peter Upper Arley, and Wolverley Secondary School and all other schools in the parish. Heads: Sarah Power, Sarah Perrett, Alison Taylor, Tracie Langfield, Bryn Roberts.

Easton (USA): Bishop Santosh Marray
17 August 2021Kidderminster Ismere

Please pray for those who are to be married or baptised in our parish over the coming months as they finally get some stability back in their lives. Clergy: Nigel Taylor, Simon Archer; Readers: Fleur Bradley, Ian Strongman

Eau Claire (USA): Bishop William Jay Lambert
18 August 2021The Protestant Church of Central Germany

Please give thanks for the ministry of Christoph Hackbeil (Area Bishop of Stendal- Magdeburg), especially for his wholehearted engagement with our partnership-link. Pray for Christoph and his family as he prepares for retirement, that he may know God’s blessing during this time of change.

Central Ecuador: Vacant
19 August 2021Kidderminster West

Give thanks for all who have joined the worshipping community of St John’s online and for our return to worship in church. Pray for children and families involved in Tiny Tots playgroup, Messy Church and youth club. Clergy: Tim Williams, Laura Betson, Alex Vaccaro, Chris Henson, Chris Betson

Edinburgh (Scotland): Bishop John Armes
20 August 2021Kidderminster West

Give thanks for our welcoming community at Holy Innocents and a safe return into church. Pray for those missing our film club, coffee mornings and toddler groups. Clergy: Tim Williams, Laura Betson, Alex Vaccaro, Chris Henson, Chris Betson

Edmonton (Canada): Vacant
21 August 2021Growing as Kingdom People

Pray for our churches as they plan their Autumn programme – that we will find new and creative ways both to reach out to our communities and also to help our existing members grow and develop in their faith.

Saint Edmundsbury & Ipswich: Bishop Martin Seeley with Bishop Mike Harrison
22 August 2021Journey to Glasgow for COP26

Pray that as we journey together to COP26, we will be encouraged and inspired to recommit ourselves to being good stewards of the Earth and politicians will find a way to respond to the climate crisis.

COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November. Christians will be standing together with the global community to ensure the UK Government responds urgently to the global climate emergency.

This week, young people from our diocese and the Diocese of Gloucester will walk through our diocese from Tewkesbury to Birmingham as part of the Young Christian Climate Network relay. This pilgrmage started in Truro Cathedral near the venue for the G7 conference and continues all the way to Glasgow for COP26.

Rachel Mander, a young Christian and the relay co-leader, said: “We stand in solidarity with people and places that are being plunged into debt and poverty because of climate change. More carbon emissions mean more disease, more food insecurity and more poverty. We will not let the UK government host summits on our doorstep only to hear more talk and no action.”

The journey to the COP26 conference is an unmissable opportunity for sharing ideas, reflections, challenges and commitments. There is still time to commit to walk or cycle the miles from your home to Glasgow before November. Join our Journey with us Facebook page.

Kidderminster and Stourport Deanery - Treasurer: Paul Blackham

Espoo (Finland): Bishop Kaisamari Hintikka
Edinburgh (Scotland): Bishop John Armes
The Anglican Church of South America: Archbishop Nicholas James Quested Drayson
23 August 2021Economy & Daily Life

On this international day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, pray for justice and freedom for all still caught up in the modern slave trade, in this country and around the world. Pray for the Church of England’s Clewer Initiative to support victims of modern slavery.

Egba (Nigeria): Emmanuel O. Adekunle
24 August 2021Kidderminster West

Give thanks for all at St Peter’s Church involved in the community allotment, those working in the church grounds and those helping provide ‘Bags of Basics’. Pray for new patterns of worship and community outreach for the future. Clergy: Tim Williams, Laura Betson, Alex Vaccaro, Chris Henson, Chris Betson

Egba West (Nigeria): Bishop Samuel Oludele Ogundeji
25 August 2021Areley Kings & Astley

Pray for the parishes as they prepare for Mark Turner to leave at the end of the year. Hold before God the uncertainties of their future. Remember also our schools: St. Bartholomew’s Primary School and Astley Primary School; Heads: Ian James and Ali Reakes-Williams. Clergy: Mark Turner; Reader: Sue Matthews

Egbu (Nigeria): Bishop Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor
26 August 2021Cathedral

Pray for the Dean and Chapter: Peter Atkinson, Anne Penn, David Bryer, Georgina Byrne, Henry Briggs, Michael Brierley, Stephen Edwards, and all clergy and readers who assist in the Cathedral’s ministry and serve as day chaplains. For the members of the Cathedral Council, College of Canons, and the Chapter’s professional advisers.

Egypt: Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis
27 August 2021Cathedral

Pray for the Cathedral Staff: Val Floy, Chief Operating Officer; for office staff, vergers, musicians, librarian and archivist, archaeologist, surveyor and architect, education team, stonemasons, and service team. For the Friends of the Cathedral, for all who serve as volunteers, and all members of the Cathedral’s regular congregations.

Eha – Amufu (Nigeria): Bishop Nkemjika Olinya
28 August 2021University of Worcester

Pray for all at the University of Worcester, the students and staff and for those who support them as chaplains.

Ekiti (Nigeria): Bishop Christopher Tayo Omotunde
29 August 2021Growing as Kingdom People

Gracious God, who pours out the life-giving Holy Spirit on your kingdom people,
Fill our hearts with love to worship you creatively,
Equip us to make disciples, inspire us to share hope
And anoint us to transform our communities,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen

Our diocesan vision is to grow as Kingdom People, sharing the good news of
Jesus’ love across Worcestershire and Dudley as we live out our values of love,
compassion, justice and freedom.

This vision was formed through two rounds of ‘Open Conversations’ and as a
diocese we are committed to worshipping God creatively, making disciples, sharing hope and transforming our communities.

Our vision is all about hope and growth – ensuring as many of our churches as
possible are healthy, sustainable and fit for the future. We pray clergy and laity will
feel inspired and equipped as they have local discussions about mission and ministry in their areas, working collaboratively to enable our churches to flourish and grow.

Over the next few Sundays, we will be praying for the different elements of our
vision as we trust in God to show us the way forward for our diocese.

Diocesan Leader for Transformation and Change: Archdeacon Nikki Groarke

York: Archbishop Stephen Cottrell w Bishops Paul Ferguson (Whitby), John Thomson (Selby), Alison White (Hull), Glyn Webster (Beverly)
The Episcopal Church of South Sudan: Archbishop Justin Badi Arama
Turku (Finland): Archbishop Mari Leppänen, w Bishop Kaarlo Kalliala
30 August 2021St Michael, Stourport & All Saints Wilden

For our congregations as we grow stronger bonds as a benefice in worship and council; becoming an eco-Benefice and closer followers of Christ. For our priest Carey while her family is away. Clergy: Carey Saleh; Readers: Sandra Baty, Richard Standing, Phil Saleh

Ekiti Kwara (Nigeria): Bishop Andrew O A Ajayi
31 August 2021Shrawley & the Witleys

Give thanks for technology that has enabled greater participation and welcomed new people. Pray for those seeking baptism, wedding couples and for those God is calling to join our confirmation course. For growth in discipleship, new ways of worship and daily Zoom prayers. For the dedication of staff in our local church schools. Clergy: Ted Whittaker, Robin Walter; Readers: Marjorie Workman, Christine Clarke

Ekiti Oke (Nigeria): Bishop Isaac Olatunde Olubowale