District Prayer Diary 2018

Introduction

We serve a God that promises not to leave us or forsake us, a God who beckons for us to find our breath matching the slow and steady rhythm of the breath of God. All around us we are held in the Spirit of God that goes before us, trails behind us, and flanks us on either side. We pray in order that we might be awake to this reality and find our life in rhythm with the ways that help to bear new life in the world. There was a prayer that was prayed at the World Methodist Conference this past year. The speaker bowed her head and said, “Just Do It God, Amen.” We serve a God who we can say this to… “you know what we need, you know how to guide us, Just do it God, Amen.”

Our prayer is that as you journey through this prayer diary and connect to our people called Methodist right across the length and breadth of the Cape of Good Hope District, which you will together with other experience the power of prayer. That we recognise that our call in the district is to be responsible in our stewardship of the resources we have. Give us wisdom in our decision making. We hear your call generous God upon us to be disciples, people called to a life long journey of learning and growing in our relationship with you.

For together we are a Transforming Discipleship Movement, Called to be Together with God’s Creation for A Christ-healed Africa for the healing of Nations God calls the Methodist people to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ for Healing and Transformation

O Lord,
Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others; open our ears that we may hear their cries; open our hearts so that they need not be without succour; let us not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich. Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places. And so open our eyes and our ears that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of peace for thee. Amen
- Alan Paton


Prayer Focus


7 January

World Methodist Council Presidium
Rev Dr Jong Chun Park
General Secretary Bishop Ivan Abrahams
Worldwide Family of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan and Related Uniting and United churches representing over 100 Million people
For the World Methodist Council as it prepares for its Council Meeting in July.

14 January

Office of the Presiding Bishop
Rev Ziphozihle Siwa (Presiding Bishop)
Rev Charmaine Morgan (General Secretary)
Mr James Nkosi (Lay President)
The Induction Service of Rev KK Ketashabile in Bloemfontein today.
The Bishop’s Capacity Training from Monday through to Wednesday.
The Strategic Planning of our Connexional Youth Unit being held this weekend.
Prayer Request: We are very conscious right now of the work in our Connexion among children. Pray for the children of our nations, and the Ministry of the Church to all the children in our communities, that the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus may take root in our young, and shape their lives to the glory of God, and the healing of nations.

21 January

Connexional Office
All Connexional Departments
Finance Unit
Thini Ngonyama (General Treasurer)
Prayer Request: Pray for all those who serve in overseeing the finances of the MCSA, that the finances might be used as creatively and faithfully as possible, to resource our shared ministry.

28 January

Office of the District Bishop
Rev Michel Hansrod (District Bishop)
Rev Michelle Shrader (Mission Enabler)
Mrs Ayanda Woji (District Lay Leader)
Administrator – Mrs Arlene Leaner
Secretary – Mrs Laetitia Meter
The District Management Team – Rev’s Yvette Moses, Pam Delport, Zamani Sikupela, Mervin Williams, Ralph Afghan, Kamogelo Monoametsi and Mr Erich Roberts

Prayer Request: We are called by you to be one. Help us in our relationship with our ecumenical partners across the district to look at ways to break down the barriers that prevent us from working together, and to encourage those creative opportunities to show our unity in you. Amen!

4 February

Table Bay Circuit 101
Circuit Staff: Rev Alan Storey, Rev Solomzi Ralo and Rev. John Stewe
Mission Projects: Intyatyambo Epap; Loaves and Fishes; Len’s Food Service; Stop Hunger Now: Hout Bay Crèche and Haven Night Shelters; HIV/AIDS Children in Khayelitsha and St Anne’s Homes – Shelters for single mothers/children; Service Dinning Hall
Prayer Request: To follow Jesus.
District Retreat: Please pray for All Ministers as they gather for their Retreat from Tuesday until Thursday.
Education Desk: Rev Stephen Hendricks (Connexional)
Rev Zamani Sikupela (District)
For all Educational Institutions in our Country, Educators, Learners and Students.

11 February

Bellville Circuit 102
Circuit Staff: Rev Nomphitizelo Sibidhla, Rev Leon Klein, Rev Zukisa Fumba
Mission Project: New Life Centre, Alpha House, Feeding Schemes, School tracksuit project, Holiday Club Preparations.
Prayer Request: congregations, communities, unemployment, substance abuse, clergy families, youth, schools, marriages, depression, leadership, for the Circuit Vision to be One!

