Old Schoolhouse Prayer Points for 13th December - he 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)


Sale of the chapel – update
All papers and financial transfers for the sale of the chapel are expected to be completed by Monday, 16 December. Please pray that this would indeed be the case.

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.

Parking
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.

Planning
Give thanks that we have clarity and resolution on the changes needed to the development of the Old Schoolhouse building (front of site) and pray for wisdom on how to solve ongoing issues/questions that are still unresolved in relation to the plans for the residential development (back of site). Pray especially for our ongoing conversations with our partner in this.

Christmas at the Old Schoolhouse
Give thanks for a fantastic first Live Nativity in the Old Schoolhouse last Sunday. A Hertford Street resident wrote us a lovely letter of appreciation, which was very encouraging.

Please pray for the carol services this Sunday, 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.

Communications
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. Please also pray for someone to join the communications team to coordinate promoting the Old Schoolhouse on social media. 

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.

Boiler system
Exciting news: We reached our fundraising target for the boiler last week! 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.

Fundraising
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
Baby Langley is due – please pray for a safe arrival and for protection of mother and baby and that the whole family would adjust well. 

Please continue to hold Esther in your prayers, particularly in this busy season.