...we will be one in Jesus Christ
We come before you Lord with a heart for this city of Bath and the surrounding villages.
We want to discover how we can demonstrate the fact that we who are ‘baptised’ (changed in heart) are all one in Christ Jesus. Show us Lord.
In a world that is ever more polarised and where people have been thrust apart in all sorts of ways by the impact of Covid-19, we pray that we will discover together what being one in Christ (rooted and abiding in him), really means.
Let us confess when we have held ourselves apart from other parts of the one church in this city and beyond.
We commit to positively engaging with those who are different from ourselves, to intentionally strive (as an act of the will) to be in relationship with them, and to be generous towards them.
We acknowledge that we are all simply human beings muddling through this wonderful gift of life. However as Christians we’ve chosen to do so as followers of Jesus – and that’s an exciting and humbling adventure. Thank you Lord.
‘As many of you as were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus’. Galatians 3v27-28
Revd Stephen Girling
...everyone struggling with, or at risk of poor mental health
We are in an epidemic of mental health. In the Bath area, mental health facilities are provided by Charities such as Mind and Off the Record, by local GP’s, and by Specialised Services from Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust.
That as Covid rescinds, people in need of help can access the wide range of services easily and speedily.
May people find peace and hope as experts help them.
And let us pray blessing upon all the staff and volunteers who provide such loving care and support.
Ernie Messer, Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director – AWP Mental Health NHS Trust.
...for all who are struggling during difficult times
Please pray for...
Those who have lost their loved ones due to Covid 19. May they have courage and strength.
Those who are struggling due to the pandemic. May they be brave and have wisdom.
People of our age, continuing with school. May be understanding, and feel included.
Key workers who are keeping the community together. May they be shown gratitude and love.
Everyone working in the support staff in the NHS. May they have peace and resilience.
All in the front line of the NHS. May they receive support and have patience.
Younger generations whose lives have been turned around by the pandemic. May they be shown help and goodness.
Those who are less fortunate than us, and those who can’t see their families. May they be faithful and cared for.
All those who don’t know you yet. May they seek, find and know your love, kindness and grace
Hannah Atkins, Age 13, All Saints, Weston in Bath
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever
...our Church Leaders in the Bath area
that they may be able to gather together in prayer and fellowship
that they may build together a deepening friendship and oneness
that they may share time together, and what they are giving themselves to
that they may be blessed by times of prayer together
believing this is key for God’s kingdom to increase.
...all those in need of food
Food pantries exist to provide long term weekly access to low cost, high quality food.
We support people who are in in food crisis, some of whom may have previously accessed foodbanks, and also aim to prevent people from reaching crisis point. There are now a number in Bath, run by a variety of organisations, and this is an area of rapidly growing need. We have been open since September 2020 and have experienced a significant growth in people needing us. All Saints Church run the Welcome Café and Food Club. Mercy in Action run the Pantry in Twerton.
Please pray for...
for those whose circumstances have been changed dramatically by Covid-19
all of the people currently experiencing food insecurity
the people already accessing long term food support
people who are struggling financially but haven't yet heard about food pantries
all pantry volunteers in B&NES
for systemic change to challenge the acceptance of such high levels of inequality in our country, and to address the root causes.
Claire Henwood, Make Lunch & Oasis Pantry, Oasis Hub Bath
..we have a heart to serve the city
One of the many groups serving the City is the ‘helps ministry’ in Life Church Bath.
Their aim is to encourage and empower this local church to express the love of Christ in good works. So far this includes a regular litter pick in Twerton, working in a community garden, clearing a garden for a vulnerable family, and providing drivers and muscle to deliver food to families and help in the warehouse of Mercy in Action.
They are looking forward to the coming year when they will be able to help other families and work with other churches across the city to meet local needs.
We thank God for the good relationships between the churches in the city, and pray that this relationship will be stronger and closer because of the lockdowns and reduction in activity.
We pray that across the city and surrounding villages, members of our churches will be able to help vulnerable families, and join together in other community initiatives.
