Prayer Diary - Spring 2023
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Nurturing through Zoom
“Try Zoom!” her son-in law suggested as lockdown began. Fiona Newton, a priest in the Benefice of Stiffkey and Bale, was longing to reach those suddenly cut off from church and from each other.
Rooted in faith
In churches and schools across the diocese a number of young people are confirmed each year. As they take this step, we want to encourage them to deepen their faith and develop helpful spiritual practices.
A nurturing environment for growth
“I wanted to offer something last year to mark the ‘Prayerful’ focus of the Diocesan Vision,” writes Eleanor Langan, Rector of St Helen’s, Norwich and Chaplain of The Great Hospital, “so I invited Susanna Gunner to lead her “Pondering Prayer” morning here.
Nurturing the whole person
WarmSpaces are sadly now commonplace and when All Saints’ Mundesley set up theirs, the focus was initially on providing food and warmth with a free hot two-course meal, aimed particularly at families.
Take my yoke upon you…
People face many challenges as they adjust to a terminal illness. Chaplains work within the team of hospice specialists who assist people to live as well as they can by managing symptoms, offering spiritual and emotional support and promoting the best possible quality of life.
Faith in the family
Supporting the faith of children in the home can be challenging. The Revd Tony Heywood shares what he does with his family: -
Eco Church journey
“Starting the journey may seem daunting,” says John Greenaway, Earlham parish’s Eco Church co-ordinator, “but the secret is to take things step by step.
Encouraged to step out in prayer
“When I was asked to lead the prayers, I was horrified” says Eddie, member of St Helen’s, Costessey. “Was I afraid of getting it wrong? Was I too comfortable with reduced responsibility? Hearing that it was to help more men be involved in prayer challenged me.
A royal anointing
On Saturday, King Charles III will be anointed. In the UK, anointing monarchs with oil probably began with King Edgar’s coronation in 973. But much earlier than that, the Old Testament describes the royal anointing of Saul, David, Solomon and Jehu. So what might this ancient sacrament mean?
Being part of something beautiful
How do you make the most of the opportunities around preparing for marriage, both in practical aspects and in exploring the self-giving and on-going love of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Sometimes, overseas projects and appeals may seem too far away or even difficult to relate to. But we are called to nurture our neighbours overseas, to care for and protect them as part of a global family, loved by God and made in his image.
A godmother’s nurture
Ruth Vaughan, church warden at Christ Church, Eaton, has four god-children. It’s a while since their baptisms and they’re now young adults but, as well as praying for them, she still does her best to be a nurturing Christian presence in their lives.