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This diary has been compiled to help us pray together for one another and our common concerns. The current section of diary shown below and that for the following months is available for download in PDF form here.

Covid-19 and our Prayer Diary

At the moment, our concept of ‘normal life’ is badly disrupted by the effects of this virus and our governments’ countermeasures to try to control its spread.  A number of events are included in this diary which might be cancelled or postponed. In order to be real, I have listed them with a ‘provisional’ wording and, in each case, an invitation to pray for the work of the group, synod, etc. which would have been meeting. Our services might be interrupted but prayer never can be!

William Lister, Chaplain in Florence, has produced a set of “Coronavirus Prayers” which may be accessed here:  I am happy to commend them as an additional resource for this time.

This prayer point from Trinity Church, Lyon seems worth placing also in this ‘headline’ – it probably reflects the experience of most of us: “As the health crisis continues, we have had to suspend all normal services and meetings. Pray that God will work through us as we find novel ways to worship and minister via the internet. We ask God's blessing particularly on all those for whom the current period of compulsory confinement will be especially difficult.”



Wednesday 1

Tenerife South: (Includes Playa de Las Americas, Los Gigantes, San Blas) Chaplain: John Poole, Readers: David Horton, Paul Ganney, Christine Elliott, Maryrissa Carter.

Tenerife North: (includes Puerto de la Cruz, La Palma) Chaplain: Vacant.

Thursday 2

Amersfoort: Chaplain: Grant Crowe.

Utrecht: (Also serves Groningen, Zwolle,) Chaplain: David Phillips, Associate Chaplain (Groningen): Sam Van Leer.

Pray for Ian Tarrant, who will be installed as Dean of Gibraltar today

Friday 3

Zurich: (Also serves Baden, Zug, St Gallen) Chaplain: Paul Brice, Reader: Marcel Benedict.

Swiss seasonal chaplaincies: Interlaken, Kandersteg, Mürren, St Moritz, Wengen, Zermatt.

Saturday 4

Didim: Chaplain: Vacant.

Istanbul Christ Church: Chaplain: Ian Sherwood. Pray for persecuted Christians of all communities in the Muslim world, and especially for our clergy and congregations in Turkey who must struggle under difficult or almost impossible circumstances.

Istanbul Church of the Resurrection: Chaplain: Vacant. Pray for the church wardens and church council during the vacancy.

Izmir: (Also serves Bornova, Mission to Seafarers Izmir) Chaplain: James Buxton. Pray for James in his role as Area Dean.

Sunday 5 - Palm Sunday

Pray for Bishop Robert and Bishop David as they lead and pastor the diocese. 

Pray for the Bishop's Office in Brussels, for Meurig Williams in his role as Bishop's Chaplain, Gail Wilmet (Bishop’s PA), Damian Thwaites in his role as Bishop's Attaché to the European Institutions, Barbara Omoro (Appointments Secretary) and Caroline Gaumy (Administrative Secretary). 

Monday 6

Archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe: Archdeacon: Leslie Nathaniel. 

Eastern Archdeaconry: Archdeacon: Leslie Nathaniel.

Vienna: (Also serves Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Bratislava, Ljubljana) Chaplain: Patrick Curran, Assistants: Mike Waltner, John Barker. 

Tuesday 7

Aquitaine: (Includes Bertric Burée, Bordeaux, Condom in the Gers, Doudrac, Limeuil Haut, Monteton, Périgueux-Chancelade, Ste Nathalene, Sorges) Chaplain: Anthony Lomas, Assistants: Liz Morris, Charlotte Sullivan, Readers: Janis Adams, Sheila Marshall, Patrick Sturges, Michael Torne, Roger Verrall. Pray for Tony in his role as Area Dean.

Wednesday 8

Archdeaconry of Gibraltar: Archdeacon: David Waller. 

Gibraltar Cathedral: (Also serves Gibraltar (Port)) Dean: Ian Tarrant. Pray for Ian as he settles in to his new post.

Thursday 9 – Maundy Thursday

Antwerp: Chaplain: Andrew Wagstaff, Reader: Egbert van Groesen.

Antwerp Mission to Seafarers: Port Chaplain: Brian Millson.

Friday 10 – Good Friday

Archdeaconry of Italy and Malta: Archdeacon: David Waller.

Assisi: Locum Chaplain. 

Bordighera: (served from Menton, France).

Saturday 11

Berlin: (also serves Dresden) Chaplain:  Christopher Jage-Bowler, Assistant: Joachim Reich.  Dresden: Ricky Yates (PTO).

Bonn with Cologne: Chaplain: Michael Bullock, Assistant: Richard Gardiner.

Sunday 12 – Easter    Christ is risen!

Give thanks for our relationship with the Lutheran Churches of the Porvoo Agreement.  Pray for the Porvoo Contact Group and the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.  Pray for our partnership with USPG.

Monday 13

Prague: (Includes Brno) Chaplain: Nathanial Nathanial, Reader: Jack Noonan.

Tuesday 14

Archdeaconry of France: Archdeacon Meurig Williams.

Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Chaplain: Anthony Ingham.

Biarritz: Chaplain: Vacant.

Wednesday 15

Casablanca: (includes Rabat) Chaplain:  Medhat Sabry.   Pray for Medhat in his role as Area Dean. 

Tangier: Chaplain: Dennis Obidiegwu.

