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Fri, 2015-02-13 11:41 -- Stuart Leitch

CCM Advent Prayer Calendar

A time of hope

The approach of Christmas for a homeless person can be isolation for a homeless person. Here at CCM we won't be ignoring the season because the birth of our saviour is a message of hope which can transform lives. So as staff and volunteers work together to bring light in the darkness, will you play your part as one of our prayer support team?

We've assembled a CCM Advent Calendar to help you. It is an outline to enable you to pray each day through December. Just as the good news came first to those outside looking after the sheep, so we ask God that He will do it again on the streets of Bristol.
 
"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness a light will shine." (Isaiah 9:2)
Dark and cold on the outside, without hope on the inside. As we start Advent, please pray for those without homes who make our premises their temporary shelter.
 
Fri Dec 1st - Life Recovery Group meets every Friday afternoon.
Sat Dec 2nd - Thank God for the buildings that God has provided for the charity
Sun Dec 3rd - Wild Goose Drop-In open tonight at 8pm then Mon till Fri.
Mon Dec 4th - East Bristol FoodBanks open Mon, Wed & Fri
Tues Dec 5th - Spring of Hope women's night shelter open Sunday to Friday
Wed Dec 6th - Lift up our trustees in their leading of the charity
Thurs Dec 7th - Bristol in action - rejoice with our 450+ volunteers
Fri Dec 8th - A light in the darkness - our hard working staff
 
"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and he will be called 'God with us' "
The impossible becomes possible.  Pray for miraculous healing and transformation for every service user we help.
 
Sat Dec 9th - Pray for rest and refreshing for the staff as they have a day off
Sun Dec 10th - Pray for the women who discover a place of their own at the Spring of Hope
Mon Dec 11th - Pray that something of the Christmas Spirit will take hold in the Wild Goose.
Tues Dec 12th - Pray that all who must use our four FoodBanks find something of the love of Jesus this season,
Wed Dec 13 - Pray for our buildings to be a place of welcome
Thurs Dec 14 - Pray for our trustees in shaping vision for the organisation
Fri Dec 15 - Pray for an encounter with God the Redeemer for the members of the Life Recovery Group having their Christmas Party today.
Sat Dec 16 - Thank God for the way in which the churches of Bristol are working together to tackle issues arising from homelessness.
 
"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called - Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end." (Isaiah 9:6).
Prayers are especially needed for this period as many find it really hard. Hospitality is really important. Some clients will spend time together with friends if they don’t have family .
 
Sun Dec 17 - Thank God for all the gifts donated by Bristol residents this year. Remember those who regularly visit Crisis Centre Ministries bearing gifts.
Mon Dec 18th - Foodbanks will be busy this week. Pray especially for families with children. Pray that there will be sufficient for everyone.
Tues Dec 19th - Pray for our volunteers who serve in these days leading up to the festival.
Wed Dec 20th - Thank God for all those ex-service users who this Christmas will have a place of their own.
Thur Dec 21st - Thank God for His unending love & mercy as we intercede on behalf of the vulnerable. Tonight Prayer for Easton are leading prayers for CCM in Stapleton Chapel and singing in the Wild Goose.
Fri Dec 22nd - Today the Goose closes until the New Year. Pray for staff now able to take a well earned rest. Pray also for protection for our buildings; that angels will watch over them whilst they are empty.
Sat Dec 23rd -  This could be a long day. Most agencies are closed on Saturdays. People out doing their last minute shopping may be too busy to notice those living on the street.
Sun Christmas Eve - Caring at Christmas will open its doors at 3pm. The Spring of Hope will also be open tonight and all through Christmas.
 
"The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them." (Luke 2:20)
 
On Jan 7th the Churches Winter Night Shelter will be opening. This year it will be remain open for 12 weeks.

Contact: Geoff Haskett, Prayer Coordinator