dreamstimeextrasmall451758-1Christians in Pharmacy Prayer - 2017

This is our prayer blog for 2017. Please feel free to add any comments or requests of your own as the prayer requests through the year. If you prefer to send these by email, please contact help@christiansinpharmacy.org

It's encouraging to hear how CiP is growing in membership by word of mouth, and also with the engagement of the leadership team, and how it is encouraging our brothers and sisters in the world of pharmacy.

We are thankful to the Lord for His many blessings and would be grateful if our members could pray for the following:

July - September Prayer Points 

We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to pray for in this third quarter of the year.

Firstly, for thanksgiving:

  1. Thank God that the submission of CiP to the GPhC consultation on ‘Religion, Personal Values and Belief’ and the prayers of our members were, in the end, heard and that the detailed guidance around how the proposed re-worded standard is to be interpreted retains the ability of Christians in the pharmacy world to act in line with their conscience and the best interests of patients when being asked to supply morally contentious products and services.
  2. In a similar vein we also thank God for the support that we received from several other Christian organisations on this issue.
  3. Give thanks that Michael Coveney has agreed to be our plenary speaker on the topic of ‘Servant hearted leadership in the workplace’ at our forthcoming London meeting (Saturday 14th October, Christian Concern, 70 Wimpole Street, London).
  4. For both thanks and prayer -  please give thanks that CiP has had sufficient funds to cover its required expenditure to date and pray for the Lord’s provision as we face some additional expenditure in the near future.
For prayer. Please pray:
  1. for the CiP leadership team that we will know the Lord’s guidance as we seek to grow the organisation both in terms of numbers and in terms of relationships.
  2. for a good attendance at the London conference and that those who attend will be encouraged and blessed both on the day and as they serve in their own workplaces.
  3. for members under pressure.  In particular:
    • those who are experiencing staff shortages, difficulty in recruitment and hence increased personal workloads especially in the hospital and mental health sector
    • those who are finding it difficult to ‘switch off’ due to a constant high level of demand
    • those experiencing uncertainty due to the potential effects of Brexit, especially:
      • the MHRA (30% of their work is currently directly undertaken for Europe)/EMA
      • Pharma Industry who need wisdom for where to base research and production post Brexit.
  4. for students who are about to enter university to study pharmacy or related courses. That they will meet with Christians in their universities and grow in their faith and their chosen profession.

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January-February 2017 

Dear All,
We hope you all had a great Christmas break. As we head into a New Year with all its possibilities and challenge please pray for:
  1. A robust but grace filled response to the GPhC consultation on ‘Religion, Personal Values and Beliefs’ that will lead to the rights of rights of pharmacists to decline to be involved in certain contentious practices protected or enhanced.  Please pray for the leadership team as we consider how best to respond to this “most serious threat to our conscience clause in at least the last 30 years”.  Please also pray that we will be effective in helping our membership and the wider Christian public respond.  This is an issue not only for Pharmacy but several other professions too.
  2. The staff of the MHRA and pharmaceutical companies at this time of uncertainty regarding the impact of the Brexit vote timing and its aftermath. Let’s pray that new safe and effective medicines can be made available to patients without unnecessary regulatory delays.
  3. Wisdom and success for those researching treatments in currently inadequately treated areas.
  4. Sound ethical principles to underpin discussions and decisions about how to progress the therapeutic application of potential cell based therapies (such as stem cell therapies, somatic stem line modifications, mitochondrial therapies etc)
  5. Our next get together in London on the 29th October.  that people will attend and that relationships across CiP will be developed.  It might also be a good idea to put the date in your diary!
  6. The leadership of CiP as we continue to build the organisation through genuine relationships. Pray that members who have attended recent events will continue to stay in touch with us and each other. Pray also that God will provide the needs of the organisation including finance, vision and wisdom about what to do when.
  7. Healing for Chik Kaw (secretary CiP) who is currently suffering from some serious eye problems
  8. That Christian students studying Pharmacy or pharmacy related courses will be an example to their colleagues and be effectively linked with the CU’s in their places of study.
With the prayers of the leadership team that you would be blessed in your service for Him in the pharmaceutical world.

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