Father we thank you that you see your church in Bath as a light to this city. In this next 12 months please let your light shine through our good works. May it shine brightly so that many folk see the light of the gospel, the good news about Jesus.
Please keep reminding us Father there is only ‘one church in Bath,’ and that we your servants will work together, harmoniously conveying your love to this hungry and thirsty world.
Mike Smith, Life Church, Bath
Matthew 5 v 14-15
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
...Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven
In heaven there is total harmony within the Trinity so for the kingdom to come on earth ‘as it is in heaven’ suggests that all believers live together in harmony under the Kingship of the King.
Jesus would be famous in Bath and acknowledged as King
As a community of believers in Bath we demonstrate love and care for one another, for the as-yet unbeliever and for the ‘sojourner’ (visitor).
There would be growing honouring of one another and flowing together among the churches
That churches would pray for and support one another as far as is practical both in word and action, even in finance.
That church leaders would have the grace and wisdom to lead their congregations well, particularly in this challenging Covid environment, and that those in churches would appropriately honour and support their leaders.
...that Bibles will be available for all who need them
"Good news for Everyone " is the new name for Gideons in this country. They give large numbers of bibles and of the HOPE Magazine to many different organisations in our local communities
That Good News for Everyone are able to continue their ministry in lockdown and when circumstances permit
That they are able to present the written word of God - bibles (and the HOPE magazine) - in the traffic lanes of life (including schools, universities, hotels, hospitals, care homes, prisons and elsewhere)
For wisdom and courage to find open doors for the distribution of bibles
For all those in our communities who discover the bible for the first time, that they will learn to love the word of God, and give their lives to Jesus
...The Hive at Peasedown St John
Christians from all the churches in Peasedown St John have come together to set up The Hive Community Centre in the village. It’s in a large building on the main street that was previously the B&NES Youth Centre. The Hive is for everyone who live in the Peasedown St John area, providing an excellent space for...
For the youth work at The Hive, for the youth worker and volunteers, and for the young people
That it will be a place where many people can enjoy being together, and where many events and activities can take place
That this will bring wellbeing and community cohesion and support to all who are most in need
For the Community Café that will be operating from the building
For the plans to open the building fully, as soon as the pandemic allows
... The vaccination programme
The vaccination programme is an international priority that affects everyone on earth. In the UK it is progressing faster than in other countries in Europe and worldwide. As this happens, scientists are already working on the next set of vaccines to be effective on future variations of the virus.
We thank you for your love for each one of us Lord, as we seek your blessing and navigate this time together.
We thank you for all those who have developed the vaccines, and who are now manufacturing them in factories worldwide.
We pray that vaccines will reach all those countries that can least afford them, and that the rollout of vaccinations will proceed everywhere as soon as possible.
We pray for all those who are nervous of receiving a vaccine, that false rumours will be overturned, and that everyone possible will receive protection, and lives will be saved.
We pray for all who are coordinating and running the two big vaccination centres in the Bath area at the Pavilion and Bath Racecourse, and the smaller centres too, for the skills, resilience and teamwork that will continue to be required over the months ahead.
We pray for all the volunteers who are supporting our vaccination centres, directing traffic on cold winter days, welcoming and helping people as they arrive, and we thank you for their dedication and commitment. Protect and encourage them we pray.
We thank you that we can now see a staged end to the current lockdown, and we pray that we will all continue to be patient over the months ahead.
...those who are leading people to Jesus
Graham Duke and Simon Guillebaud lead different teams into the middle of Bath on Saturday mornings to engage with passers-by and shoppers, and share the gospel with them. They invariably have incredible conversations and almost every time one or several people decide to follow Jesus. They use the Jesus at the Door materials, with simple steps to making a commitment. www.jesusatthedoor.com
For all who take part, for sensitivity to the Spirit, and anointed sharing
That more of us will decide to join in
For soft receptive hearts, fruitful conversations, and lasting fruit
That people will turn to Jesus every week
Please join in – you are so welcome - please contact Simon at [email protected]
...for volunteers who are working so hard during this pandemic
The Genesis Trust in Bath supports homeless and vulnerable people on their journey from crisis to independence.
