PGS Flyer 2016

GUEST SPEAKER: Debbie Prescott

currently on pastoral team at Melbourne Life Christian Church

DATE: Friday, 2nd September 2016

TIME: 10am-1pm (9.45am registration)

VENUE: St. Andrews Christian College

Innovation Centre

130 Tyner Road, Wantirna South (Melway 64 A12)

Parking available at Rembrandts

(kindly enter from Tyner road & follow signage)

 Come and be encouraged by other Prayer Groups throughout Victoria.

Light Refreshments provided.

For further information contact Marilyn on (03) 9874 5764 



March 2016 Newsletter

Greetings dear friends,

As 2016 began I had uneasiness about how this year would unfold. I didn’t have a verse/theme for us, and a venue had still to be found for our annual Prayer Day in September, and here we were in the last week of term one.

I knew that God wouldn’t let me and the PGS team down, and I knew I had to draw closer to God for direction and guidance. So in a week of prayer and fasting I waited on God to see what He was saying to me. Various schools were approached, and with many people praying, we waited on God for the confirmation of a venue that was of God’s choosing.

I was led to the verse in Isaiah 58:11 “The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your needs”. I knew this was to be our theme this year, and I knew I had to be guided to savour all that is yet to be discovered, and I knew that what came before and what is yet to come forms a marvellous mosaic of life.

God is good and we can truly say that every great move of God is because of prayer. Our prayers have been answered, a school has consented and invited us there, and we can happily announce that our prayer Day for Schools on Fri 2nd September is to be held at St Andrews College in Knoxfield. More info will be sent to you in July, but please mark this date in your diaries or phones (latter seems to be the modern trend!) and plan to be there.

John 8:12 says,” I am the Light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life. “Christ is our vision and either in waking or sleeping His presence is our light.

As you meet with your prayer groups or pray individually for our schools, pray the Lord’s Prayer over them. ”Your Kingdom come, your will be done” and see how God will guide you continually, aim high, believing that God has great things in store for us.

It’s a pleasure to have a new Support team member join us this year, and we welcome Jacinta being part of our team. She has replaced Jude, who sadly had to leave us due to other commitments. Thank you Jude for all your input and support over the past few years and we wish you God’s blessing in your future. We are always looking for more to join us on the team so if you feel God prompting you please contact us. We will work in with you.

We on the team are happy to support you and your prayer groups in whatever way we can, be it a visit or whatever. We really want to have other school ministry groups’ partner with us. And we‘d love to have more churches involved in supporting PGS. This could be by adopting schools in their community and praying for them. A team member will be happy to come and inform you more on this. Also pray for schools as you drive and walk past them. There are so many evil forces we need to pray against and our schools need our prayers. Pray for schools where your children, grandchildren, friends and relatives attend, and see what God can do.

Phil 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

So may this be the prayer we can all pray this year, and see how the Lord will guide us continually.

God bless you all,

Marilyn Ford (PGS Co-ordinator Vic)




GUEST SPEAKER: Debbie Prescott

Psychologist and currently pastor at Melbourne Life Christian Fellowship

Date: Friday, 4th September 2015

TIME: 10am-1pm (9.45am registration)

VENUE: Wesley College, Coates pavilion

620 High Street Rd, Glen Waverley

 enter via gate 1 (ample parking in school on entry)


Light Refreshments provided.

Come and meet with others from Prayer Groups throughout Victoria.

For further information contact

Marilyn on(03) 9874 5764 or


Greetings to you once again as we are nearing the end of term one. How time is flying! Let’s look ahead with anticipation to what God is going to do in our lives and in our schools this year.

Our theme/verse chosen for this year is from Lamentations 3:22 “Great is Your Faithfulness” and it goes on to say – “because of the Lord’s great love we aren’t consumed – His compassions never fail”. In Proverbs 3:3 we read “Let love and faithfulness never leave you – bind them around your neck” … like a beautiful necklace.

