We pray for pregnant women seeking mental health care. It was revealed last week that thousands of pregnant women in England were denied vital mental health help during the pandemic. God, we pray for comfort and peace for those struggling with their mental health in the pandemic, and for increased support for perinatal mental health needs.
We pray for pupils experiencing disrupted learning. As cases rise in schools, hundreds of thousands of pupils have been out of school for Covid-related reasons in the past weeks, leading to further educational disruption. God, we pray for stability for students, and that they might be enabled to pursue learning going forwards.
We give thanks for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This week, the treaty celebrated its fourth anniversary since the adoption of the treaty in the UN. God, we give thanks for treaties, organisations, and activists who are seeking to make the world a more peaceful place.
We give thanks for work promoting gender equality. Billions of pounds were pledged at a UN forum recently to support efforts to tackle gender inequality. God, we give thanks that you love all people, regardless of gender, and pray for the promotion of equality and dignity for all people.
We pray for Florida. Rescue teams searching the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in the state have lost hope of finding survivors, with many still missing. God, we pray for comfort for those who are mourning loved ones after this collapse.
We pray for people experiencing homelessness. Last week, as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill returned to parliament, leading homelessness charities warned that the bill could criminalise large numbers of people simply for being homeless. God, we pray that those without a place to call home might feel your comfort and protection.
We pray for Haiti. Last week, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was fatally shot, amid political turmoil as the country still recovers from a major earthquake in 2010. God, we pray that the people of Haiti might be blessed with a just peace and stability in the coming weeks and years.