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Prayers for March – May 2020

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These prayers have been updated to reflect the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the effect that's had on ministry and mission.

Week beginning 1st March

This week, all the prayers relate to this article.

Sunday 1
Give thanks to God for inspiring Ragnhild Hiis Ånestad to develop Soul Children, and for the thousands of children and young people in Norway who have heard and responded to the gospel through it.

Monday 2
Please pray for those Christian leaders and volunteers involved in piloting Soul Children groups here in the UK, in Preston and across the north. Give thanks that they have caught the vision, and pray that they will see fruit from their efforts.

Tuesday 3
Ask God to bless the children and young people in these pilot Soul Children choirs, for them to find real joy and fulfilment in being part of their group, both musically and spiritually.

Wednesday 4
Please pray that God will guide Chip K and Scripture Union on how the Soul Children concept could be taken forward in England and Wales, and help them to make wise decisions.

Thursday 5
Praise God that children and young people who aren’t part of a church are really enjoying finding out more about Jesus through Soul Children, and ask him to bless them as they explore faith so that they will be hungry to know more.

Friday 6
Give thanks to God that Christian children in Soul Children groups find it something that it’s easy for them to invite their friends to, especially those that aren’t part of a church.

Saturday 7
Please pray for those children, young people and adults in the 400 Soul Children choirs that have already developed in other parts of the world, for God to be glorified through their singing and, through their songs, for the wider community to hear what God has done for them through Jesus.

Week beginning 8th March

Sunday 8
Pray for the Global Children’s Forum leadership team meeting this week. Annette Osborne and Terry Williams will be representing Scripture Union International at the meetings of this global alliance headed by Alan Charter (formerly of SU England and Wales) which exists to find ways of enabling children worldwide to hear the good news of Jesus.

Monday 9
Back in late February, local mission partner Re:generation held an evening in Harrow on protecting children from knife crime. Pray that this will have a lasting impact bringing hope and peace in a broken world.

Tuesday 10
Last week, SU in the north partnered with The Message Trust and local mission partner Southport and Area Schools Worker Trust to run the Higher Tour. Several hundred young people will have heard something of the hope Jesus gives. Pray for the SU team as they follow up in many of the schools.

Wednesday 11
National Mission Partner Festive asks us to pray that Christian Unions in sixth forms and colleges will take the opportunity to run Easter events focusing on Jesus’ death and resurrection and aimed at the many young people who have never heard.

Thursday 12
Impact, our local mission partner in Bedford, is running prayer spaces today for 150 children at Scott Primary School. Pray that all who take part will engage with God in their own way and that staff will be touched as well.

Friday 13
Amplify is a large-scale collaborative initiative to train 11- to 18-year-olds to share their faith. This weekend there is a residential. Pray that God will enthuse and equip those who come and that he will raise up many to share their faith in this generation.

Saturday 14
Thank God for all those who faithfully support us financially through their donations and through their prayers. Pray for those working on SU’s fundraising activities over the next year, asking that supporters would catch the vision and generously support the work.

Week beginning 15th March

Sunday 15
This month, SU Bulgaria is holding a Lego weekend hoping to reach new children and families and share the good news with them. Pray that it will reach children who will form lasting relationships with the churches where the activity is held.

Monday 16
It is 25 years since the first Easter Cracked. Praise God for its growth and impact on thousands of children. Pray for originator Wayne Dixon of local mission partner Christian Connections in Schools as he runs the programme again, and for all who will use it and similar programmes in schools and churches in the run-up to Easter.

Tuesday 17
Ask God to give wisdom to the regional teams in both the south west and the north as they meet today. The south west will be meeting with local mission partner South West Youth Ministries.

Wednesday 18
This term local mission partner York Schools and Youth Trust will be sharing the Easter story in creative ways in over 50 schools. Pray for the team and volunteers, and for the students from the schools who will be involved.