There are many times we feel that God doesn’t care when our life is in turmoil. To calm our fears we can cling to the faith of who God is and what He can do. We can take shelter in Him, and rest in an all powerful, wise, and loving God. We can trust that He will faithfully help us as we endure those hardships we face. God had promised that He will be with us and won’t leave us. He promised to be with Joshua wherever he went, and Joshua responded with complete devotion and surrender to his God. We too can abandon ourselves to our loving heavenly Father, who is our Director and rest in His love and faithfulness. God’s plan is for us to stand tall in spite of buffeting winds of life, and this is due to the love and support we receive from God and one another.

I would like to encourage you all to share the word about Prayer Groups in Schools in your churches and various prayer groups in which you are involved.

Many people are praying for schools but in an isolated way, unaware of the support the PGS network can offer them. Can we encourage you to share the vision – “to cover every Victorian school in prayer” today more than ever, with many of the SRI programs closing down in our schools. Please contact the Support team for more information, or if you are wanting to establish a new school prayer group, or want to be linked in with other prayer groups in your area. We are there to support you.

Lastly a date to put in your diaries – our annual Prayer Day for Schools this year is on Friday September 4th at Wesley College in Glen Waverley. Plan to be there. More information will be provided nearer to the date. Please pray for us as we plan ahead for that day. Thank you.

May God continue to bless and encourage you in your prayer groups as you continue to look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.

God’s great faithfulness and love are beyond measure. So let’s rehearse and proclaim this faithfulness and God’s goodness to us as we face the year ahead.


With Christian love,

Marilyn Ford (PGS Co-ordinator Vic)


Greetings to you all as the year draws to a close, and we can look back and see how God has been at work in our lives and in our schools. Most of you have been aware our theme/verse for this year is from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you…” and many have experienced this in reality.

Our annual Prayer Day for Schools this year was held at PLC, and again it was a day when we were encouraged and felt the presence of God in our midst.

It was encouraging having some first timers come, and about 90 people attended the day, representing 34 Primary Schools and 16 Secondary schools, along with some from other ministries such as Access, S.U., Salt Shakers and VCCE and prayer intercessors.

The PLC staff were very supportive in helping plan the day, and we want to thank their Principal Elaine Collin and Chaplain Charles Green for their participation on the day and prior help. Elaine shared some wonderful outcomes of answered prayers by the staff for all the students and those in need. We were encouraged and inspired by this godly Principal who is a wonderful role model to PLC. Thank you Elaine.

We were ministered to in song by the PLC choral choir singing “Gloria In Excelsis Deo”. Then followed a time of praise and then testimonies- given by Sarah, Bronwyn, and Dalrene, all sharing experiences of answered prayers.

Sarah, from Mt Pleasant Rd P.S. shared how their group meets weekly with people from different denominations, but all are one in Christ. Their group has been functioning for 5 years and when they meet, they thank God for their school and pray for their staff and school community. They are also involved in practical ways within the school and in outside community events. Their group has seen answered prayers in appointed chaplains, healing in families and permission to pray on the school premises.

Bronwyn, from Caulfield Grammar, pointed out they have 3 campuses,, and pray for the safety of school, staff and students. They are aware many students are unknown to them as they pray for their schools, but are aware God is in their midst, and loves all His people.

Dalrene, from PLC emphasized the influence of prayer in her life from her family and in her youth and now how prayer and trusting in the Lord has helped her overcome difficulties she has faced in her life. She is involved in 2 prayer groups at PLC, and she shared how the God who parted the Red Sea can do wonders today. In her weakness God is her strength. She emphasized the need to pray for our schools and our nation, and when we do our part God will do His.

All girls mentioned that God has a plan for us in our schools and that He is in control.

Again two prayer sessions were held in small cluster groups covering many prayer points. This is always a special aspect included in this day.