18 February

1st Sunday in Lent
Dumisani Circuit 103
Circuit Staff: Rev Nkosinathi Geja, Rev Brian Burger, Rev Andre Buttner, Rev Kamogelo Monoametsi, Rev Mashna Sasman.
Mission Project:Phambili ngeThemba
For the Circuit Finances especially as it seeks to work together with reduced staff members.

25 February

2nd Sunday in Lent
Cape Methodist Children’s Homes 104
Circuit Staff: Rev Kevin Needham-Marsh Memorial Homes;
Heatherdale Children’s Home – Rev Andre Buttner
The Members of the Board of Management
All Staff Members
Mission Project: Child and Youth Care Centre
Prayer Request: Please pray for the Children, as the school year gets into full swing. For the staff and Board as they prepare for the financial year end (31 March) and finalize budgets. For the transition at both homes as Heatherdale Transforms in a Specialized Home for the Care of those children presenting with Substance Abuse.

4 March

3rd Sunday in Lent
Order of Evangelism – District Secretary Rev Goodwill Masuku as they prepare to meet for their Annual Convention
All Evangelists and Bible Women in our District especially those in training.
District YMG – As they prepare for their Annual Convention to held in Cape Gateway Circuit

11 March

4th Sunday in Lent
District Women’s Auxiliary: Mrs Gaynor Fisher (Out- going District President)
Mrs Lynell Massey (President Elect)
Connexional Women’s Auxiliary:
Mrs Cheryl Greaves (Connexional President)
Prayer Request: Please pray for us to witness growth in our membership, for good health for our ladies and a continued infilling of the Holy Spirit for strength to do HIS will.

18 March

5th Sunday in Lent
Worcester Circuit 107
Mission Projects: Local Preachers–starting a library, Holiday Club, Partnership with Victoria Road Circuit
Special Prayer: Education–mission focus, unity and team building, order of evangelism campaign, circuit staff and leadership, children’s ministry

25 March

Palm Sunday Breede River Circuit 132
Circuit Staff: Rev John Stewe (Superintendent), Rev Clive Sparks
Mission Projects: Survival. Maintaining the manse
We pray for Disciples of Jesus as the Church enters this Holy Week

1 April
Easter Sunday

We pray for the Education for Ministry and Mission Unit
Rev Purity Malinga (Unit Director)
Rev Pumla Mtshiselwa (Lay Training Co–ordinator)
Rev Mervin Williams (District Supervisor of Studies)
The District EMMU Team
All student Ministers in the Connexion
Rev Simanga Khumalo, the President, All Staff Members and students at Seth
Mokitimi Methodist Seminary
Prayer Request: Pray for the students at SMMS, the leadership, and the finances both of the institution and the students in attendance. Many students are struggling financially making it hard to focus on their studies.

8 April
2nd Sunday of Easter
District Women’s Association:
We pray for their Annual District Meetings
(District President) Mrs Eveana Williams
Connexional Women’s Association
Mrs Valerie Palmer ( Connexional President)
Mrs Kathy Robyn (Connexional President Elect)
We pray for our District Men’s League as they prepare to meet in their Convention next week in Bongani Circuit.
We pray for our District Youth Synod which gathers next weekend.
Prayer Request: Lord we thank you for the District meetings that was held this weekend in Namaqualand. And as they prepare for their ensuing Connexional Meetings in Port Elizabeth.

15 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
District Women’s Manyano:
Mrs Nomfuso Gura (District President)
Connexional Women’s Manyano
Mrs Gretta Makwenkwe (Connexional President) We pray for our District Young Women’s Manyano as they prepare to meet in their Convention next week and elect a New President.
Prayer Request: We prayer for the newly inducted executive as they give leadership to the District Women’s Manyano.

22 April
4th Sunday of Easter
The District Young Women’s Manyano
Mrs Nanziwe Maseti (District President)
The Connexional Young Women’s Manyano
Mrs Nomonde Motswenyane (Connexional President)
We pray for our District Young Women’s Manyano as they prepare for their Convention this week, and elect a New Leadership Team.
Victoria Road Circuit 112
Circuit Staff: Rev Michael Lambaatjeen and Rev Zamani Sikupela
Prayer Request: We pray for the various ministries in the Circuit.

