Gracious and loving God, as we recall with joy your faithfulness to us in the Teddington Circuit, we continue to pray for your blessing on these communities in which we serve.
As Teddington, Hampton, Sunbury and East Molesey continue to have a reputation for being wealthy, middleclass areas, the work the churches are doing with referrals for people with acute needs grows and we pray for understanding from government locally and nationally that more should be done in predominantly wealthy areas with pockets of deprivation, where the disparity between the haves and the have-nots is so marked.
We also pray for Hanworth as the rise in drug and gang-related crime has seen three shootings, one fatal in the first months of 2019, with concerns that there will be more.
We pray that Hanworth Methodist Church should continue to be a beacon of hope in the community.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
1. That the work at Hanworth with its new coffee bar extension and centre manager would prosper provide a safe space on the Butts Farm Estate.
2. That volunteers would come forward to replace those who are feeling their age increasingly heavy upon them, many of whom have been leading projects for decades.
3. That the work of Baby Basics and The Extra Mile should continue to thrive in their support of young families and their relationship with statutory organisations that refer them.