Thursday 19
Local mission partner Hunsley Christian Youth Trust has a prayer meeting tonight. Join them in giving thanks for partnership with another local trust and for the development of a Rooted hub in the secondary school. Pray that the hub will continue to attract young people.

Friday 20
The Youth Evangelism Conference takes place this weekend, aiming to inspire and encourage leaders to share their own faith and to equip children and young people to share their faith with their friends. Pray for SU staff who will be involved.

Saturday 21
Solid, an annual event enabling young people to grow in their faith in a lively fun-packed environment, has led to a number of local events. Pray that in Rayleigh, Essex, the young people who come tonight will have a genuine experience of Jesus.

Week beginning 22nd March

Sunday 22
Development worker Steve Hutchinson is leading the Youth Hub at Barnwood in Gloucester today, doing bushcraft, including shelter building, fire-starting and stick whittling. Please pray for good connections with the young people who come.

Monday 23
Scripture Union in Southern Vietnam asks us to pray that all the teachers coming to their teacher training will be well-prepared physically, intellectually and spiritually. Ask God to guide them in the three days of training.

Tuesday 24
Scripture Union movements around the world are using Guardians of Ancora in English. Please pray for growth in ministry of the app for the latest international partners: SU Solomon Islands, SU South Sudan, SU Rwanda, SU Republic of Ireland and SU New Zealand.

Wednesday 25
Pray that relationships with staff and students established by local mission partner Reach (working in Woking) will be protected and that lives will be transformed as pupils meet up at school groups each week.

Thursday 26
Pray for Keren Mallinson, Director of Mission Development, and the Mission Development Management Team: Richard Shaw (regional), Richard Witham (sports), Jo Morley (events), Gemma Willis (Development Hub) and Mandy Hagon (PA support). Pray that they’ll help our vision and mission to be effectively and creatively delivered.

Friday 27
Please pray for the regional support workers as they provide an organisational, digital and administrative service within each of the five regional teams, and as they work closely with the rest of their teams participating in and supporting regional activities.

Saturday 28
Today local mission partner Thrive Youth Ministries working in and around Warwick and Leamington Spa hosts Thrive Juniors, a twice-yearly worship event for primary-aged children and their leaders. Pray that the children will have a real understanding of the love of Jesus.

Week beginning 29th March

Sunday 29
Pray that a Bible reading promotion campaign organised by SU Malawi for 300 churches across the whole country will lead to a renewed interest in engaging with the transforming message of the Bible.

Monday 30
Many of the children who attend the lunchtime groups run by local mission partner Beverley Schools Christian Trust have a growing interest in the Bible and are reading Bible stories at home. Pray that they will find a growing understanding of Jesus and put their faith in him.

Tuesday 31
Development worker Helen Franklin asks us to pray for the follow-on to the Higher mission in north Wales especially for groups that are meeting and for ongoing contacts between churches, schools and individuals.

Wednesday 1
Ask God to give wisdom and creativity to senior content manager, Angela Grigson, content assistant, Jill Warren, and administrative assistant, Tanya Pencheva, as they work on the content for our Bible reading guides and Word Live.

Thursday 2
GW Tracks is a mountain biking holiday at Great Wood for 12- to 17-year-olds led by Nathan and Lucy Johnson. It was due to start tomorrow but has had to be cancelled. Please pray for the team and young people on their journey of faith, that they will draw near to God at this time.

Friday 3
Following the success of last year’s fully booked Edale Adventure, the north region were due to run a new children’s holiday this weekend: Edale Challenge (led by Rob Steward). Unfortunately, along with many other SU holidays, this has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank God for his love for each child who was booked to come, and pray for more opportunities for them to hear the good news of Jesus.

Saturday 4
This was to be the second year of The Bristol Brickers Basketball club in Bristol, an outreach initiative for 10–15s funded by SU’s Good News Fund. Sadly, it has had to be cancelled. Pray for the leaders to have wisdom to know how to keep in touch with these vulnerable young people.