Please pray ...
For all those attending Genesis to encounter the love of God, for their lives to be transformed spiritually physically emotionally mentally materially
For all staff and trustees and volunteers supporting all the Genesis Trust projects that are currently active in supporting homeless, hungry and vulnerable people in Bath.
For volunteers who are unable to support us because of the COVID restrictions to know that they are valued. We give thanks for all the volunteers from the Soup Run, Lunchbox and Family Matters.
For continued blessings financially so that we can support people as well as we can with generosity, compassion and kindness.
For wisdom, discernment and clarity as we move into 2021 and need to adapt our projects to meet new and changing situations.
And we give thanks for all the people who have been part of the Genesis Trust journey since the first Soup Run 30 years ago and being founded as a charity 25 years ago.
Steve Hughes, Chaplain, Genesis Trust
Luke 4 v 18 – 19
The spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
...our Maternity Services at the Royal United Hospital
...where many hundreds of babies are born every year, supported by a team of dedicated professionals. We thank you that whatever we are going through, God is with us
Please pray for..
All the midwives, obstetricians, health staff and support staff
For safety, wise decisions and teamwork
For the staff to be valued for all that they do
For mothers to feel that they get good care and that they feel supported in every way
For all the babies born at the RUH to have the best start in life
Jo Skinner, Midwife at RUH Bath
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
...the children who are in need of a loving home
Home for Good is a national Christian charity that encourages adoption and fostering in the Christian community. Their aim is to find a loving home for every child who needs one. Home for Good in the BANES area is part of the Genesis Trust.
That loving homes will be found for every child who needs one in this area
For those considering adopting or fostering children who are in the care system
For those who are caring for kids who have had a tricky start in life, and have brought them into their family
For our church communities as we support families with adopted and fostered children
That every child in the care system will be safe, and find a good home, and be able to live their life to the full
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
...have wisdom in difficult circumstances
Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones, and for all who are finding these times difficult.
For the NHS and for all front line staff, that they may have wisdom and strength.
For those behind the scenes in hospitals, that they may know how much we appreciate them.
And for those who have not yet found the Lord in the path of life. Let them be guided by the Lord’s light.
Abi Atkins. Age 13. All Saints Weston in Bath
1 John 1:5
This is the message that we have heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
...for the clients, the staff and the volunteers of Bath Foodbank
For those needing to use the foodbank for the first time, never thinking they’d be in this position. Let them feel assured and supported.
For those who don’t have a safe place to retreat to as we are all encouraged to stay home and stay safe. Please pray for their safety, and for all our clients that their wider needs would be met.
For those who face constant financial struggles and who are not always able to put food on their tables. Pray that our food parcels make a difference.
For the mental and physical health for our volunteers who have stepped up during these uncertain times.
Angela Jameson – Foodbank volunteer
Compassionate Community is a movement that inspires and supports people in the Bath and North East Somerset area to help each other, by providing an infrastructure that encourages and enables individuals, organisations and networks to work together, with the shared aim of supporting people in need and building strong local communities. www.compassioncb.org.uk
During the last year, over two thousand local people have volunteered to do shopping for their neighbours. Many more are now volunteering to help in the vaccination centres.
For all the volunteers, that they will remain safe and be able to provide much needed support
For people in our area who are vulnerable and shielding, that they will remain safe and get all the help they need
That the vaccination centres will operate well, with excellent teamwork, and with a real welcome for everyone who comes
For the team at Compassionate Community, that they will be able to manage all the requests for help
For everyone working as part of the Community Wellbeing Hub, providing different types of support to people in need, that they will be equipped to answer every call for help
That our local communities will be strengthened, and that the love of God will spread through the City of Bath and the surrounding area.
... the continued and safe education of our children during this COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID 19 Pandemic has brought many difficulties for our education system. We have seen schools open and close with very little time to prepare for the continued and safe education of our children. The wellbeing of teachers, support staff, children and their parents /carers has been challenged to a level that has not been seen before.