29 April
5th Sunday of Easter
Central Karoo Circuit 113
Circuit Staff: Rev Lynn Walter (Superintendent), Rev Gift Legodi
Prayer Request: We continue to pray for Financial Resources for the Circuit as it seeks to fulfil God’s Mission in a community ravaged with poverty, unemployment and drought.

6 May
Mission Month
6th Sunday of Easter
Our Connexional Mission Unit
Rev Musi Losaba (Director)
All Connexional Staff Members
Our Connexional Communications Unit
Mrs Bongie Moyo – Bango (Director)
Ms Jodene Louw – (Assistant)
District Mission Unit
Rev Ralph Afghan
Rev Michelle Schrader (District Mission Enabler)
All District Mission Pillar Co-ordinators
Mission and Extension Fund
Mission Week being held in various Circuits this year

13 May
Ascension tide
7th Sunday of Easter
Helderberg Circuit 106
Circuit Staff: Rev Carol Walsh, Rev Paddy Gadini, Rev Ralph Afghan, Rev Gavin Campbell, Rev Soraya Douglas, Rev Mervin Williams

20 May
Day of Pentecost
The Church Universal
World Council of Churches which brings together churches, denominations and fellowship in more than 110 countries, representing over 500 million Christians
The Presidium
Dr Agnes Abuom (The Moderator)
Rev Dr Olaf Tveit (The General Secretary)
We prayer for our 189th Annual District Synod which gathers this week in the Fish Hoek Circuit
For Bishop Michel Hansrod as he chairs the proceeding and all who will assist.
For All Candidates, Probationers and Ordinands as they are examined.
For our Hosts – The Fish Hoek Circuit
All Ministers as they participate especially in the Presbyters Convocation.
For All delegates from the various Circuits, Units and Organisations

27 May
Synod/Trinity
Sunday 1st Sunday after Pentecost
We give thanks to God for our 189th Annual Synod and commit all decisions and resolutions to His care.
Fish Hoek Circuit 110
Circuit Staff: Rev Delme Linscott, Rev Ross Southern, Rev Olivia Le Roux, Rev Mfan`Tholakele Madwe
Mission Project: Hetty Cell C (Aids), Project Matthew (School Feeding), back to school, help hunger (food packing), Greenhouse/Garden, Pollsmoor Prison, Train evangelist, Fikelele (Aids children). Mission couple support (Liliefontein), Soup ministry, and Feeding scheme – Primary School (Vrygrond)
Special Prayer: Tensions in Masiphumulele, Circuit helping each other (Societies) for effective ministry.

3 June
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa
For all Circuits and Societies throughout the Connexion
For all Ministers, Deacons, Bible women and Evangelists who proclaim the Gospel of a Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ
All stewards and Leaders

10 June
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Outeniqua Circuit 118
Circuit Staff: Rev Peter Veysie, Rev Lynn Walter, Rev Kholly Zono, Rev Jabu Mnisi, Rev Mamoalusi Mothupi.
Mission Projects: ircuit mission, Herold’s Bay outreach, Lawaai Kamp new building, Oudtshoorn vision 2018
Prayer Request:Societies who are in remote areas, Oudtshoorn new vision, Superintendent Minister for wisdom.

7 June National Youth Day (June 16)
4th Sunday after Pentecost
District Youth Unit
Rev Kamogelo Monoametsi (Convenor) and the District Youth Unit Committee
Wesley Guild, Sunday Schools, Youth Groups, Uniformed Organizations, Mission Projects
Connexional Youth Unit
Rev Luxolo Mantini
Rev Simphiwe Mathebe (Incoming Convenor)
Forthcoming Connexional Youth Conference to be hosted in Pietermaritzburg.

24 June Local Preachers
Sunday 5th Sunday after Pentecost
For all Local Preachers in the district: Those on Trial and note.
Rev David Howard (District Secretary of the Local Preachers Department)
Mr Mchunu (District President of the Local Preachers Association)
Rev Morapedi Diutwileng (Connexional Convenor of the Local Preachers Department)
Mr Magic Hlongwane (Connexional President of the Local Preachers Association)
We Pray for Mrs Kathy Robyn and her Executive from the Cape District as they are inducted to Connexional Office of the Woman’s Association.