Week beginning 5th April

Sunday 5
Andy Bathgate, who has led SU Scotland since 2001, has just retired. Give thanks for his faithful leadership. Pray for a clear sense of the Lord’s call to Robin MacLellan, his successor, and that God continues to lead, guide and provide for SU Scotland in the coming days.

Monday 6
Bridleways riding holiday and the SU Bake Off holiday (led by Jo and Rachel Morley) were due to run side by side from today until Thursday. Sadly, it has been cancelled. Pray that the 12- to 15-year-olds who were coming will have an opportunity elsewhere to learn more about Jesus. Jo has organised an online 'bake off', with recipes, video demonstrations and Bible themes, so please pray that will work well.

Tuesday 7
Please pray for churches all over the country who, in these challenging times of the COVID-19 outbreak, are finding new ways through technology to connect with children and young people in their communities. Pray that the relationships will grow and remain long after the pandemic.

Wednesday 8
Give thanks for the continued impact of the HOPE Tour in Mansfield and Ashfield in the lives of children and young people (see page 18). Pray too for the ongoing connections into local schools, many of whom were, before the coronavirus outbreak, allowing Christians into the school for the first time in years.

Thursday 9
Last autumn, development worker Geoff Brown worked with a church in Northumberland to run a new popup Lifepath event. The feedback from the school and volunteers has been very positive. Please pray for wisdom about how best to develop this and how we might work with other churches to roll it out in their area.

Friday 10
The week-long Kestrels sailing holiday for 14- to 17-year-olds on the Norfolk Broads (led by Tore and Sarah Butlin) was due to start tomorrow but has been cancelled. Pray for the young people and team, that they will have encounters with Jesus at home.

Saturday 11
Development worker Jenni Whymark was due to be involved today with the High Tide youth service, which gathers young people from across Portsmouth for worship, activities and teaching. It has had to be cancelled but please pray for the young people in the Portsmouth area and for Jenni, as she seeks to maintain connections.

 

 

 

Week beginning 12th April

Sunday 12 (Easter Sunday)
As we celebrate the resurrection, pray for the 95 who may have no sense of the life that Jesus came to bring. Pray too for the many youth leaders and workers who try to come alongside them to share this great message.

Monday 13
Scripture Union in Australia’s Northern Territory have a long-established ministry teaching the Bible in schools. Pray for teachers and volunteers who faithfully serve each week, that they would find ways to continue to share the Word during lockdown.

Tuesday 14
Pray for those working on developing resources to help leaders open the Bible with the 95. Ask for insight and the ability to build bridges into the lives of children and young people who have no Christian background.

Wednesday 15
C4E, local mission partner in North Wales, is praising God for many openings in local schools and the Higher tour in the area, even though the tour can't happen 'in person' at the moment. Pray for wisdom and resources to make the most of every opportunity to engage with the children and young people of the area.

Thursday 16
Local mission partner Stort Valley Schools Trust asks us to pray for a renewed sense of vision for trustees and schools workers, for inspiration and wisdom in maintaining a relevant and appropriate approach to helping young people hear of the love of God, and reflect on their response to it.

Friday 17
Sadly, our 3Sixty residential for 8- to 11-year-olds (due to run this weekend) won’t be running this year. Pray for peace for those children that can no longer attend. Also pray for the leaders as they discern the next steps, as the holiday leader steps down this year too.

Saturday 18
Pray for local mission partner Fleet and Crookham Churches Together in Schools, asking that they will gain an open door into the one school that they don’t yet go into and that young people involved in their schools work would be drawn into church youth and children’s activities.

Week beginning 19th April

Sunday 19
Scripture Union USA gives thanks for the new PrimeTime (after school) programmes in the New York City area. Pray for the churches and teams that are reaching children who don’t normally go to church on a Sunday. Pray for the children, that they may experience God’s love and come to faith in Christ through this outreach.

Monday 20
 SU Ministries Trust, local mission partner on the Isle of Man, had a residential weekend for years 6–9 planned for next weekend but this isn’t going ahead. Please pray that young people on the island will gain a deeper understanding of God and their own faith and that they will be able to engage with SUMT as they enter secondary school in September.

Tuesday 21
Making good connections and partnerships with churches is a huge part of our ministry. Pray for north Regional Team Leader Rob Steward as he seeks to find creative ways to grow these relationships across the North.

Wednesday 22
Pray for Shine, our resource that equips young people to share their faith at school. Please pray for Christian young people during the isolation period, that their faith would remain strong and be an inspiration to their non-Christian friends at this time.

Thursday 23
Pray for the Schools Focus Group. Pray that they will clearly see what God is calling us to as they consider how we develop our resources and training for those in schools.

Friday 24
Gemma Willis (Head of Development Hub) and Jenni Whymark (development worker) were planning to be at a Guildford Diocese Day this weekend, with churches exploring their work with children and young people. Pray that churches who were planning to attend would find inspiration, creativity and energy to reach out to children and young people in their communities.

Saturday 25
Watford Schools Trust were hoping to run a school prayer space this week. Prayer Spaces in Schools have refocused a number of their resources to provide children and young people with prayer activities at home. Pray that children and young people who access these would meet Jesus and grow in faith.

Week beginning 26th April

Sunday 26
Praise God for the impact of the Hope Tour, which has shared the message of Jesus with nearly 9,000 children and young people, inspired churches in Mansfield and Ashfield to develop year-round mission programmes, and strengthened their relationships with local schools.

Monday 27
Ask God to open the hearts and minds of the children and young people who saw the Hope Tour and to receive his love and the hope that he offers through Jesus.

Tuesday 28
Give thanks to God for our other development workers across England and Wales, for their gifts in sharing the gospel with children and young people without church backgrounds so that it makes sense to them.

Wednesday 29
Please pray that God will continue to help all our development workers to build strong relationships with churches and other partners and work with them to put together really effective mission activities for children and young people.

Thursday 30
Ask God to release the resources we need so that we can take on more development workers, and help more children and young people right across the country to discover Jesus and the hope that he offers.

Friday 1
Please pray that God will encourage churches of all kinds to work together more closely so that more children and young people that aren’t in church get to hear the message of Jesus.

Saturday 2
The importance of music in communicating the gospel is featured several times in this edition of Connecting You. Praise God for all those Christian musicians who write and perform songs which help children and young people discover and learn more about Jesus.

Prayers week beginning 3rd May

Sunday 3
In many countries the governments are tightening up anti-conversion rules and making Christian work with children illegal. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in these countries who are still reaching out to the young generation.

Monday 4
Please pray for the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust team as they work from home during this current crisis. It has obviously been a very unusual last few weeks but pray for the team as they look at ways of continuing supporting local schools and pupils remotely. This has included posting pre-recorded Easter assembly messages to a new BSCWT YouTube channel, as well as making alternative plans for helping the year 6 pupils prepare for secondary school, in case their 'It's Your Move' project can't go ahead as planned this term.

Tuesday 5
Please pray for Rooted hubs that will be developing as follow-up from outreach across Anfield in Liverpool. Pray too for Rooted groups across England and Wales who are booked onto the Rooted retreat in September (postponed from June), that this will give them an opportunity to respond to the good news of Jesus.

Wednesday 6
Pray for the teams who would normally be preparing to lead holidays and missions at this time. We are exploring ways of using online channels to host activities and share God’s love with the children and young people who would be attending – pray for creativity, connection and an openness in the young people  to what they hear.

Thursday 7
The Surf Break holiday for 11-to 17-year-olds in Devon, should have been running from tomorrow until Sunday. Pray for the young people who should’ve been attending, for comfort, peace and for opportunities for them to encounter Jesus.

Friday 8
The Families Together holiday at Great Wood would have taken place this weekend, led by Steve and Judy Hutchinson. Please pray for all families at home together, for grace and peace, good relationships and for the love of God to be evident to them.