Please pray for the Bath area that...
That teachers, support staff, children and their parents / carers stay safe
For patience and perseverance for parents who are having to juggle working from home with the demands of child care and home schooling for their children.
For the wellbeing and resilience for our teaching and support staff in the face of constantly changing circumstances
That teachers and support staff will have the wisdom to identify clear priorities and be able to maintain a reasonable work-life balance
For the Government to have wisdom in their decision-making and that schools and teaching staff will have sufficient time to prepare for the safe and full re-opening of schools
That teachers and support staff will be vaccinated soon
That each day will bring renewed Hope
Derek Hall, Chair of Governors, WASPS School
The Life Recovery Course, which is run by the Genesis Trust in Bath, supports people who are looking for new beginnings and better futures.
Please pray for...
All those on the Life Recovery Courses, that they would feel safe and have the course to keep attending and reflect on their lives and what they want for the future.
For the course facilitators, that they would have the sensitivity and discernment to lead the groups and the understanding, wisdom and knowledge to answer questions.
That in all our interactions and activities we reach people in ways that encourage them to actively seek to develop their wellbeing and spiritual journey
Sue Fourie, Life Skills Manager, Genesis Trust
...the students in our Universities and Colleges
So many of us in Bath are students. With University being such a key time for spiritual transformation, there is an urgency for prayer for these guys. We need to pray for our students, and with our students...
That they fall more in love with Jesus
That they become more like Jesus
That they do the things that he did, with boldness and courage
For revival in the city for our students, that they put their hope in Jesus
For the mental health of our students, especially with everything being shut, and not being able to see anyone
For healing, and that their lives can be restored, and they can be brought back to Jesus
That they have a hunger for reaching the lost
And for the local churches that they are plugged in to
Pray that we might know how to support and encourage our students along the way.
Jodie Lintern Matt Harbour Luisa Hill
Please pray that ...
the few people still sleeping outside in the Bath area will accept help to come in from outside.
for those who have their own home, but find it difficult to manage their finances, keep it clean and deal with all the administration involved. It has been known for some people to go without heating and hot water for more than a year.
for “boaters” (people who live on boats on the canal) who have lost employment and struggling to make ends meet and pay for the required maintenance to keep their boats habitable.
The RUH is pretty full because of the COVID patient numbers who form a significant proportion of all patients. A number of staff are unwell or isolating. Emergency Dept and ward staff are often working lengthened shifts in unusually physically and emotionally challenging conditions. Patients and their families are struggling with consequential family sickness, mental anguish and loss.
Please pray for...
God’s protection and the physical and emotional strength of staff, especially in Emergency and Chaplaincy Departments.
Faith and healing for patients
Encouragement and endurance for families
Timely full recovery for sick and exhausted staff
Energy and hope for residents and patients in Care Homes in the Bath area
...the staff of B&NES Council
This has been a challenging year for all our local service providers, including the officers, members and staff of our Council helping to keep us all safe during the pandemic. We thank you Lord for each one of them, and for all the work that they do.
We pray for...
The general wellbeing and mental health of all our Council staff
Particularly for those working in Adult Services and Children’s Services
Public Health officers, working in partnership with the NHS.
All our Councillors in their roles in their wards and for the whole community
...online support during this COVID-19 Pandemic
Genesis’ Lifeline and Life Skills support vulnerable people in the Bath area online and on the phone during lockdown
That all the phone calls connect with those in need, that they are timely, alleviating loneliness and providing community when community is difficult
That there is restoration and hope for the future.
That they may feel peace and an overwhelming sense of love
That there are opportunities to speak out God’s blessing
That the people we support stay connected and feel able to ask for help
For everyone we support to stay well mentally and to be able to look after their wellbeing
That people avoiding self-medicating with drugs and alcohol during lockdown
Denise Weikert and Matt Prescott, Life Skills Facilitators, Genesis Trust
“The Lord is close to the broken hearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed”. Psalm 34:18
...our students will be resilient
There are many thousands of students who live in Bath and are part of our local community. All have been affected by the events of the past year.
