Members of St John’s in need of prayer, Thursday 21st August

If you would like your prayer request to be included in this list please email Stella  or phone The Church Office on 0121 427 4601


Reay Mackay (brother of Judith Mackay)
Reay was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year. All appeared to be well, he had a reversal of his stoma and was not due for another check up until December. However, a routine scan last week revealed he has cancer in his liver and lungs. This is a shock as it was unexpected. He will start a course of chemotherapy shortly.  Judith says: “I’d be grateful if people could pray that he does not have too many side effects; and for wisdom in the decisions he has to make about his treatment.”

Ralph Thompson (Father of Jeremy Thompson)
Jeremy updated us on 12th August: “Ralph has now been moved to Bridgwater Community Hospital.  The cellulitis infection in his leg has responded to antibiotics but his mobility has deteriorated significantly. Therapists are working with Ralph to help him to stand and will then help him to walk with a frame.   It is likely to be at least another 10 days before he is fit to return home and then a ‘package’ of carers will be needed”  Ralph was initially taken into hospital on Saturday 26th July.

Tom and Molly Walker
Molly was been taken into hospital on 13th August  having suffered a stroke yesterday .  Please pray for Tom and Molly at this difficult time.


Antony has sent an update to the request re Children’s group leaders from last week – see below dated 14th August

“A short note to encourage your continuing prayer for more leaders and helpers for our Sunday morning children’s groups. We have recently been encouraged that various people have offered ad hoc help and one person has come forward to co-lead Miracle Makers – which was a particularly acute need. There is still need for more leaders and helpers however to ensure that the vision and potential for the work with children is fulfilled. We are approaching particular people in this regard and the note below has recently been forwarded to C group leaders seeking their prayer and suggestion of others whom God may be calling.

“Please do continue to pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into this important part of his harvest field.

“Please pray too that the Lord will draw the right person to take up the Youth Pastor position. The closing date for applications is 29th August and interviews are planned for September 14th.”

Please could you pray about a particular issue within the life of St John’s. As you know, we have well over 100 children involved in our children’s groups on a Sunday morning, ably led by a gifted and committed group of people who serve faithfully and creatively week by week. However, this group of people is very small relative to the number of children that we have, and they carry a heavy load week by week, and we have reached something of a critical point.

14th August: As a team we are praying that God would raise up more leaders to come and join in with the children’s ministry and wonder if you would pray with us too. We have a number of needs, but are really looking for people who can carry the vision for children’s ministry and bring experience and skill in nurturing and discipling children. Alongside week by week helpers, we are looking for someone who can help lead the Strong Towers team (pre-school), and some co-leaders for Mighty Warriors (4-6) and Miracle Makers (7-9). The Mighty Warriors and Miracle Makers groups are quite large with 30 and 40 children in them respectively, so this requires leaders who are happy up-front with that number of children.

We would really value your prayers and if you know of anyone that you think would be the kind of person that we are looking for, or that God may be nudging into children’s ministry please could you let us know so that we can have a conversation with them.


Barbara Moore (mother of Peter Moore)
Barbara Moore (aged 82) sustained broken bones and other injuries following a serious road traffic accident on Saturday 28th June. Pete and Lesley write: “Surgery following the accident went well and she is now out of hospital but faces a while yet in a surgical collar. The doctors are happy with her progress. Her social services team are supposed to have a care package in place. We can only thank God because things could have been much worse. Mum could still do with prayer that she gets the balance right between being good to herself but careful and racing ahead towards full recovery.”   Thank you for all your prayers.

Elinor Smith
Pray for the family and friends of Elinor Smith whose funeral service was held at St John’s on Tuesday 12th August.

Thelma Jones
Pray for Thelma for good recovery from a chest infection and for Jackie Eldred.

Marjorie Featherstone
Pray for Marjorie as she undergoes a course of weekly chemotherapy.  Pray also for Paul and the family at this time.


Lesley Osborn
Pray for Lesley and her on-going health needs.

Audrey Grey (sister of Irene Elias)
Pray for Audrey who is seriously ill. She was widowed last December and now finds that she has an advanced cancer.

Carers Pray for those in our church family who take care of others.

Housebound members of our our fellowship, and those in Nursing Homes eg Ruth Spalton and Joan Benham .

Pray for Church members no longer able to attend.



12th Aug 2014 Posted in: Hidden Posts by Stella Jennings 0

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