1 July
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Bongani Circuit 122
Circuit Staff: Rev Fumanekile Gura, Rev George Presence, Rev Maylene Coventry and Rev Mzi Msibi.
We pray for All Ministries in the Circuit, as they work towards deeper unity in fulfilling God’s Mission especially in the areas ravaged by drugs and gangsterism.
We pray for their Educare Centres in Bonteheuwel and at the Abel and Freda Hendricks Community Centre.

8 July
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Cape Gateway Circuit 123: Rev Patric Engelbrecht, Rev Sean Mc Guigan, Rev George Sass, Rev Vuyelwa Ntshinga-Yawa, Rev Viwe Mkhunyana
We give thanks to God for renewed efforts to erect Worship Centres at Bloekombos and Gateway Societies.

15 July
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Connexional Bishop’s Meeting
For the Connexional Bishop’s as they meet for the Preliminary Stationing Meetings.
All Ministers and their families, especially those who may move at the end of the year

22 July
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Heathfield Circuit 111
Circuit Staff: Rev Pamela Delport, Rev Derick Maregele, Rev Steven Lottering We continue to pray for the Mission of God in this Circuit especially the work at Hout Bay.

29 July
Men’s Work Sunday
10th Sunday after Pentecost
For all Men’s Ministries, Organizations and Fellowships in the District
District Men’s League
Mr Stanley van Rensburg (District President)
Connexional Men’s League
Mr Bevan Christoffels (Connexional President)
District Young Men’s Guild
Rev Nkosinathi Geja (District President and Connexional President Elect)
Connexional Young Men’s Guild
Rev Sampson Nhlapo (Connexional President)

5 August
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Tygerberg Circuit 120
Circuit Staff: Rev Ross Southern (Superintendent Minister), Rev Jennifer Hillebrand, Rev Xabiso Sebeni and Rev Londiwe Xulu.
Mission Project: Holistic Care Ministry- Ravensmead, Circuit Youth Alpha Project, Circuit Youth Unit
Prayer Request: Newly appointed Circuit stewards, Financial Sustainability and Stewardship, Society Stewards in all societies, for their ministry amongst students at Tertiary Institutions.

12 August
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Senior Citizens
For all Old Age Homes in the District and Ministry to seniors.
Rev Michael Lambaatjeen (District Committee Chair)
Kendrick House – Mrs Judy Simons; Huis Harmonie – Ronald Rooi;
Sencit Resthaven – Mrs A. Ford and Mr Andre Jordan – Gardner Supernumerary
Cottages, Alpha House – Bellville Circuit.

19 August Women’s Work Sunday
13th Sunday after Pentecost
For all Women Ministers in the District.
For all Women’s Work within the District.

26 August

14th Sunday after Pentecost
Cape West Coast Circuit 121
Circuit Staff: Rev Vincent Harry, Rev Mpumelelo Masoabi, Galethlhokwe,, Rev Angus Kelly, Rev James Nicolson, Rev Neil Vels, Rev Chris Botha and Rev Ryan Killian and Rev Pam Ellwood.
Mission Project: Feeding scheme, Prison ministry, Building projects, Involvement in Education in communities.
Special Prayer: New season of ministry   two new ministers, Youth work across circuit, Education as a set vision for creative ways of upliftment, the struggle of redefining district boundaries affecting this circuit. We celebrate the recent Dedication of their New Worship Building at Witteklip in Vredendal

2 September - Conference 15 th
Sunday after Pentecost
We pray for the Connexional Executive as it meets on Monday until Wednesday. Our Presiding Bishop Zipho Siwa as he presides over the Conference Our General Secretary Rev Charmaine Morgan as she leads the Conference in its business.
We pray for the 129th Conference and all its officers and delegates being held in Maputo as it meets from Wednesday.
The Conference Hosts – Mozambique District
All Ordinands as they meet in Retreat.

9 September – Conference Sunday
16th Sunday after Pentecost
All Ordinands as they are Ordained, their Families and Loved one’s joining them
Our Connexional Leadership as they participate in the Ordination Service
We give thanks to God for the decisions of Conference and pray for wisdom as they are implemented.

