Prayer Diary - Autumn 2022
Articles in this issue...
Opening the Word across the generations
“Retirement was looming, and I needed a project with purpose and a sense of mission,” explains Irene Nicholson.
Visionary founders, inspiring staff
All are welcome at 3.30pm on 25 September at a special service in the Cathedral to mark the 250th anniversary of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Integrate Youth for Christ work in Thetford Academy
Steph’s story started locally with voluntary work and developed to charity work, alongside a group of churches in primary schools and high schools in Norfolk.
Called to creation care
Eleven-year-old Madeleine Humphries from Norwich has always been interested in protecting nature.
In 2016 Blessing Chishanu, having grown up in Zimbabwe and studied theology in Namibia, had a call to serve the church in Lowestoft.
Walking with those in grief
“I didn’t feel called to work for TimeNorfolk,” says Lindsey Nettleton, “It felt more of a timely push through an open door!
“Oh God, where are we going today?”
Licensed Lay Worker Carrie Sant’s calling begins by seeking to offer her days to God and to be available where a need is revealed, then stepping out in faith, asking God to lead in filling the gap.
It’s never too late…
“Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised," reflects Elizabeth Hargest who was commissioned as an Authorised Worship Assistant (AWA) just last year, “because leading worship is in my DNA.”
Hospitality and home
“Jesus’ invitation of relationship is based on a metaphor of hospitality,” says Anna Lloyd, quoting Revelation 3:20: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person.”
A space to wrestle and belong
By lunchtime on the day we meet, the Revd Jack Branford has already had his regular meeting with the Headmaster, taught a Year 10 RE lesson and visited the bereaved family with whom he’s planning the funeral of a parent.
A journey of ‘becoming’
The calling to Licensed Lay Ministry in the Church of England is a distinctive one.