Our Week of Prayer:

3rd Jan 2022  to  9th Jan 2022

Our Mission:

Know Christ, Grow in Faith, Go to the World

Our Church Text for 2022:

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Thank you for joining us in prayer as we enter this new and exciting phase of our ministry in and from Freshbrook in 2022.  Let’s humbly seek God’s blessing through the empowering of His Holy Spirit in all that we do in service of Him.  May our thoughts and plans be aligned completely with His.

Let’s take this opportunity to listen for His quiet, gentle prompts.  We’ve therefore left plenty of space in this prayer guide for you to make notes, doodle, draw, or be as creative as you wish.  

Please do make notes of any promptings from the Holy Spirit that you hear, feel or sense.  And, if it’s appropriate, please share them by emailing:  Prayer@freshbrook.org 

All submissions here will be collated and considered together to build a picture of how God may be leading and guiding us.

As a leadership team, we believe prayer is the basis of our personal relationship with “Our Father in Heaven”.  But we also believe there is added power when; “two or three gather in” His name.  We’ll therefore provide opportunities through this week to meet to pray together.  Starting on Monday 3rd Jan, there will be an opportunity to join a 30-minute Zoom call at 07.30 each day and an hour Zoom call at 19.30 each evening.

Please email office@freshbrook.org to receive the Zoom details.

We’ll close the week of prayer with a “Shared Sunday Supper” followed by a service of celebration as we worship and feedback together.

Each Day

Following the commissioning of Dave Davison, pray:

  • that he settles well into his new role as Lead Pastor.
  • that he clearly hears and follows God’s leading.
  • that he follows Jesus model of servant leadership.
  • Pray for his support and accountability team:
    • Simon & Liz King
    • Alan Martin

Pray also for our:

  • Elders as they lead and oversee the spiritual life and direction of the church
    • Dave D
    • Alan M
    • Ray C
    • Mike G
  • Deacons as the manage the practical aspects of the church
    • Chris Davison, Office Manager and Elder’s Secretary
    • Steve Cox, Treasurer and Church Administrator 
    • Nic Cox, Catering Deacon 
    • Mark Wood, Mercy Ministries Deacon
    • Graham Bennett, H&S & Buildings Deacon
  • Pray for our search for an Associate Pastor
  • That God would lead us to the right man.
  • That God would prepare the way for a smooth transition.
  • That God would unite the leadership team with a common purpose and understanding of His will.

Monday

Open the Book – Liz Rabbit

  • Pray for safety as we go into schools.
  • Pray for the staff and children who watch the stories, that they will remember them and take on board the lessons.

Pastoral Care – Pauline Palmer

  • For a deeper sense of God’s love, care, and compassion.
  • The power ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit so as to be more effective in reflecting Jesus to those in need. 
  • For vision and strategy and for all generations to be involved in the pastoral network. 
  • For wisdom and grace to build on the relationships already established in Windmill Court and to increase the links with Elsie Hazell Court and folks on the fringe.

Our Mission and Vision

  • Pray that our mission statement may be fulfilled in and through us personally and as a church community
  • Pray for our vision and how we connect our mission to those around us.

Our theme text

  • “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”   2 Corinthians 4:18
  • As God has set this verse on our hearts pray that we might come to understand it more completely in our lives as the year passes. 

Tuesday

Little Freshers – Rebecca Horn

  • Give thanks for the families and childminders that have been since restarting in September.
  • Pray for the good relationships and significant conversations.
  • Pray that Little Freshers will be a steppingstone for families to engage with other church activities, e.g., B@9.
  • For little ones who haven’t had the opportunity to mix and develop due to the lockdowns; it has also been a lonely time for many new parents. 
  • Pray that we will be able to continue running the group in a safe way and have enough helpers.

Tuesday Fellowship – John Cairns

  • Pray that COVID will not lead to further restrictions, limiting the informal times of fellowship.
  • Pray for all those involved in making the Tuesday sessions as lively and interesting as possible.  Particularly those with responsibility for leading sessions (Alan Bailey, John Cairns, Pauline Palmer and Simon King).
  • Pray for the various speakers 
  • Pray for those who work in the background (Pat and John Hacker) & those who provide refreshments (Carole Carter)
  • Pray for the thirty+ who come along each week and offer their support in so many ways.
  • Pray that the meeting continues to grow and appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds; helping them to become passionate, courageous, and determined to lead lives that honour God and advance His Kingdom.

Home groups – John Cairns

  • Pray that the latest spike in COVID infections will not lead to further restrictions on people meeting together in person.
  • Pray that everyone in the church will commit themselves to a Home Group, where we can enjoy closer relationships and grow together in the Christian Faith.
  • Pray for each of the Home Group leaders as they seek to organise sessions to study the Bible, pray, support, and encourage one another.
    • Freshbrook: Kevin and Maggie Crouch
    • Grange Park: Michael and Liz Rabbitt
    • Lydiard Park: Mark and Laura Wood
    • Old Town: Roy and Julia McNaughton
    • Royal Wootton Bassett: Alan and Rachel Martin
    • Westlea: Paul Scott
    • Wroughton: John and Rosemary Cairns

Freshbrook Food Distribution Point (Foodbank) – Julie B + Steve C

  • Pray for those struggling to feed themselves and their family, especially with the rise in fuel costs. Many of those who come for support pay for fuel via a top up utility meter which is taking the money that they would use for food.
  • Continued good health for the team and that the team will continue to work well together.
  • Pray that the clients will be open to the Gospel and invitations to other activities at the church.
  • That we would be able to demonstrate the love of God with clients when they attend.
  • That we would always have time and patience to speak to all clients.

Wednesday

Mercy Ministries – Mark Wood

  • Night Shelter – Pray for the team as they come alongside and try to support the homeless and vulnerable in our community.
  • Safe Families for Children
  • Street Pastors – Pray for the team as we prepare to re-launch in Jan/Feb 2022 after an enforced 2 year sabbatical
  • Swindon Food Collective
  • The Harbour Project
  • Refuge Shelters

Wednesday Prayer – Ray Cheung

  • It’s a real joy to pray for the fellowship and for the wider world. We praise and thank God that it’s Him who motivates us on Wed mornings!
  • Our prayers to be a blessing to the fellowship.  To help it Know, Grow, and Go!
  • For more and younger people to join with us in prayer.

Missionaries

Steve and Moira Poulson (serving the Bee people in Senegal from their base in North Cotes)

  • Steve’s ongoing Bible teaching ministry via WhatsApp and SD memory cards – currently based on Acts.
  • Distribution of this teaching on the ground – people are very hungry for it
  • Moira’s ongoing Bible translation of the New Testament into the Bee language
  • 1000s of Bee’s to come to faith and form local churches

Anna Poulson (serving in Senegal)

  • Wisdom in prioritizing her various duties:
  • Manager of the mission guesthouse – many duties including maintenance and repairs to oversee on tight budget
  • Organising taster trips for would be missionaries
  • Involvement in local church, particularly with youth and music
  • Involvement in missionary workshops and their organisation

Phil and Maria Brown (serving in Colombia)

  • Ministering and caring for many hard-pressed pastors in Colombia
  • Vision of purchasing a property to serve as ministry and retreat centre for these hard-pressed pastors and finance for this
  • Involvement in “Decade of Discipleship” in Colombia – building up of disciples and outreach
  • Ongoing work of their school, teaching English, which doubles as a form of outreach

Yvette Tchoumou

  • Transition back to civilian work – to get onto the Return to Practice training as a nurse
  • Her girls Sara and Esther to grow in faith and to do well in an important school year for them both

Liv Village (Durban – South Africa)

  • Pray for wisdom for the leadership
  • Pray for protection over the village
  • Pray for the mothers and their children
  • Pray for funding at a time when finances are especially difficult

Thursday

Women’s Ministry – Hazel Furze

  • For a strong team which is able to work together easily and for the benefit of all women in the church.

Ladies Bible Study – Sheila Quantrill & Liz Rabbit

  • Please pray that we won’t just be readers of God’s Word, but doers too!
  • Pray that we will be able to support one another through difficult times.
  • God would keep us fresh and moving forward in whatever plans He has for us.

Lectio Divina – Hazel Furze

  • That we would continue to be blessed and that more people would be able to join us at 7am on a Thursday.

Men’s Prayer – Simon K

  • That each of the men will feel supported and encouraged by the mutual fellowship and care for each other.
  • Praise God, as we see many answers to our prayers, knowing that ‘our labour in the Lord is NOT in vain’! 
  • That more men would realise the vital role we can play and come and join us!! 

Ladies Book Club – Hazel Furze

  • That the ladies would continue to enjoy the books and find them a blessing and a challenge.

Friday

Snack & Chat – Julie D & Ruth P

  • Thanks for consistent good numbers between 30 to 50 regular people joining us.
  • Thanks for a number of new people coming along. Pray we will be able to share our faith with them and encourage them to come to faith.
  • Thank you for those who attended the ALPHA Course and pray that others will join the next course.
  • Thanks for the opportunity for meaningful conversations, pray that this will continue, especially in support of those who are lonely or suffering from mental health problems.

