Welcome to our prayer diary. We publish this every three months, with a short paragraph giving prayer points for each week covering all the areas of our work.

Your prayers have made a huge difference. From just one local conservation project in Southall 20 years ago, God has grown our work so that we now have a national reach - helping churches, advising other Christian charities managing land, and supporting individuals and families to care for the natural world around them. We are amazed at where God has led us and so grateful to you for being part of this journey and for helping to make it happen through your support.

We now stand looking forward to the next five years, having launched our new vision and strategy for 2021-25 and moved into our new national office in Brentford, west London in September. In the face of accelerating climate change and species loss, our work needs your prayers more than ever. Over the coming five years we are seeking to encourage more Christian organisations (whether individual retreat centres or whole denominations) to manage their land for nature, more churches and Christians to engage in practical action to protect nature and address climate change, and more people to benefit from access to nature on land owned or managed by churches, Christian organisations and individuals.

This autumn, we are joining with other Christian and environmental organisations in calling for governments across the world to implement the vital measures needed to slow and reverse climate change. Please join us in November in praying for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference that is taking place in Glasgow.

Thank you so much for joining us in prayer. We believe that together our individual actions and prayers will make a difference as we seek to protect and restore the environment around us for the blessing of all in our communities and to the glory of God.

Prayer diary October-December 2021

October

4 Oct

During this season of Harvest, give thanks for the richness of the earth. Take this opportunity to remember how faithfully and abundantly God provides for us. Remember those that are living in places where life is hard, where the land is spoiled, where resources are scarce and livelihoods are being destroyed. This autumn, may we all commit ourselves again to stewarding and sharing more fairly the resources that God has given us.

11 Oct

This week our Partners in Action network have their annual retreat at one of our partners, Adventure Plus in Oxfordshire. Please pray that the retreat will be a time of learning, inspiration and encouragement. Pray that the time together will enable partners to build good relationships with each other.

18 Oct

Give thanks for all the churches across many different denominations that are participating in our Eco Church programme. We see God’s creativity and grace in so many of the initiatives that we hear about. Please pray for Eco Church leaders and teams to be encouraged and sustained in all they do. Pray that many more churches will commit to taking climate action faster and will find Eco Church useful in their creation care journey.

25 Oct

Give thanks for the growth of our Wild Christian community. Pray that many more will find Wild Christian a helpful tool to help them to enjoy, nurture and defend nature. Pray for a volunteer team that will offer us their skills, knowledge and passion to reach many more with the creation care message. Pray that all those who attended our recent campaigning webinar would be inspired to take action and speak out on behalf of the environment.

November

1 Nov

Give thanks for the opportunity we have as Christians in the UK to make our voices heard during the COP26 UN climate change negotiations in Glasgow. Pray that the conference will be significant in mitigating biodiversity loss to protect God’s earth for future generations. Pray that country delegations will be seeking what is good for the whole world, not just their own interests. May the voices of the most vulnerable countries, who are already suffering from climate change, be heard and the other countries respond to their pleas. Pray for a good response to the Climate Sunday exhibition on 1 November.

8 Nov

In this second week of COP26, pray that the heads of state attending will have the vision and courage to agree to significant emissions cuts. May there be greater awareness of the potential of regenerating nature as part of addressing climate change - and a good response to the A Rocha network’s proposals on nature-based solutions to climate change. Pray that people will realise the contribution that Christians and churches can make to address climate change through programmes like Eco Church and Wild Christian - and that the A Rocha UK exhibition on 8 November will be well received.

15 Nov

As COP26 ends, please pray that people will have been impacted by what they have seen and heard. Pray for renewed energy and commitment to address climate change around the world. Pray that churches and individuals will continue to follow Jesus’ teaching to love their neighbour as they intercede, collaborate, campaign and act for the common good.

22 Nov

Please pray for A Rocha UK’s new vision and strategy for 2021-25. Pray that we are able to widen the scope of our work - to engage even more Christians, churches and land managers in practical conservation and to support initiatives that regenerate nature and cut carbon emissions. Pray that we would do this with renewed energy and commitment - and that we would see more land restored and transformed for nature across the UK.

29 Nov

Give thanks for our Trustees and for the passion, experience and ability that they each bring to this role. Please pray for the Board meeting on 4 December - for inspiration, wisdom and discernment for the Trustees as they agree the budget and plan for the coming year.

December

6 Dec

During this season of advent, we remember the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Give thanks that our creator God chose to live alongside us in this broken world, to save us and to restore all of creation. We pray for peace, patience, resilience and strength as we wait through dark and uncertain times. We pray for his light and hope to break through the darkness.

13 Dec

This year we have seen so many images of the increasing impacts of climate change around the world. Pray for all those who are suffering as a result of our changing climate - who have lost family and friends, homes or livelihoods. Pray for those responding on the ground to these natural disasters and for those seeking to find solutions. Give thanks that, despite all of these things which seem out of our control, our ultimate hope is in Jesus.

20 Dec

Give thanks for the A Rocha family around the world and the many conservation, education and community projects they run in 20 different countries. Pray for this worldwide family as it shares, learns, inspires, supports and grows. Pray that all the A Rocha organisations would be courageous in the face of the climate crisis and the situations they encounter in each country - that they would bring encouragement and hope to the places where they serve.

27 Dec

Pray that this Christmas week would be a time of spiritual refreshment for the A Rocha UK family of staff and volunteers - and for all of us. Pray that we would all be encouraged again by the Christmas message of hope. May we find the time this week to celebrate the beauty of the natural world around us during this winter season. Lord, would you refresh each one of us and equip us all for whatever the coming year brings.