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Lancashire invites faith groups across the North of England to take part in
prayer events and activities with a focus on tackling poverty and deprivation during October and November 2016
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 networks are
addressing challenges of poverty. As
austerity measures continue to bite, faith groups continue to respond, ever
more stretched through lack of resource, and burdened by the higher
expectations from the public sector that we can pick up the pieces.
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
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 took place on 17th
What is The
pass prayers from area to area across the North of England - these are collected together in a booklet following this link
will pray for those challenged by poverty and those supporting them. You will pray a prayers from a
neighbouring area and add your own. Your
prayers will be added to the 'basket' and easily be transferred via an electronic
‘basket’ to the next neighbouring area.
If you want you could journey to neighbouring centres in person as “pilgrim
heralds/angels/messengers”. Together Lancashire will coordinate the movement of
prayers from prayer event to event.
you have to do?
local area is invited to hold a prayer event to pray for those in a neighbouring
area as well as their own. An area might
be a local parish or congregation, a home group or prayer cell, or the staff,
volunteers and service users of a local community project or food bank. Or it could be an inter-church network or a
group of projects that work together. Their prayers would then be passed to the
next area electronically by email.
Each local area will decide which aspect(s) of
the web of poverty to focus on. There
could be several strands coming together in one place, or a series of strands
on different days, eg homelessness, food poverty – that is for the area to
decide. Make it manageable and simple.
Each local prayer event would take place in
October and into November. We want people to
feel part of a larger movement which is making a difference.
How it will work
Sign up to the Northern Prayerhouse with dates and locations (town or area) of
All the prayers from one area will be put in an
email (If you write prayers on post its or flip charts just take a photo of
them and of your event and attach it) and passed to the next area – which would
pray those prayers, then pray their own.
As well as recognising our dedication to our communities, we can talk
about social justice (or rather injustice).
We could share stories highlighting the distress caused by poverty and
how we as organisations are responding.
Each local area organisation is responsible for
the organisation of its own prayer event and for collecting prayers to put into
the electronic basket. You will also be
responsible for sending out your own invitations, and arranging any local
it all up
is the lead body in co-ordinating the movement of prayers from event to
event. TL will provide a Facebook group
and/or blog to use as the ‘basket’ to share prayers. Once we know who is taking part we will make
linkages between different localities.
There will be a comments and responses section where people can record
any answers to prayer, relevant Scriptures etc.
Better understanding of
the local concerns and how these are being addressed
Sharing of knowledge
Prayers will be Answered
For more information please contact email@example.com