Open House Lunch – Alan B & Steve C

  • Pray that the new team will gel and work together well
  • Pray for connections to be built into our local community
  • Pray that the evangelical talks will be well received and lead to significant conversations

Unite Youth Group – Mike G, Lauren W & Amelia S

  • Pray for continued deepening of Faith. From conversations with some of our YP, some don’t understand when they read the bible. Do pray for us as we seek to share practical ways to read and understand the bible, but ultimately for the Holy Spirit to help them understand as they read His word. 
  • It’s been great to have more young people come along, Praise God for growth of the group, and pray for courage for existing young people to invite friends.
  • Pray for summer camps, following the closure of Soul Survivor in 2019, we are planning on taking our YP to a new festival called Satellites this summer. Historically these camps have been a huge blessing to the young people that have gone.

Saturday

D2D Team – Ray C

  • For the Spirit to blow in the direction of Freshbrook and Grange Park. Nobody comes to faith without him
  • Hearing God’s prompting as we engage with people on the doors
  • For the seeds already sown (conversations and literature) to grow even while we sleep (Mark 4:26-29)
  • Ultimately, we want hundreds and hundreds of people saved in our community!

Men’s curry club – Ray C

  • The blessing of enjoying each other’s company
  • For friends and neighbours to feel free to join us
  • For this to metamorphosise into more of an outreach opportunity

Catering – Nic Cox

  • Prayer for wisdom and grace as we oversee the vital work of the catering team in supporting many of our outreach and social events throughout the year.

Alpha – Graham Bennett

  • Pray for the guests from the most recent course, that they will continue to grow in tier daily walk with the Lord.
  • For Wisdom as we look to disciple this group through the Bible Course in coming weeks and integrate them into the wider fellowship.
  • For wisdom in planning a program for future courses.  Particularly for staffing and guests. 

Sunday

Services co-ordinator – Sheila Q

  • Pray that God who would have the say in who leads and preaches and sensitivity to His leading!
  • Pray for those who take part would be refreshed and excited about sharing God’s word.

B@9 – Dave Davison

  • For the team as we lead B@9
  • For the families who attend.
    • that they may come to faith and deeper relationship with God
  • For increasing contact with more families
    • and for a path into church for established families

Stewarding – Graham Furze

  • Everyone will feel welcome and informed on arrival and cared for during their visit to church, whether they are a new or regular attendee.
  • Stewarding will be seen as a joy and delight and a way of working together with others in the worship of the Lord.

10.30 Service – Dave Davison

  • For everyone who contributes to a Sunday service, that they might be faithful, fruitful, a blessing to others, and refreshed in themselves. That they might hear God speaking to them and through them whether they preach or make coffee
  • For those leading and speaking in the coming Sunday mornings.
  • For musicians and AV team.
  • For growth through our connection with our local community.

Music – Mike Rabbit

  • For Mike as he takes the lead on organising our musicians and worship rota.
  • For all our musicians that they would be refreshed in the Lord and lead us into His presence for His honour and our blessing.

Creche – Rosie B

  • Pray that we will build friendships with the parents and their children
  • Pray for more helpers to join the team

Urban Saints – Liz Rabbit

  • Pray for our children to learn more about Jesus, and to enjoy their classes and each other’s company.
  • Pray especially for the leaders of the younger group, which has a very diverse range of ages and ability.  There is also an issue with sporadic attendance which makes planning difficult.

Young Adults Group – Mike Gresham, George Q & Lauren Wood

  • Many of us are at the start of further education, careers, looking for places to live, relationships, etc. That we would seek first His Kingdom in all that we do, and not fall away or become distracted by the temptations of the world. 
  • We’ve had a great opportunity to connect with unchurched, and those who have not been actively a part of church for some time. Pray that God would soften/capture hearts and reignite flames that were once there, as we seek to build community and live out the gospel with each other.

Quick reminder of the weeks’ plan

When His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray,

“He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

Luke 11:2-4
DayDateTime WhatHost
Monday03-Jan07:3030 min ZoomRay Cheung
Monday03-Jan19:3060 Min ZoomSteve Cox
Tuesday04-Jan07:3030 min ZoomRay Cheung
Tuesday04-Jan19:3060 Min ZoomSteve Cox
Wednesday05-Jan07:3030 min ZoomRay Cheung
Wednesday05-Jan19:3060 Min ZoomAlan Martin
Thursday06-Jan07:3030 min ZoomRay Cheung
Thursday06-Jan19:3060 Min ZoomSimon King
Friday07-Jan07:3030 min ZoomRay Cheung
Friday07-Jan19:3060 Min ZoomDave Davison
Saturday08-Jan07:3030 min ZoomRay Cheung
Saturday08-Jan19:3060 Min ZoomMike Gresham
Sunday09-Jan18:00Shared Sunday SupperGraham & Rosie
Sunday09-Jan18:30Service of CelebrationDave Davison

Please email office@freshbrook.org to recieve the Zoom link.

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