September Ordinations3rd September 2023
Three services of ordination will take place in the month of September (one postponed from August).
- Pray for the deacons to be ordained presbyter (OLM) on Sunday 3 September in St Saviour’s Dollingstown: Revd James Crockett for Braniel Church Plant and Ross Munro for The Gathering (Titanic).
- Pray for Andrew Frame who will be ordained deacon (OLM) on Sunday 10 September in Knocknagoney Church where he will serve his internship.
- Pray for David (Dave) Thomas who will be ordained deacon on Sunday 17 September in St John’s Orangefield for an internship in Mount Merrion.
- We ask God for wisdom, grace and the anointing of the Holy Spirit for James, Ross, Andrew and Dave as they enter a new phase of ministry.
September Mission with Greg Downes10th September 2023
Our Bible Week speaker, Revd Greg Downes, will be with us for the month of September. During this time Greg will speak and minister at events around the diocese. Everyone is welcome!
- Pray for Greg as he prepares to preach at multiple events – for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, daily refreshment and stamina.
- Pray for Greg’s family at home – his wife Tammie and daughters Anastasia and Trinity.
- As we meet together, we ask that God would move in power to heal, to convict and to draw people to himself.
- Please pray that many would become disciples of Jesus.
- Pray for a blessing on our host churches.
Newtownards: Movilla17th September 2023
Joint Ministers: Revd Alan Peek and Revd Michael Spence
Movilla Abbey Church became a fully united and functioning Anglican & Methodist Community in October 2021, with a new Leadership Team and merged finances from January 2023.
- Please pray for our Leadership Team and our two ministers to hear and respond to the voice of the Lord in both mission and maintenance. Pray for Michael as he prepares to move to a new post in Glengormley in June 2024, and for Alan and the others in transitioning well.
- For our Kids and Youth work. We had a hugely successful Summer Kids Club, attracting over 100 kids and youth to our morning and evening events, and we are looking to grow a more established weekly discipleship and outreach programme in the autumn. Pray for our Sunday Kids Team Leaders starting a new term, and Gareth & Bethany McBurney who will be pioneering some new youth initiatives.
- For our new monthly ‘House of Worship’ Sunday evening events. In June 23 we experimented with four fortnightly ‘Worship Rooms’ style events and were encouraged by the attendance. We plan to extend these into the autumn – pray for these evenings to be a significant place for people to encounter God’s presence.
- For our Hospitality Ministry. Our Wednesday Coffee Shop and Seniors Lunches have grown in popularity as gathering and connecting spaces for many people inside and outside the church community. Pray for this to grow and deepen in the coming months and for our Hospitality Team led by Barbara Haughan.
- For our outreach to the community of the Bowtown Estate, that God will guide us and resource us to meet the needs of this amazing neighbourhood in a sustainable kingdom–shaped way.
Encounter 30th September 2023
A morning for women in Down and Dromore on Saturday 30 September, hosted by Hilary McClay.
- We give thanks for the overwhelming response and that the event is full.
- Please pray that we will encounter God in a new way as we gather for worship, teaching, ministry and food.
- Pray for our speakers Susan Heaney and Nicola Moy as they prepare to bring God’s word to us.
- Pray for Jude Frame and the band leading us in worship.
- Pray for Hilary and the small diocesan team who are planning the next event scheduled for February 2024.