Saturday 9
Local mission partner Lighthouse in Crawley asks for prayer for the team as they face staff changes, with new team joining and another going on maternity leave. Pray for good, creative and productive relationships.

Week beginning 10th May

Sunday 10
Earlier in the year, SU in German-speaking Switzerland launched Spoken Word, a new project which tells the gospel from the viewpoint of Matthew, combining poetry with music, quotes from the Bible and short movie clips. Pray that through this new programme, many people will get in touch with God’s Word.

Monday 11
Pray for Schools Worker Christopher Baker of local mission partner Christian Initiative to Schools, in his preparation for and taking of assemblies in junior and secondary schools in and around Letchworth Garden City, and for the continued work of lunchtime Christian groups in four secondary schools.

Tuesday 12
Pray for the development of Rooted hubs in Pembrokeshire that will enable young people to explore Christian faith at their own pace with the help of adults who will accompany them on the journey.

Wednesday 13
Please pray for the recruitment of a primary school’s worker to join the team of local mission partner Engage in Woking, who has the heart, passion, gifting and vision. Pray too for the continued growth of Christian Unions in Woking.

Thursday 14
Development worker Jenni Whymark provides support to the Jeremiah Project organised by churches in Portsmouth, which trains young people in leadership in church and community. They are planning an outreach event for summer 2020. Pray that as the young people meet tonight, they will be full of expectation at what God will do, even in the uncertainty of the current situation.

Friday 15
Local mission partner PSALMS, along with the Diocese of Gloucester, would have been running an Olympics Sports Day at Gloucester Cathedral tomorrow. Praise God for the opportunities this project has seen so far, and pray for more as the workers continue to connect with children and young people to share His love through sporting activities.

Saturday 16
Felpham Mission are going through a leadership change for this summer. There is a preparation meeting today. Pray for the new leaders and ask that the team of God’s choice will come together.

 

Week beginning 17th May

Sunday 17
Pray for the rebirth of Scripture Union Trinidad and Tobago’s children’s ministry at a Community Children’s Home in Trinidad. SU Trinidad will be ministering to at-risk children who are wards of the State.

Monday 18
Pray for development worker Neil Jackson who would have been speaking at local mission partner, Missional Generation’s gathering today about ways in which Scripture Union can help them become more effective in building lifelong faith with the 95.

Tuesday 19
Central region team leader Simon Barker has been involved in annual Lifepath events in Olney the past few years. It’s disappointing to have had to cancel these now that schools are closed. Pray for the children and young people who would have come, that they will hear about God’s life-changing love in other ways.

Wednesday 20
Local mission partner Grantham Christian Ministries has relaunched as LightSpace. Pray for them as they train volunteers to work alongside schools worker Jennie Fytche running collective worship, prayer spaces in schools and school clubs.

Thursday 21
The world of technology does not stand still. Please pray for the Guardians of Ancora games design development team who are currently upgrading the app and changing the way it is released to meet new app store requirements – essential but invisible work to keep the app working at peak performance.

Friday 22
Local mission partner Matlock Area Schools Trust is in a time of transition and development. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as they plan for recruitment and training of new workers, and for a clear vision of their core role to take Bible-based assemblies into schools.

Saturday 23
The Impact community mission week would start in Romford today, with children and young people doing community outreach through a holiday club, family fun day, sports mission and more. Pray that they’ll find ways to outreach to their community anyway, so that people in the area will see the love of Jesus and that those who take part will grow in faith.

Week beginning 24th May

Sunday 24
It has been ten years since the coup in Honduras left the country with a corrupt and drug-linked government. People are fleeing to other countries and there is much discontent throughout the population. SU Honduras asks us to pray for justice and a return to peace.

Monday 25
This week we shall focus on the work of the south east region who have a vision to see children, young people and whole communities transformed through sports ministry across the city of London. Pray that churches will be encouraged to use sport as an evangelistic tool.

