Christians pray in Parliament as Joining the Dots tour enters second year
On Wednesday (26 February 2014), Christians from across the whole of the UK will meet together for two significant prayer events within the Parliamentary estate in London ...
On Wednesday (26 February 2014), Christians from across the whole of the UK will meet together for two significant prayer events within the Parliamentary estate in London.
The events will focus on praying for the Government, those affected by the recent floods, and to launch the second year of Joining the Dots, the national legacy of the Wembley 2012 prayer gathering.
In 2013, the National Day of Prayer began a national tour with partners including UCB, Neighbourhood Prayer Network, Urban Saints and Sublime UK. The aim of the tour is to promote and encourage prayer within the church, networks and local communities as a visible expression of unity.
On Wednesday afternoon, a smaller Prayer Surge meeting will take place in one of the committee rooms within Parliament. The event will be sponsored by Fiona Bruce MP. This is part of a more regular gathering which seeks to support MPs in prayer and pastoral support.
In the evening, Dr Jonathan Oloyede, Convenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship will lead a larger Joining the Dots Reception sponsored by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Labour's Faith Envoy, the Rt Hon Gary Streeter, Chair of Christians in Parliament and the Rt Hon David Burrowes, Chair of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
The Reception will see the launch of Joining the Dots in 2014 as the tour to towns and cities across the Nation continues, as well as celebrating the work of a number of Christian ministries. We will also focus on praying for those affected by the recent floods.
The Reception also sees the launch of a free new Joining the Dots resource of a 30-day gift edition of The Word for Today which will be circulated during the 2014 tour. The Word for Today celebrates 20 years of publication in 2014 and as a partner of Joining the Dots is delighted to offer this resource.
Speaking in advance of the Reception, Dr Jonathan Oloyede, Convenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship said:
"Joining the Dots has been such an encouragement in 2013. Towns and Cities uniting to prayer for their many needs has shown the best of the church in action. I believe there is more work to done to keep this legacy of Wembley alive.
"I am looking forward to Wednesday's Reception in Parliament as we bring together church leaders who we have encountered to show God at work in the Nation. I am delighted that MPs have united to jointly invite us back to Parliament where we launched our tour a year ago. I want to thank those in the Church who have taken seriously again the call to prayer and look forward to seeing evangelism, mission and breakthrough in our communities."
Also, welcoming the group to Parliament for Wednesday's event, the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Labour Faith Envoy said:
"I am delighted to sponsor the Joining the Dots Celebration in Parliament. I applaud the work of Dr Jonathan Oloyede and his team since their last Reception in Parliament. The legacy of prayer from Wembley 2012 is being built upon month by month.
"Christians across the country, rooted in prayer, are putting their faith into action and contributing to transformation and renewal.
"I welcome the joint publication between the National Day of Prayer and Worship and United Christian Broadcasting which is being launched at the Reception this week. This is designed to help Christians to grow in their own personal faith and prayer life."