Old Schoolhouse Prayer Points for 6th December - The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2 NIV

For to us a child is born,  to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)

Boiler – update
Exciting news: We have reached our fundraising target for the boiler! We are so grateful and excited that the new boiler system can be bought and installed. The boiler engineers are scheduled to start installing the new boiler on 6 January. The work is expected to take 4-6 weeks. Praise God for this.

Our finance and fundraising teams would appreciate continued prayer that we might receive gift donations for the many other practical things that are currently on hold due to lack of funds.

External events at the Old Schoolhouse
We now know that we have the opportunity for temporary use of some of the space prior to us receiving planning permission, so we can start to let the space, which is exciting news. We are receiving lots of booking requests for the Old Schoolhouse, which is great news as this is what the space is for. Pray for wisdom in deciding what to accept and how to organise it all and for protection over everyone who uses the building.  Pray for active discussions with a local art cooperative who are considering being based at the Old Schoolhouse. Pray that people of peace would use the space for the flourishing the community.

Christmas at the Old Schoolhouse
We have a number of Christmas events coming up at the Old Schoolhouse, particularly the live nativity tomorrow, 7 December, and carol singing on 15 December. Pray that many would join us and hear the best news we can share of Emmanuel – God with us. Pray for those responsible and everyone who’s helping, that we would serve joyfully. Pray that people would feel welcome and loved. Also pray that everyone who comes to the building will be safe.

Please continue to pray for the communications team they continually think through when, what and how to communicate with the local community and other stakeholders who have an interest in the project. Pray for wisdom and the right words.

Sale of the chapel – still ‘almost there’
We are now close to the actual sale of the chapel. It is signed and ready from our side. Praise God for good meetings with the trustees of the Porch who are buying the chapel and for good relationships. Please pray that this process will be completed very soon..

Continue to pray for blessings on the buyers and their work with homeless people, and pray especially for those most vulnerable in our community and that we would be a very practical blessing to them, in partnership with others in the area, particularly as we are moving into the colder months of the year.

We received the pre-app response on Thursday, 10th October. John P (back from paternity leave – continue to pray for him!) and our team of professionals are working on next steps. Please continue to pray for the team, that this process would move forward smoothly and for good collaboration among everyone involved. 

Please continue to pray for the consultation with the county council on parking and that John will be able to put in the work needed on this.

We are so grateful for every gift, big or small. It is a great encouragement that we have reached the target for the boiler. May everyone who gives and who prays be blessed richly and know how much their gifts will bless many. Give thanks for this and please keep Jill Bain and the fundraising team in your prayers.

The baton has been passed on
Hannah is on maternity leave and baby Langley is expected before long. Pray for a safe arrival of baby Langley, for protection of mother and baby as well as for Jon and Abby.

We are very grateful for Esther – please continue to hold her in your prayers, particularly in this busy season.