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Lent prayer guide aims to make communities like new again

A Christian charity has produced a Lent Prayer Guide to help people pray for the night-time economy as well as participate in a daily #Do1NiceThing challenge between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday (6 March – 21 April).

Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network have produced the resource as a tool for the church to prayerfully engage in issues that are prevalent within communities at night.

The booklet, which has a theme of Making City Streets Like New Again, showcase some of the agencies and organisations who are helping bring change within society including Street Angels, Club Angels and Festival Angels.

The Lent Prayer Guide, which is available to download for free from cninetwork.org/lent, includes reflections from national church leaders including: Bishop of Wakefield, Right Reverend Tony Robinson; founder of ROC Debra Green OBE; former General Superintendent of Elim, John Glass; theologian and author John Drane; Director of Christians on the Left, Louise Davies; Director of Christian Police Association, Lee Russell; and CEO of Mercy UK, Arianna Walker.

Included within the Prayer Guide are daily #Do1NiceThing ideas which encourage people to serve others and the wider community each day in Lent.

The resource also includes words of support for CNI Network and local projects from leaders within a wide range of organisations including the Evangelical Alliance, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Churches Together in England, Cinnamon Network, Big Church Day Out and Purple Flag.

Founder and CEO of CNI Network, Paul Blakey MBE, says of the Lent Prayer Guide, "This resource is a fantastic way to get the church across the UK engaged in prayer with an aim of making our night-time communities like new again. Week after week volunteers from the church and community are partnering to serve on the frontline and provide help and support in a wide variety of ways.

"I believe that prayer and action go hand in hand and the results are tangible with lower crime, problems solved and communities strengthened. CNI Network's Prayer Guide will help more people engage in prayer and action which will benefit society even further."

The Lent Prayer Guide can be downloaded for free as a PDF and image files, which can be shared on social media, from cninetwork.org/lent.

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