Co-Mission Planting prayers
Our three newest plants are all officially launching this coming weekend (25/26 September 2021): Redeemer Queen’s Park; Grace Church Beckenham; and All Nations Church Barkingside and Clayhall. It’s been exciting to witness God at work in these new churches as they’ve prayed, planned and gathered teams. There have been wonderful examples of God’s providence raising up people with gifts and skills to resource these churches as they seek to reach new areas of London with the gospel of Christ.
Please join with us in praying for them as they approach this significant milestone in the life of these churches. Pray that the teams would be bold and courageous as they build relationships with others and share the good news of God’s grace and mercy in Christ crucified. Would God be glorified in Queen’s Park, Beckenham, Barkingside and Clayhall.
GRACE CHURCH BECKENHAM
- The last 18 months has brought so many twists and turns for individuals and churches. We are so grateful God has kept us and brought us to the point where we can launch fully as a church!
- Praise God that he has gathered an amazing, diverse, gifted, godly church family (around 30 adults and 12 kids) committed to reaching out with the gospel of Jesus’ grace in Beckenham and to trusting, serving and becoming like Jesus more themselves.
- Praise God for providing a good first home for us as a church at the ‘Mansion’ at Beckenham Place Park. We won’t be preaching the prosperity gospel (!), but we are able to meet for at least the first 6 months in this venue in the park. It’s definitely got a bit of the shabby-chic about it, but we’re grateful to God for opening this door last minute just as another door closed and for providing a space that meets all our needs at a reasonable price.
- Please pray God would save and grow His people in Beckenham and beyond! So often He wants to teach us more than He wants to use us but we would love to see Him continuing to work whether through us or through others.
- Please pray for our launch service. Pray for Marcus Nodder as he speaks and for the church and its leadership as we commit to trust, preach and live for Christ. Pray that many we invite personally and through flyering in the park would come.
- Please pray for our first term - that we would set healthy patterns of life as a church and as individual Christians. Please pray for our Sundays in John’s gospel to bring growing spiritual life and health, even as we juggle lots of different responsibilities. Pray we would be loving in our welcome of any newcomers (and that there would be some!). Pray we would be active in inviting and investing in non-Christians. Pray for our midweek Grace Groups in homes; our ‘baby cafe’ in the mansion on a Monday, our 4s-11s midweek group (joint with Christ Church Bromley).
- Please pray for our ongoing partnerships. We’re so grateful for our partnerships with the FIEC; Christ Church Bromley (for generous partnership over the last 2 years and individual members helping out as our Sunday gatherings get going); and with Co-Mission (providing seed funding so Adam Shirley can join the team as Associate Pastor and study part-time at Crosslands seminary). Please pray we can be a blessing to those who have been such a blessing to us.
ALL NATIONS CHURCH BARKINGSIDE AND CLAYHALL
Prayers of thanks for
- God's faithfulness in raising up a launch team this last year and providing for all our needs.
- Provision of a great venue in a strategic location - in the hub of the community
- Launch of our Sunday school and mid-week FAB Club that has connected with local young families.
Please pray for
- As we look to develop members gifts for works of service and build ministry teams (music, youth & children, community engagement etc.).
- That we are salt and light in this community - especially in the lead up to Christmas and A Passion for Life Mission.
- We become a church committed to cross-cultural ministry training with a new family having joined us this September from Oak Hill College.