Old Schoolhouse Prayer Points for 17th January 2020 - I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” Psalm 89, verse 1 (NIV)

Boiler system
The boiler engineers have started working on the installation of the new boiler in earnest last week. Please pray for the team of engineers as they tackle the challenges presented by working with an old building, that the works would proceed smoothly and for safety of everyone involved. Praise God for this wonderful provision and thanks to everyone who has contributed financially to make this purchase possible.

Using the building while works are ongoing…
Please pray for good liaison and logistics between the Engineers as they work and the Sunflowers/Buttercups and the staff team.

Our finance and fundraising teams would also 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.
We are so grateful for every gift, big or small. 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.

On that note…Let's dance!
Phoebe G is organising a ceilidh at the Old Schoolhouse on Saturday, 25 January to fundraise for various expenses. Please join in the fun and pray that many would come! If you can help with baking, set up or clean up, please get in touch with Phoebe.

Alarm mystery
Dave and Pat have been called out in the middle of the night quite a few times recently because something is setting off the alarms at the Old Schoolhouse. The alarms have been checked and work, however, something (an animal disturbed by the engineers’ work perhaps?) is setting them off. This presents a challenge for keeping the building safe without having the alarm set of every night, which of course also disturbs our neighbours. Please pray that this issue would be resolved quickly!

Planning – final steps to resubmission
Please pray for the final steps of work in preparing our resubmitted plans. Pray for John P overseeing this and for our relationship with the professionals.

Our vision for the Old Schoolhouse and where we’re at (meeting on 26 January)
Please pray for a meeting on Sunday, 26 January where we will provide an update on the state of the Old Schoolhouse and talk about our vision for the building. Pray that we would all be encouraged and know where we are in the journey and where the Lord is calling us to.

External events at the Old Schoolhouse
We 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.
Sale of the chapel
The sale of the chapel was completed on 18 December. Praise God for this. We are very grateful.
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.

Pray for ongoing discussion with the head and governors at Comper about issues related to parking and about our timetable for resubmitted plans. Pray that the Spirit of God would guide us to seeking what is really in the common good.