24 hour prayer relay to support the God for All vision
A special 24 hour ‘prayer relay’ is to be run across Cumbria to encourage as many people as possible to come to know God in their lives.
Christians of all denominations are being asked to prayerfully engage with the ecumenical God for All vision, that all people in the county have the opportunity to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.
It’s also a response to a letter sent to every serving parish priest in the Church of England from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in which they call for the evangelisation of the nation in a ‘great wave of prayer’ which will run from 8 to 15 May.
As part of that, the 24 hour prayer relay will take place across Cumbria on May 11. People are being asked to sign up to half hour time slots via the God for All website.
The Rev’d Mike Talbot is the Evangelism Enabler in the county and is helping to co-ordinate prayer events across Cumbria.
He said: “You may be at church, at work, at home or out and about; you may be alone or joined by others; you may even have to set your alarm clock for a prayer slot in the early morning!
“There are a wide variety of different ways in which each of us could join in. Maybe you are already planning to meet to pray at some point on May 11, so why not sign up to a time slot?
“If you’re not sure how to use the time don’t worry as we will have plenty of prayer resources available via the God for All website. It would be fantastic to see every time slot filled; even those in the middle of the night!”
As well as the relay, a series of other prayer events are also being held across the county during the week. These include:
• prayer postcards with suggestions how to pray and start a conversation available in Carlisle Cathedral from Sunday 1 May. A prayer station will also be open daily there from 7.30am to 6pm until Monday 16 May where candles can be lit and prayers written.
• a 24/7 Prayer Room at St Nicholas Chapel, Lowther Street, Whitehaven between 8 and 15 May. People can sign up for time slots at St Nicholas café,
• a 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer event to be led by The Way Church and Cumbria Prayer Conference in Carlisle on Sunday 8 May at 5pm, in the chapel of the University of Cumbria, on Fusehill Street. The evening will involve sung worship, creative prayer, and communion, followed by a bring-and-share supper at 6.25pm,
• a 12 hour prayer relay in Appleby Church from 6.00am to 6.00pm on May 11. Prayer stations will be set up to help people focus on different aspects of prayer and evangelism so that people are not daunted by ‘having to pray’,
• travelling prayer across Barrow from 9 to 15 May, with gatherings with different churches at different locations. For more visit www.facebook.com/believeinbarrow
• Kendal Parish Church will host prayer workshops between 9 May and 14 May and will be open for prayer throughout the week as well as St George's and St Thomas's in the town centre.
Mike added: “It has been exciting to see how, right across Cumbria, people are responding in creative ways to this invitation to pray.
“The Bible is clear that when we pray God hears, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens as a result of this week of prayer.”
National partners in the week of prayer initiative include 24-7 Prayer, HOPE, the World Prayer Centre, the Neighbourhood Prayer Network and the National Day of Prayer and Worship.
Notes to editors
For more on God for All and the Pentecost Prayer initiative visit www.godforall.org.uk.
For more resources for the week of prayer visit www.thykingdom.co.uk.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.