Our guest speaker for the day was Elida Brereton who impacted us with her humour, inspiration and motivation. She shared how her church and youth group had influenced her life in her teen years, and even now some from that youth group still meet together. In some of the schools where she taught the teachers got together for prayer, and in some of the schools she experienced tough times and prayer was certainly needed. She shared some humorous stories of her teaching experiences. Parents prayed for one of her teaching appointments where she was for many years, and she realised it was God’s plan that she be there, encouraging those students and raising their morale, and being a blessing to many. Wherever she taught she had no doubt in her mind that prayer mattered and is a wonderful thing.

Since the Prayer day visits have been made to Benalla and Bendigo, sharing the PGS Vision and arousing an interest in praying for schools in those areas, and with churches adopting schools to pray for. The outcome has been encouraging with small groups meeting regularly to pray for schools in areas, and also regular prayer walks. Please uphold these rural areas where there is a real need for prayer.

Thanks to all our faithful prayer intercessors, leaders and members of prayer groups for supporting PGS. I pray a blessing on all our schools that we can trust in God who knows the plans and future for our schools and us.

What plans has God in store for you in 2015? Are you moving on to be a channel of blessing? Is God prompting you to become more involved in PGS? We need more helpers on Support team to reach areas where there is a need for prayer support. Receive His love, and He will raise you up and reveal to you His will and purpose for your life.

Thanks be to God for the privilege it is to approach our Father in prayer, and to be His servants on earth.

Blessings to you all this Christmas, and safety in the holidays. By the way, the web site is now up and running again.


From all of us on support team Marilyn (Co-ordinator), Chiara, Dalrene, Jude, Lai Poh, Lyn and Rosie.


Greetings to you all as we have now begun 2013.

What are your thoughts as you face the year ahead? Do you have doubts concerns on issues or events you know you’ll be facing this year? It could be uncertainty with work and lost jobs causing financial strain, marriage breakdowns, family issues or other situations. We don’t need to carry these burdens, as we are told in 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety (cares) on him because He cares for you.” This is our text chosen for this year. You don’t need to carry your worries, stresses and daily struggles by yourself, as this shows you haven’t trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility to recognise that God cares for you to admit your need and let others in God’s family help you. Sometimes we feel that struggles caused by our own sin and foolishness are not God’s concern, but when we turn to Him in repentance He will bear the weight of those struggles. Let God know these anxieties and submit them to the Lord who controls all circumstances.

Our precious Saviour is tremendously interested in all our sorrows and trials and He delights to have us pour out our hearts to Him when burdens press upon us and cares cause distress. Many of us cast our cares and troubles upon Him, but before we can arise from our knees we take them back again upon our shoulders and seek to choose our own path. This grieves our Lord. We need to take our burdens to Him and leave them there. Trust Him with your trials and He will bless you with His peace, because He cares for you.

We need to trust God as the giver of all life. He wants our faith to grow and shine forth as gold. God tests us for a good purpose, and for His glory, and this builds our faith. Don’t build your house on the sand, but make sure you have a firm foundation. Trust in the Lord.

As the term progresses we have been encouraged to hear of new prayer groups wanting to start, others continuing on, and all of us on the support team excited as we wait on God to see what He is going to do in our schools as we cover them in prayer.

Please feel free to contact any of us on team if you’d like us to visit your group, start a prayer group or want help in organising an area meeting with other schools in your area.

This year’s Prayer Day for Schools is to be on Fri 6th September at Scotch college school. More details will be in next newsletter, but mark in your diaries now, and plan to be there.

So when the day seems dark and trials seem too much for you, remember that God has promised that He will not lay on us more than we can bear. All we need to do is “Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.”


Blessings to you all,
Marilyn Ford (PGS co-ordinator Vic)


Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that 2013 will soon be behind us. As we reflect back on this past year we can give thanks to God for many answered prayers-either in our own personal lives or in our schools. Thank you to all who have faithfully prayed for our schools and others who have led prayer groups. Your prayers are important. Also thank you to those who have given financial support.