Thursday 16

Brugge, Knokke, Ostend: Chaplain:  Augustine Nwaekwe.  Pray for Augustine in his additional role as BAME ministry adviser.

Friday 17

Florence: (Also serves Siena, Bologna) Chaplain: William Lister, Deacon: Giampaolo Pancetti, Reader: Maria Makepeace.  Pray for William in his role as Area Dean.

Genova: Chaplain: Tony Dickinson. Pray for: all those caught up in the corona-virus emergency: especially those feeling overwhelmed by anxiety; our annual Church meeting: those elected to serve on the Chaplaincy Council; the chaplaincy's work with students; the continuing growth of ecumenical activity; our ministry to visitors.

Saturday 18  

Brittany: (Includes: Huelgoat, Ploërmel, Rostrenen) Chaplain: Robin Adams, Readers: Laura Hillman, Robin Hillman, Alan Mason, Guy Barnard. Pray for the growth of our four congregations. May we find ways to reach out to English-speaking residents, second-home owners and those on vacation. Pray for renewal in our worship and creativity in our outreach.

Cannes: Chaplain: Giles Williams, Readers: David Sinclair, Christopher Walley, Christine Williams. Pray for Giles in his role as Area Dean.  Pray also for: our social evening on 25 April and our sermon series on the book of Proverbs.

Sunday 19 – Easter 2

Pray for the Lusitanian Church, Bishop Jorge Pina Cabral. Pray for the Church of Denmark and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia.

Diocesan Office in London: Pray for the Operations and Finance functions: Diocesan Secretary (COO): Andrew Caspari; Office Manager: Bron Panter; Finance: Susan Stelfox, Nick Wraight; Board of Finance Chair: Mike Fegan.  Pray for the financial needs of the Diocese (and give thanks for God’s provision).

Monday 20

Copenhagen: (Also serves Aarhus) Chaplain: Smitha Prasadam, Readers: Professor Ursula Sonnewald, Victoria Wadsworth-Hansen, Graeme Lloyd-Roberts, Peter Prasadam.  Pray for Smitha in her additional role as BAME ministry adviser.

Tallinn: Chaplain: Gustav Piir.

ICS conference is (was) planned for 20-24 April. Please pray for the work of ICS

Tuesday 21

Chantilly: Chaplain: Sarah Tillet. 

Dinard: Chaplain:  Gary Wilton.

Wednesday 22

Barcelona: (Also serves Andorra) Chaplain: John Chapman, Assistant: Deborah Chapman. 

Nerja and Almuñécar: Chaplain: Nigel Thomas.

Thursday 23

Archdeaconry of North-West Europe: Archdeacon Paul Vrolijk.  Pray for the work of the Archdeaconry Standing Committee.

Brussels: Chaplain: Paul Vrolijk; Associate Chaplain: John Wilkinson, Assistants: Fiona Simon, Jean-Bosco Turahirwa, Readers: Jennifer Le Jeune, David Mitchell, Heather Roy, Grace West, Arttu Makipaa.

Friday 24

Malta and Gozo: (Includes: Valletta, also serves: Gozo) Chaplain: Simon Godfrey, Assistant: Peter Packer, Reader: Michael Collins. 

Sliema: Chaplain: Clem Upton.

Saturday 25

Algarve: (Includes: Almancil, Praia Da Luz, Tavira, Gorjões) Chaplains: Reid Hamilton, Robert Kean, Readers: Robert Kelly, Maureen Kyle, Fiona Mayes.  Pray for Robert in his role as Area Dean.

Greater Lisbon: (Includes: Estoril, Lisbon) Chaplain: Vacant.  

Sunday 26 - Easter 3

Pray for the Spanish Episcopal Reformed Church, Bishop Carlos López-Lozano.  Pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Diocesan Office in London: Pray for the Safeguarding team: Grace Fagan, Lisa Welch, Bridgett Fenton, Laura O’Brien, Majean Griffith, Katherine Harris; Our care for children and vulnerable adults.

Monday 27

Helsinki: (Also serves Tallinn, Tampere, Turku, Kuopio, White Nile) Chaplain: Tuomas Mäkipää, Assistant: Amos Manga, Readers: Geoffrey Phillips, Keith Battarbee, John Mills, Emmanuel Eneh.  Pray for Tuomas in his role as Area Dean.

Tuesday 28

Dunkirk, The Mission to Seafarers: Chaplain: Phil Edell. Pray for the Seafarers Centre at Dunkerque and the work of the staff and volunteers. Give thanks for our renovation works, and the ability to continue in service to seafarers.

Fontainebleau: Chaplain: vacant. 

Grenoble: Chaplain: vacant.  Pray for a new permanent Chaplain.

Wednesday 29

Costa Almeria and Costa Calida: (serves Mojácar, Llanos and Aljambra) Chaplain: Vincent Oram, Assistant: Alan Bennett, Readers: Duncan Burr, Marge Gall.  Pray for the selection of a good new church warden and a new treasurer for our chaplaincy and for a fruitful AGM.

Costa Azahar: (Includes Alcossebre, Vinaros) Chaplain: Louis Darrant.

France Archdeaconry Synod is (was) planned for 29 April – 2 May. Please pray for the work of the Synod

Thursday 30

Ghent: (Also serves Ghent (Port)) Chaplain: Stephen Murray.

Belgium and Luxembourg Deanery: Area Dean: Stephen Murray.

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