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A monthly Prayer Diary for the Parish of St James Burnopfield with Dipton

“Pray in the Spirit at all times” Ephesians 4:18a

St Paul explains to us that as Christians it is our pleasure, but also our duty to pray. Christ too took Himself away to quiet places to pray to His Father, God.


We currently hold one service a week, a spoken Eucharist each Sunday at 11am.  As we are currently in an interregnum this will be carried out by a visiting priest. On some Sundays the service may be limited to Morning Prayer. On the first Thursday of the month morning prayer will be conducted.


Ways to Pray

There are many ways to pray

In your prayers you may like to use the following basic structures

  1. Prayer for the day and its tasks: Prayer for the World and its need: Prayer for the church and her life.
  2. Say sorry to God: Say thank you to God: Say please to God.

You can pray holding a cross, or a stone, or with beads or a rosary. You can look at a picture, or icon, or a view. You can go for a walk. You can pray with, or without words.

Please use the prayer diary below as you see fit during your daily times of prayer, there are 31 sections, so one area of church life that you may decide to focus upon each day.

Date Area of church life
1 Vicar
2 Churchwardens
3 Reader
4 Authorised Pastoral Assistant
6 Organist and choir
7 Liturgical Assistants, Eucharistic Ministers and servers
8 Sidespeople and welcomers (Baptisms, weddings, funerals)
9 Readers and intercessors and those who prepare service sheets
10 8am congregation
11 10.45am congregation
12 Messy Church helpers and attendees
13 Julian Prayer Group
14 Still Service congregation
15 Thursday service congregation
16 Dipton Manor Care Home Service
17 Leazes Hall Care Home Service helpers and attendees
18 Church cleaners and flower arrangers
19 The Friday Coffee morning helpers and attendees
20 The Mother’s Union
21 The Men’s Group
22 Those to be baptised in the parish and those who have been
23 Those who are to be married in the parish and those who have been
24 Those who have been recently bereaved in the parish
25 Those who receive Home communion
26 Those who maintain the website and Facebook page
27 Retired clergy who serve the parish
28 Deanery Synod, the Area Dean and other Deanery Clergy
29 The Bishops and Archdeacons
30 The worshipping community at St Margaret’s Tanfield
31 Everyone who has visited St James’ church this year

If you want to know more about prayer within the Church of England then

click on this link for help & ideas on Prayer

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