Tuesday 26
Pray that the South East Team will be able to create new opportunities for the 95 to explore faith in a way that is fun and relevant, getting alongside churches to encourage fresh ways of sharing the good news of Jesus through clubs, events, sports and crafts, in schools, at church and in community spaces.

Wednesday 27
Please pray for all those working in schools in the south east, that they would have opportunities to be a light and witness. Pray for local mission partners who are faithfully serving schools and sharing the good news of Jesus.

Thursday 28
Pray for all the churches who are seeking to reach out to the 95 in the south east, and for more opportunities for the team to join with churches in long-term initiatives to reach the 95. Pray for courage as they step out in faith to try new ways to share faith.

Friday 29
Please pray for the South East Team as they seek to find ways to help children and young people grow in faith as they respond to Jesus.

Saturday 30
Pray that churches in the south east region will grow in confidence and vision as they reach out to those who do not know Jesus, so that children and young people will experience the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ for themselves.

Week beginning 31st May

Sunday 31
Pray for the preparations for the orientation course that will be held in Guinea in September 2020 for Francophone West Africa.

Monday 1
Local mission partner Future Vision, who work in Sudbury, Suffolk, is delighted to have a new worker, Nicki Dixon. Pray for her as she settles in and works alongside Lesley Mitchell developing prayer spaces and as she takes on a new school which has just signed up.

Tuesday 2
The Quantum holiday aims to help young people grow in their faith and to become confident sharers of their faith. Please pray for wisdom as the team plan for this summer, seeking to grow the holiday and incorporate the older young people into leadership roles.

Wednesday 3
Local mission partner Archway Trust organises Pizza, Praise and Puppets for unchurched families, on the first Sunday afternoon of every month. After a recent session covering the stories of Hidden Treasure and A Precious Pearl from Matthew 13, one child wrote: ‘Dear God you are brave and strong. Please live in my life for ever and ever. Amen.’ Please pray for that child, who is known to God.

Thursday 4
Local mission partner Milton Keynes Bridgebuilder Trust gives thanks for new office administrator Ellie and new schools worker Amy. Pray for wisdom as they look to recruit a further schools worker, more volunteers and more trustees.

Friday 5
Pray that the Scripture Union ONE Conference this weekend will be a time of inspiration which leads to fresh vision and future initiatives, that there will be a sense of unity, an awareness of God’s presence, a focus on Jesus and a confidence in the guiding of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday 6
Pray that the Rooted group at Todmorden High School, facilitated by local mission partner Christians in Calderdale Schools, will be effective and sustainable.

Week beginning 7th June

Sunday 7
Scripture Union Ecuador asks us to pray for the expansion of the Christian Floorball League, for coaches and equipment in different locations and cities. Workers are excited to begin this interactive and effective ministry with local youth.

Monday 8
The south west regional team play an active role in Creation Fest, an annual event in Cornwall. Pray for the planning of different missions into several towns and beaches over the festival which takes place in August.

Tuesday 9
Pray for the preparations for a new families’ holiday for those who have adopted or who foster, called All Together Now, which takes place at Great Wood next month. It is planned to be a time when those who need it can find support and help in the difficulties that fostering and adoption often bring.

Wednesday 10
Pray for development worker Neil Jackson as he builds a team to plan for a new residential holiday which will be taking place this summer at Moor House Adventure Centre near Durham.

Thursday 11
Give thanks for Matt Smith, South West Youth Ministries trainee based with Regional Team Leader Margaret Lilley in Bristol. Pray for Matt as he studies at Moorlands Bible College and works it out practically with Scripture Union in Bristol.

Friday 12
Each Friday morning, Trevor Ranger of local mission partner Synergy supports the staff at Walter Powell Primary School in the Wiltshire village of Great Somerford. He is also a mentor to a number of the KS2 boys and leads the school choir. Pray for him as he goes into the school today.

Saturday 13
Go Wild Clubs originally started in a couple of schools in North Devon. Pray for opportunities to develop the material and share it nationally leading to the development of more clubs which will enable children to discover God in his creation.

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