NEWS

 News from GFS IRELAND

Our thanks to Mrs Thembeka Pama, GFS World President for sending this Prayer from Bishop Dintoe, the Youth Liasing Bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

God Bless His Creation And Cleanse It
God Bless All Countries And Continents Of The World
God Visit And Abide In Our Homes, Hospitals, Clinics, Villages, Towns And Cities

God Forgives Sins
God Guard And Guide All Presidents And All Leaders Of The World
God Give People Of All Nations The Spirit Of Cooperation With One Another
God Touch The Hearts And Hands Of Our Law Enforcement Officers With Restraint And Compassion

God Forgives Sinners
God Give Healing And Wholeness To All His People
God Give Wisdom And Courage To Doctors, Nurses and Medical Personnel
God Illuminate And Sanctify Bishops, Priests And Deacons With Faithful Proclamation Of The Gospel

God Fortifies Sinners
God Stop And Destroy The Coronavirus And All Kinds Of Ailments
God Give Release And Freedom To All His People From The Coronavirus Pandemic
God Give Eternal Rest To The Souls Of All Victims Of The Coronavirus
God Frees Sinners

This we Pray and Confess n the Strong Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour,
Through the Power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Yours Called To Be The Shepherd Of Christ’s Flock

Dintoe
Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of the Free State
Liaison Bishop: Youth, Children, ASF, GBFS & St Mary Magdalene
Anglican Church of Southern Africa

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9th April 2020

Dear GFS Members,

“He is Risen!”
Matthew 28 v 6

As I write this Easter greeting to you all, I realise that for all of us, this is an Easter like no other in our living memories.

Many of our members have been home schooling for weeks now, had the delivery of their education courses changed, faced uncertainty with exams, been furloughed from work, been self isolating and continuing as front line and key workers. None of us are spectators, we are all active participants as we continue to wash our hands, practice social distancing and stay at home.

We are sharing and bearing each other’s burdens.

I am aware that many of you have been actively supporting our front line and key workers through constant prayer, sewing scrubs and face masks, helping those self-isolating in our nursing and care homes by making pictures for them, delivering food parcels and much more. The support that you are giving each other through telephone calls, texts and social media has been a wonderful encouragement. Please continue to remember each other in prayer daily, especially those in need of Christ’s comfort and help at this time.

On Easter morning as we share with the GFS Family and Christians all around the world, let us be active participants with Christ and His good news and not simply spectators.

May God continue to bless, comfort and encourage each one of you.

Alison

Alison Jackson
GFS All Ireland President

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the Law of Christ”
Galatians 6 v 2

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Covid-19/Coronavirus

You will aware that GFS in Ireland has been closely monitoring the situation in respect to Covid-19/Coronavirus and the advices being given by the respective Health Promotion Agencies in both NI and RoI.  The health, safety and well being of our members, leaders and helpers is of paramount importance.

GFS activities in RoI were suspended following Leo Varadkar’s announcement on 12.03.2020 that schools and colleges were to close until 29.03.2020.

GFS activities in NI are to be suspended from today, 14.3.2020.

Details will follow in the coming days in respect of any other operational issues that might arise.

In the meantime, everyone is to follow the guidance from their respective Health Promotion Agencies in terms of dealing with this pandemic.

Remember to hold each other and our communities in prayer, remembering the words of our GFS Motto “Bearing one another’s burdens,……’and our GFS memory verse this year.

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We would commend to you all the following prayer issued by Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin and Glendalough for use at this time.

A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus”

 Almighty and All-loving God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

we pray to you through Christ the Healer

for those who suffer from Coronavirus and Covid 19

in Ireland and across the world.

We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss

of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.

Give wisdom to policymakers,

Skill to researchers,

comfort to everyone in distress

and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.

This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Who showed compassion to the outcast,

acceptance to the rejected

and love to those whom no love was shown.

Amen.

Archbishop Michael Jackson

Dublin and Glendalough

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GFS Worldwide has created a wonderful resource to be used by GFS and Christians called ‘Prayers of Hope’ where  the prayers and reflections have been supplied from around the world.  Please find the prayers for June and July 2020 below, please click here to download these prayers.

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 Prayer of Hope for September

We now bring our prayers to God for the witness and work of the Girls’ Friendly Society, Mothers’ Union and the Episcopal Church Women; with thanks for his presence with us in all he has called us to do.

Loving Lord, we thank you for the path laid before us and that you accompany us on our journey.
We pray for the flourishing of GFS, Mothers’ Union and Episcopal Church Women as we adapt for the needs of this present age and entrust ourselves to God to lead us forward.

We pray for open ears, eyes and hearts that we may act with insight and integrity to make a difference in our world.

As we walk into the future with faith may our pace be set by our perfect guide; neither running ahead nor lagging behind, but always in step with God. Amen

We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight, for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbours and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen.

Submitted by: Delores M. Alleyne former National GFS/USA President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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