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01 September 2011 Bracknell, United Kingdom [tedNEWS] Newly arrived Principal, Dr Philip Brown, concluded his devotional at the first staff meeting for the new academic year at Newbold by inviting staff to accompany him on a prayer walk around campus.


As staff walked the campus they paused in front of each main building. While in front of Salisbury Hall, Gifford Rhamie (Theology Lecturer) prayed for staff members and students and their interactions based in and around this building over the year ahead. A little further into the walk and while facing towards Moor Close Annet Johnston (Admissions & Records Officer) prayed for staff responsible for estate services, food services, grounds and caretaking. The walk continued onto Murdoch Hall where Abigail Wright (Senior Management Accountant) prayed for all staff and student interactions as well as student recruitment, IT support and related services based in this part of the campus. Staff concluded the campus walk in the vicinity of the Library and residence halls where Cedric Vine (Theology Lecturer) prayed for library staff as well as for those living on campus and those serving in these locations.

As Dr Brown reminded, prayer is less about using God per se and more often about getting us in a position where God can use us. His devotional was based on Romans 8:28 [The Clear Word] which reads: “We don’t even know how we should pray or what we need, and when we think we do, we don’t know how to say it right. The Holy Spirit takes our deepest emotions and longings and puts them into the beautiful language of Heaven, pleading with God as if we were right there.” [tedNEWS]

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