Please pray for...
Students dealing with uncertainty and coping with isolation
Students and staff adjusting to new learning and teaching models
For mental health and wellbeing and for healthy relationships
Transitions as more students come back to Bath after lockdown
Students in their final year facing the pressure of assessments and final exams
Those coping with the disappointment of cancelled placements
Karen Turner, Student Chaplain
...the Furniture Project provides furniture and support to people in the Bath area
For people moving into accommodation for the first time who need support with start-up packs and furniture to make their ‘housing’ into a home
Give thanks for other agencies in the city and how well people and organisations have been working together to support vulnerable people in the Bath area.
Pray for people across the Bath area to have strength for today to get them through their difficulties and bright hope for tomorrow
For favour as we grow the Furniture Project Online Shop, to support people further afield
Hilary Long, Community and Events Manager, Genesis Trust
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3 v 22-23
...that everyone has a home
Having a home is such a basic human need that many take it for granted. Yet there are many people in the Bath area for whom housing is a major challenge...
We pray for...
Those who are homeless, that they may find good homes, and may be supported every step of the way
Those who provide the homes and all the support, including the Council, Housing Associations and charities, that they may work well together to provide all that is needed
Those who are struggling in accommodation that is poor, or does not meet their needs
The University of Bath and Bath Spa University are facing unparalleled challenges at this time.
For wisdom for the management teams in our Universities as they adapt and make plans for the future
For the Chaplaincy teams, as they walk alongside people of many different backgrounds
For CathSoc and the Christian Unions; persevering and showing God’s love in new ways
For protection and health as we all adapt to new ways of living and working
For all, that we might sense God’s presence among us and around us
Karen Turner, Student Chaplain
There is a need for more local people to actively engage in local politics in the Bath area, both now and in the future
That young people in our area will become interested in politics and will start to engage
That there be more education about politics (constitutional matters, electoral procedures etc) in our schools.
That we may be a society that welcomes change and embraces diversity
For the Council as they actively seek to involve more individuals from the community in decision-making.
Shelley Bromley and Ruth Malloy, B&NES Councillors
...families and teachers
There have been many changes that have deeply affected families during the last year, as children are home-schooled while their parents continue to work at home
We pray for families in the Bath area...
Patience and peace in every home
Parents who are now home-schooling
The teachers who work so hard to make it all possible
Protection for all our children, both now, and in the future
...a safe environment
The protection of our environment requires us all to reduce our energy usage through every means available...
For the will and capacity to tackle the climate emergency and the pollution level which blight the lives of so many of our often poorer citizens.
For all involved in encouraging the local economy in the Bath area to develop in more sustainable ways
For those ensuring that all new buildings are energy efficient, and for retrofitting old buildings
Safer public spaces, especially for pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooter riders.
That as residents we may all embrace change in our lives and lifestyles, so we can all look forward to a healthier and more sustainable future
Shelley Bromley and Ruth Malloy, B&NES Councillors
.....Action Pantry and Petra Project
Action Pantry makes nourishing food accessible to people living in some of the most deprived areas in Bath. The hardships associated with Covid restrictions and repeated lockdowns have made our Action Pantry project busier than ever. We now have over 100 families across Bath using the Pantry on a regular basis to access fresh fruit, vegetables and meat as well as cupboard essentials. Our Clothesline project runs alongside the Pantry, providing good quality children's clothing, uniforms, shoes and household essentials to those who need it.
We give thanks:
Please pray for:
Petra provides houses for young mothers and their babies, or pregnant women. We currently have 4 homes in and around Bath, with the capacity to house 18 mothers and their babies who would otherwise be facing homelessness. Our support workers are on hand every day to teach life skills such as money management, cooking and nutrition, to enable independence and self sufficiency. The average residential stay is 14 months. When ready, we support the women in finding new, suitable accommodation for them and their children.
We give thanks:
Please pray for: