Prayer Focus is a weekly prayer resource that incorporates up-to-date news with prayer that focuses on the people and the places involved in mission in Ireland. All of our deaconesses, chaplains in hospitals, prisons and universities, Home Mission Congregations, our Community Outreach and Irish Mission Workers will benefit from your prayerful support.
Published Wednesday, 21st June 2017
Prayer requests from Presbyterian Mission in Ireland personnel and Home / Urban Mission congregations.
Moderator – Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely
This Sunday, 25th June, the Moderator will be speaking at the morning service in Newcastle Presbyterian Church, and on Tuesday, 27th June he will be attending the reopening of the Chapel at the Mater Hospital in Belfast.
Pray for wisdom and guidance for Noble as he takes part in the above, as well as various other meetings and events.
Phyllis Linton – Deaconess serving in West Church, Ballymena
Give thanks to God for the four weeks of blessing and refreshment Phyllis received during her sabbatical leave in May.
Pray for God's wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit for Phyllis as she does pastoral work with individuals and families in crisis.
Pray that women's ministry will grow in West Church as they begin to consider planning a women's conference next year.
Linzie Cobain – Nightlight worker serving in the Golden Mile area of Belfast
Nightlight works in the Golden Mile, Cathedral Quarter and SSE Arena areas in Belfast, reaching out to those who frequent the entertainment areas of Belfast.
Pray for Linzie as she oversees the work of Nightlight in the Golden Mile area of Belfast.
Pray for safety for staff and volunteers who assist on Friday and Saturday nights. Pray for more volunteers to join the teams.
Pray that God would continue to bless the conversations the Nightlight workers and volunteers have with people they meet.
Rev. Colin Megaw – Chaplain serving in Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre, Bangor
Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre is based in Bangor and caters for all young people, processed through the Youth Courts, between the ages of 11 and 18 years old.
Pray for a Youth Alpha Course being run during July and August in the centre. The course leader is a former resident who will be assisted throughout by the chaplains. Pray that the course will go well and that many young people will be helped in their faith journey through this course and also through ongoing regular visitation.
Colin writes, “The ‘Woodlands House of God’ prayer prompt model and prayer cards may be arranged for your congregation for one month through a request via firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on 028 9185 3780.”
Pray for people to partner in prayer for the children in Woodlands and that by God’s grace we would witness His power at work in the lives of the children.
Pray too that staff will be refreshed as they take some time off during the holiday months.
Ken Doherty – Chaplain in the Mater Hospital, Belfast
Ken writes, “Faith has many different moods, not just from one person to another, but even in any one person at different times or situations.
Sometimes it is strong and sturdy, but sometimes it is weak and vulnerable. It can be vocal, but it can also be quiet. It can be content, but it can also be very anxious.”
Pray that Ken and other healthcare chaplains will have the sensitivity to recognise the many faces of faith, so that they may speak or listen appropriately.
Pray for those who appear to have no faith at all.
Pray for those who are slow to believe.
Pray for the partnership of the chaplain and the home congregation, that it will be seen to be close and that it will be effective.
The Living Room (Cliftonville Church Plant) – Rev. Dario Leal
Pray for the weekly Bible studies. Pray that those who attend may be built up, encouraged in their faith and love for the Lord.
Pray that Dario and the members of the congregation may be effective in bringing hope to people in the local community.
Howth and Malahide Presbyterian Church – Rev. Alastair Dunlop
Thank God for a few new families who are attending on Sundays.
Pray for the following events and that they will bear fruit for the gospel:
Clongriffin Football Camp (22nd to 24th June) – for children aged 6 to 12 years, thanks to Ambassadors Football. Pray for families in the area to connect with the weekly Sunday afternoon ‘Pop-up church' in Clongriffin.
Spark - (19th to 23rd June) - young people serving the community, in the name of Jesus.
Summer Soul (25th June to 1st July) - great teaching, fun and fellowship for teenagers (affiliated with the Dublin Gospel Partnership).
Going Bananas (14th to 18th August) – a holiday Bible club.
Tullamore and Mountmellick Presbyterian Churches – Rev. William Hayes
Pray for the life and witness of the Home Mission congregation of Tullamore and Mountmellick.
Pray for Rev. William Hayes, the elders and members of the congregation as they continue to reach out to the local communities.