Prayer Day for Schools is held annually at a host school, and this year it was at Scotch College. It was held on 6th September, with about 70 attendees, of that 24 Primary schools and 16 Secondary schools were represented, with 30/40 of those schools having a prayer group. So you can see there is need for Prayer Groups in Schools.

The programme consisted of the Scotch College’s Chamber Choir who ministered to us beautifully in song, community singing, short testimonies, prayer sessions in cluster groups and our guest speaker was Justin Simpson from ACCESS ministries. In our second prayer session this year we divided groups into areas, (e.g. Whitehorse, Bayside etc.) and this enabled others to meet neighbouring school prayer warriors and hopefully there will be further unity and support in their areas.

Mr Batty (Scotch Principal) and Graham Bradbeer (school Chaplain) spoke on behalf of the school. And we’d like to thank Graham especially for all his help in planning the Prayer Day at Scotch and refreshments which followed.
Our first testimony was from David, a senior member, originally a student at Scotch and involved in Prayer group, then on the staff and now retired. He and his “older generation” (in their 80’s) prayer warriors still meet regularly to pray for neighbouring schools. He encouraged us that we are never too young or too old to pray for schools, and we don’t have to have children still at school to be our excuse. So I encourage any grandparents out there to be praying for the schools your grandchildren attend.

Next we heard from Ping, from Wesley, and she shared how their prayer group has only been going for 12 months. It started with 4 and they now number 10 and God is working in their midst. They even have a student prayer group started this year too…having seen the impact of prayer group with the parents. What a wonderful witness.

Maureen from Heatherton Christian College emphasised the importance of being involved in a school prayer group for the past 8 years. She has seen many answers to prayer and the most recent one was the acquisition of land adjoining their school that now they can utilise.

Jude then shared how she had been involved in 2 school prayer groups over the years, currently at Ringwood Secondary College. She has experienced spiritual and practical help and support from her involvement in prayer groups, and Jude has now been part of our Support Team for 12 months too and has seen the important part the Support team has in helping other groups. She encouraged more to prayerfully consider joining the Support team, as we need more people to branch out to other areas, such as the Western Suburbs and regional areas. Is God speaking to you? Also Ringwood Secondary College has started a student Prayer Group. Doesn’t this emphasise the example we can set to our children of the importance of prayer and that they can relate to their peer group too?

We were very encouraged with Justin Simpson’s words of inspiration and encouragement – focusing on our theme for this year “Casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you. “(1 Peter 5:7)
Justin was saying that sometimes we can feel we aren’t in control – but we can learn from each other. By using 3 words: THINK, PAIR and SHARE. Think for a minute and ask yourself “What are the things in life causing stress, concern and worry?” Pair up with someone and share those concerns. As intercessors we can be burdened for the outcome. Look at our verse from 1 Peter 5:7, this message is for you as you intercede for others. Then two other verses: “Come unto Me all who labour and are heavy laden”, and “Don’t be anxious about anything” (Phil: 4:6). Sometimes we worry about our concerns rather than interceding. Jesus gives us His peace. Give our burdens for our schools to Him. Cast our cares i.e. throw overboard as in casting a net, cast ALL to Him.

Justin also encouraged us to partner together with other schools ministries, and make ourselves more widely known, asking God for guidance and direction.

Marilyn (PGS Coordinator) then reported on the following. We have had area meetings in Whitehorse and Maroondah, and would like to see more areas involved in the next year. The Support team will help you as you ask us.
A new student Prayer group started at Wesley, and only a month ago in answer to prayer, a prayer group has started at Camberwell Boys Grammar, with five attending. We need to let the school community be aware we have or want to start prayer groups in our schools. We all know the power of prayer.

We have been working in more with other school ministries such as CRE and Kids Hope and SU. And in May this year some of us from team went to a Schools Ministry Expo organised by S.U. This was an excellent way to make known the work that the different organisations are doing in schools and how we can partner together.

