A
very Happy New Year! We trust you enjoyed a blessed Christmas, celebrating the
joyful time with family and friends. Some
of our group were privileged to be invited to a number of our schools’ Nativity
plays which is always a wonderful way to end the year.

It
has been our very great privilege to have prayed for all those involved with
our local nurseries, infant, junior and senior schools throughout 2018, as well
as those organisations that are closely linked with the children in the
Spelthorne area – we trust that each have felt uplifted and encouraged by our
prayerful support. We joined with
thousands across Europe in November for the annual Pray Day, when children
ranging from nursery school age right through to university students were
prayed for. We highlighted the day by
sending cards and gifts to those we regularly pray for, all of whom were most
grateful.

……..so
what does 2019 hold? We will each have
our own personal desires and hopes, and as a Schools’ Prayer Group we are
looking forward to what God has been prompting us to engage in this year. Reflecting on 2018 has provided the
opportunity to give thanks for the way God has guided and led us over the past
26 years, especially in establishing a firm foundation of trust and commitment
with our schools – something we value greatly.
Our format has worked well over the years and we have been hugely
blessed by countless amazing answers to prayer.

Whilst
we know that God “is the same, yesterday today and forever”, we are aware that
He is a creative God who encourages us “don’t dwell on the former things,
behold I am doing a new thing”. We sense
that at the start of this NEW YEAR
it is time for A NEW BEGINNING and we are excited to be launching a NEW LOOK Schools’ Prayer Group whereby
we will employ a fresh approach as to how we pray for school staff and also
discern what the children and their families would value prayer for. We
will continue to meet monthly on Fridays
but will alternate day-time (10 a.m. – 12 noon) and evenings (7.30 – 9 p.m.),
and in addition to praying through the received requests, we will have a
specific theme to focus on, all of which we hope will encourage new people to
join us.

January 11th
a.m.
New Beginnings

February 1st
p.m.
Friendships/Relationships

March 8th
a.m.
Mental Health Issues

April 5th
p.m.
Family Life

May 3rd
a.m.
Leadership

June 7th
p.m.
Social Media

July 5th
a.m. Celebrations&
Achievements

If
this is something that interests you and you would like further information,
please contact:

Val Edwards, Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer
Group. E-mail: info@schoolsprayergroup.org

We
would love to have you come on board with us – it promises to be a great ‘ride’
so don’t miss out!