16 September
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Namaqualand Circuit 115
Circuit Staff:Rev Elvis Mclean and Rev Roland Beukes
Prayer Request: For their new adventurous journey into the Third Century of Mission
Blue Downs Circuit 114
Rev’s Thembinkosi Makananda and Loyiso Molosi
Prayer Request: Their Various Ministries in the Blue Down’s and Delft areas.


23 September
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Wynberg Circuit 109
Circuit staff : Rev Yvette Moses, Rev David Howard, Rev Sanele Ncobeni, Rev Graham Goodwin
We pray for the Circuit as it seeks to renew its Mission and Ministry.

30 September
19th Sunday after Pentecost
False Bay Circuit 128
Circuit staff : Rev Vuyisile Maseti, Rev Moira Prince, Rev Mbongeni Mlaba, Rev Jalamba Tolashe and Rev Thapelo Lilokoe
We give thanks to God for 25years of Togetherness and pray for a Renewal of God’s
Spirit to enable them to enter the next phase of Ministry and Mission.

7 October
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Paarl Valley Circuit 129
Circuit Staff : Rev Goodwill Masuku and Rev Nuno Vergueiro
Mission projects : Care for the elderly, Prison Ministry
Special Prayer: Unity, to emerge from financial difficulty, to realise its potential

14 October
21th Sunday after Pentecost
Stellenbosch Circuit 127
Circuit Staff: Rev Mabel Goliath, Rev Sethunya Gaarekwe, Rev Loyiso Molosi
We pray for the Renewal of mission and Ministry in this Circuit.

21 October
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Queenstown District
Bishop Mthobeli Matyumza
Clarkebury District
Bishop Mongameli Noqayi
Guide of humanity, thank you for knowing us, loving us, and pursuing us long before
we recognize our need for you. Amen

28 October
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Kimberly, Namibia and Bloemfontein District
Bishop Kenealoane Ketshabile
Grahamstown District
Bishop Jacob Freemantle

4 November
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Limpopo District Bishop Themba Mntambo as he hands over the Office today
Bishop Sidwell Mogutho as he is Inducted into the Office of Bishop Today
God shows us the way; all we need to do is follow

11 November
25th Sunday after Pentecost
Natal Coastal District
Bishop Linda Mandindi
Dear God, thank you for scripture. Give us understanding and help us to put your word into practice. Amen

18 November
26th Sunday of Pentecost
Northern Free State and Lesotho District
Bishop Andrew Motswenyane as he hands over the Mantle
Bishop Barnas Seshedi as he is Inducted to the Office of Bishop Today.

25 November
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Natal West District
Bishop William Dlamini
Dear God, thank you for your love, faithfulness, and willingness to be involved in each of our loves. Amen

2 December
Advent Sunday
Central District
Bishop Gary Rivas

The Justice and Service Unit
Nancy Heron (Connexional Convenor)
Alan Storey (District Convenor)
Ray Goddess (Connexional Convenor of MASA)
Andre Buttner (District Convenor of MASA)
Lestor Sedras (Volunteers in Mission)

The HIV/AIDS Desk
Pearl Moarusi (Connexional Convenor)
Christal Wicomb (District Convenor)

Dear God, when we find ourselves fighting for health, even for our very lives, we thank you that you fight with us. Encourage us with your love shown to us by those who join in our struggle. Amen

9 December
2 nd Advent Sunday
Highveld and Swaziland District
Bishop Jonathan Anderson

16 December
3rd Advent Sunday
All Supernumerary Ministers, Spouses and Clergy Widows and Widowers We give thanks for their faithful and loyal service and continue to pray for the abundance of God’s Blessings upon them and their loved ones.

Mozambique District
Bishop Dinis Matsolo
Dear Lord, we thank you that we can celebrate Christmas. Help us to greet the day of your birth with joy and carry this celebration to those places where people know nothing of the good news of your son. Amen

23 December
4th Advent Sunday
All Ministers and their families who are moving throughout the Connexion as they take up new appointments.

25 December
Christmas Day
Children’s Ministries
For all Children’s Ministries in the District.
Rev Carol Walsh (Child Care Desk)
Rev Kevin Needham (Marsh Memorial Children’s Home)
Rev Andre Buttner (Heatherdale Children’s Home)

30 December
1st Sunday after Christmas
We pray for the New Connexional Year as it starts this week.
Especially for Ministers who take up new appointments.
For all Congregations as they prepare to Renew their Covenant with God!