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Chester: MP is special guest as leaders pray for city

Chester’s first Civic Prayer Breakfast took place on 15 June with more than 50 faith, business and city leaders plus social activists from all walks of life gathered together to ‘pray for the welfare of the city’.

Special guest was Chris Matheson MP for Chester, he spoke of the role and place of faith communities within the life of the city and the important the contribution they bring is to local communities across the city. He highlighted how faith groups have been delivering local, low-cost, innovative services for generations – without recognising or being recognised as such.” And  the importance to link in the Faith Communities, as we work together for the benefit of all, sharing expertise and assets.

Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick was interviewed about her role and work across the region. She reflected on the impact that the high numbers  of people within our society that were struggling/suffering with mental health and wellbeing was having on the police service with a high percentage of calls they deal with had this as its root cause! Prayers were led by Rev Jonathan Phillips of St Peters and Sue Glover, the Link Up Prayer Coordinator.

Jo Sykes also spoke about her lifelong involvement with Chester Mystery Plays – she had been involved as an actor in earlier productions but for the 2018 cycle, Jo is the Chair of Chester Mystery Plays and with just under two weeks to go to opening night she talked about the excitement and commitment of the cast of more than 300 local people who were taking part in this year’s plays. She encouraged everyone present to purchase a ticket and bring friends to the plays in Chester Cathedral.

The morning was hosted by Cllr Alex Black, the Lord Mayor of Chester and Rev Andy Glover, a local church leader and also a leader of Link Up.

If you’d like to see photos and videos from the day, head over to Link Up Facebook page or follow on Twitter @_LinkUp

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