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​CARL – Rural Isolation

Many people have a dream of getting back to nature, having a place in countryside or finding their own little piece of Eden. However the reality of living in “the sticks” can sometimes be very different than the idyllic dream we have. 

The old community hubs are fewer now, many local shops have closed, farming is facing crisis after crisis, there are less pubs and churches find it hard to fill the rural pews. 

Please pray all these situations and for the elderly as they battle with the isolation of living alone. Pray for farmers who find their livelihoods being eroded. Pray for the work of rural clergy who often minister to many congregations over a wide area and pray for the future of the many talented young people who grow up in the countryside. Take time as well to ask God what He would have you do, remember “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26). 

Maybe you could visit the lonely, encourage a passion for rural life in others, seek new ways to bring the life and love of Christ to those in your congregation or simply give thanks to God the vibrant beauty and wonderful diversity of this green and pleasant land. 

Pray for all those who live and work in the countryside. 

Stourbridge Deanery - Rural Dean: Andrew Sillis; Lay Chair: John Nicholson 

Diocese of Skara (Sweden): Bishop Åke Bonnier 

Diocese of Leeds (formerly West Yorkshire & the Dales): Bishop Nick Baines with Bishops Tony Robinson (Wakefield), James Bell (Ripon), Toby Howarth (Bradford), Jonathan Gibbs (Huddersfield), Paul Slater (Richmond) 

Diocese of Osun North East (Nigeria): Bishop Humphery Olumakaiye

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​Amblecote Holy Trinity

Please pray that we might engage well with God’s mission in this parish and that many
may come to Christ through our words and actions. For our ALM Pat Overfield and
Reader in training Mary Phillips. Clergy: Alan Williams; Readers: Lyn Jenkins, Liz Walker 

Diocese of Oru (Nigeria): Bishop Geoffrey Chukwunenye

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​The Protestant Church of Central Germany (EKM)

This week in Germany we keep a national day of remembrance for those who have died
from drug addictions. Please pray for those who engage in substance abuse, and for
all addicts. Please pray also for those who provide assistance and counselling for them
through the diaconal and social arms of the EKM, that they may find God’s love and
support in their vocation. 

Diocese of Orlu (Nigeria): Archbishop Bennett Okoro

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​St Mary, Oldswinford

Pray for St Mary’s as we seek to reach out to families and young people with the help
of our Mission Enabler, Anne Batchelor. Pray for our developing ministry team especially
for Alex French as he is ordained priest, and Roger King as he trains for Reader ministry.
Clergy: Stephen Agnew, Alex French; Readers: Kanthi Ariaraj, Roy Peacock, Roger King (in training.)

Diocese of Ottawa (Canada): Bishop John Holland Chapman 

Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces: Bishop Peter Robert Coffin

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​New Deputy Chair of the DBF

Eric Wiles has been appointed in a voluntary capacity as the
new Deputy Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance and
Chair of the Investment and Glebe Committee.

Eric is a member of St. Kenelm’s Church in Upton Snodsbury.
He is a Chartered Accountant by background, and former
member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ National
Council. He has spent most of his career in the Asset Finance
division at Midland Bank/ HSBC. For the last 15 years he worked in a specialised
leasing company within HSBC (latterly sold by the bank) which leased trains to train
operating companies in the UK and across Europe. Eric is now semi-retired, but still
undertakes the occasional freelance consultancy assignment. 

He said: “I saw the post of Deputy Chair of the DBF advertised and it seemed to fit with
my skillset. I’m currently Treasurer for the Bowland Benefice Council, but felt I wanted
to give more back to the Church and this seemed like a good opportunity to do it. It’s
also an interesting way to learn more about the Church of England and develop my faith
in a different context.” 

Eric was brought up as a Methodist but lapsed when he was in his teens. He and his
family have been worshipping at St. Kenelm’s for the past 25 years. 

“I know Peter Seward will be a very hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to the
new challenge that this role will bring. I’ve previously been the Treasurer of the charity
Asthma UK and was Chairman and Treasurer of RoSPA. Some of the new responsibilities
will, therefore, be familiar, but there will be new challenges and opportunities – not least
learning the intricacies of Glebe Land and the complexity of the Church of England!” 

Please pray for Eric as he takes up this role and also for Peter Seward who retired from
this post earlier this year. 

Stourbridge Deanery – Rural Dean: Andrew Sillis; Lay Chair: John Nicholson 

Diocese of Newcastle: Bishop Christine Hardman with Bishop Mark Tanner (Berwick) 

Diocese of Moere (Molde) (Norway): Bishop Ingeborg Midttoemme 

Diocese of Ontario (Canada): Bishop George Bruce
Coadjutor Bishop (Canada): Bishop Michael Oulton

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​Norton and Wollaston

On this “Black Country Day” that celebrates the region’s industrial heritage, we pray for
the new benefice of Norton & Wollaston, for the parish churches of St James Wollaston
and St Michael & All Angels, Norton, Stourbridge, and for all who minister to and with
us in our benefice. May we, by God’s grace, build His kingdom, creating a sense of
community in the neighbourhoods where people live and work. Clergy: Nick Kaleniuk,
Diana Farmer; Reader: Dan Muthuveloe 

Diocese of On the Lake (Nigeria): Bishop Chijioke Oti 

Diocese of On the Niger (Nigeria): Bishop Owen Chidozie Nwokolo

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