Sadly we say farewell to Julie Wong (Manningham area leader) from the Support team at the end of this year. Thank you Julie for your commitment, prayers and support over the years you have been on team. We’ll miss you, but pray God’s blessing on you as you move on to what God has planned for your future. May God bless you and your family.

I’d like to share some thought on our passage from 1 Peter 5:7 ‘’Casting all your cares on Him because He care for you” Isn’t that verse a comfort? When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to God. Back off a bit and redirect your focus on Him. Don’t let the unexpected events throw you off course. As soon as something grabs your attention talk to God about it. He shares your joys and problems and helps you cope. This is the way of peace. Our Heavenly Father takes pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring all your requests to Him. The more you pray the more answers you’ll receive, and this strengthens your faith as your specific prayers are answered. Come before Him with open hands and heart ready to receive all He has for you. God is standing silently in the background of your mind, waiting for you to remember He is with us. When you turn from your problem into His presence your load is immediately lighter, then together you and God can handle whatever the day brings. We need to look UP to Him and direct our thoughts ON Him, in hopeful anticipation of what He’ll do. Grip God’s hand tightly and stay in close communion with Him. Remember His promise. “I can keep you in perfect peace as you stay close to me”.

And now as I close I leave these verses of comfort with you… promises from God.

  • Deut 31:16 “Do not be afraid because I am with you. No matter what happens I will never leave you nor forsake you”
  • Phi l 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God.”
  • Matt 11:28 “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”
  • 1 Pet 5:7 “Cast all your cares on him because He cares for you”

On behalf of the support team Chiara, Dalrene, Julie, Jude, Lai Poh and Lyn (thank you all for your commitment this year), we wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and look forward to what the New Year will bring.

A date for your diaries. Venue for 2014 Prayer Day for Schools will be at PLC Burwood on Friday 5th September.

Blessings to all,

Marilyn Ford (PGS Coordinator Vic)

PGS Support Team 2013


Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.”

Dear Friends,

This is the verse/theme we have for this year. As we start another year we may go forward with uncertainty as to what this year will bring. But as we read this verse isn’t it reassuring to know that someone does know and will direct us? God is with us in all we do even the most menial tasks. He is aware of us and concerned for every detail of our life. Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go”.

With our focus on him we feel safe and complete. Look to the Lord in all your moments and circumstances and come into his presence and as long as you stay close to him you will eventually learn to relax and enjoy the adventures of journeying with him. Make that relationship with him your primary concern. Trust him in all situations and at all times. In our life there will be times when we’re not sure of what to do, and that’s when we turn to Him for guidance because he knows the plans he has for us, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

A date for your diary is Friday September 5th when we’ll be having our Prayer Day for Schools – this year at PLC Burwood. More details later – please be praying for this day and also for PGS as we face opposition in the schools that the barriers will be pulled down and we will be able to give God the glory for what he is going to do in our schools in 2014.

Following on are some ideas/suggestions that may be helpful for your Prayer Group:

  • a morning tea for staff. Working in with CRE, Kids Hope and PGS, etc
  • letting staff be aware there is a prayer group in the school, praying for the school community
  • with your extended family and church “adopt a school” and pray for them. (One in local community without a prayer group)
  • in your prayer groups ask the question “What do you want to happen in your school?”
  • do a prayer walk around your school.
  • In your groups have short bullet prayers. Short and to the point and this can allow others to follow on the same theme.
  • keep a note of prayer points and at the end of the year review answered prayers.
  • If you can’t meet personally send email prayer points to each other. Perhaps have a monthly night meeting if some are working and unable to be present in the day.
  • ask the question to schools without prayer group, “Would you like a prayer group to start in your school? We can help you get started.” Contact us on support team and we will guide you or visit as desired. We are only a phone call away.

Bless you all, and if you would like to help us or be involved in the Support team, we would love to hear from you. The harvest is ready but the workers are few.

Thank you for your prayer support,


Marilyn Ford (PGS Co-ordinator Vic)