On Saturday, we were thrilled to see that The Times published an excellent article looking at the growing number of Civic Prayer Events in village, towns and cities across the UK – as supported by Cinnamon Network.
The article identifies that local authorities are under extreme pressure and are welcoming the growing number of church networks offering to host a Civic Prayer Event, and effectively, to stand with embattled leaders in shared goals for the village, town or city.
One of those cities featured was Stoke-on-Trent, a Civic Prayer Event that I had attended earlier in the summer. Over 250 civic and church leaders were in attendance and heard from the Chief Constable of the local police force among others. It was a terrific opportunity to understand and gain a city-wide vision and follow up with focused prayer. When the first civic prayer event was held in 2008, council leaders were so impressed that the Lord Mayor asked for it to be an annual event.
We have linked to The Times article for you here (behind a paywall).
As Dr Jonathan Oloyede of the National Day or Prayer said “Be courageous. People love these events and they will come. Just engage, be relational and they will be moved”.
Why not plan your Civic Prayer Event in the next six months? We’d love to support you.