Prayer powerhouse gathers speed across North of England
Together Lancashire is inviting faith groups in Lancashire and across the North of England to take part in prayer events and activities with a focus on tackling poverty and deprivation during October ...
Together Lancashire is inviting faith groups in Lancashire and across the North of England to take part in prayer events and activities with a focus on tackling poverty and deprivation during October.
The North of England has a long history of being a House of Prayer. From the Celtic saints of Northumbria, the great abbeys, the Cathedrals and Minsters, the early, dissenters and Quakers, the Methodist revival in the midst of the industrial revolution, there has been a deep spiritual longing to transform the world as it is into the world as it ought to be.
Why do we need the Northern Prayerhouse?
"Christian organisations and faith networks are working hard to support those challenged by poverty," said Ken Wales, Chairman of Together Lancashire. "As austerity measures continue to bite, faith groups continue to respond, but are ever more stretched through lack of resource, and burdened by the higher expectations from the public sector that we can fill the gaps."
Gillian Beesley continues: "We wish to recognise the hard work, the pressures being faced by those who care and those we care for, and the resilience and expertise of people in local communities who are at the sharp end. At the same time, we wish to highlight areas of injustice and to appeal to decision makers and to God for change.
"The same issues are being felt across the North of England. Church Action on Poverty continues its campaign re the Right to Food, focusing on World Food Day on 16 October. The UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty takes place on 17 October 2016. It is also the 50th anniversary of Shelter.
"Faith groups will pray for those challenged by poverty and those supporting them. They will pray a basket of prayers from a neighbouring area and add their own. These prayers will be added to the basket and easily be transferred via an electronic ‘basket’ to the next neighbouring area. Some people may journey to neighbouring centres in person as 'pilgrim heralds/angels/messengers'."
To find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or look on www.cuf.org.uk/together-lancashire or the Together Lancashire Facebook page.
Together Lancashire is the lead body in co-ordinating the movement of prayers from event to event. The prayer page will capture all the prayers, and the map will show the location of the prayer events. For more information go to https://www.cuf.org.uk/news/northern-prayerhouse or email email@example.com.
"We are working with networks of faith groups, and in particular those in the ‘Together’ Network," said Gillian Beeley. "These include Wellsprings Together Bradford, Together Newcastle, Together Liverpool and Communities Together Durham. We work closely together to ensure that we spread best practice and resources to support our communities."