Diocese of Manchester

    Pentecost Songs of Praise

    Ten days of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come concluded with moving testimonies at the Pentecost Songs of Praise at Manchester Cathedral.

    The cathedral Beacon Event heard testimonies from five people, each of whom chose a worship song that had particular significance to them. They were sensitively interviewed by BBC Radio's Mike Shaft.

    Seventeen-year-old Cecily O'Sullivan spoke of how her faith has grown through difficult times and the summer youth camp in Finland run by the diocesan youth officer. Cecily is one of our young leaders on the Isonen Programme. She plans to train to be a youth leader and possibly explore ordination training.

    The Revd Freda Jackson spoke about her work to bridge the gap between young and old people and how important it is to get them together. She was recognised for her work when she was awarded the British Empire Medal.

    Mike Shaft with group who gave testimonies
    Mike Shaft with the five people who gave testimonies

    Fifteen-year-old Freddie Torrance, who is about to be confirmed in the Church of England, is a worship monitor at his school and regularly speaks out openly about his faith at school.

    Peter Lemi, from Sudan, fled the country when things got tough there. He recalls messing up by stealing, being unfaithful in relationships and losing the trust of his family and community. When his health deteriorated the people turned against him, Peter resorted to prayer, 'Thy will be done'. He woke the next morning feeling completely different and 'alive again'. Peter has since become a difference person and has committed himself to prayer. He said, "I see the world differently now. It's a miracle. People trust me again and I see God in everyone."

    Debbie Dickenson described how she was burdened with poverty, relationship breakdown, stress and depression. As a carer for her mother, she would take her to church and began listening to the readings and prayers. She slowly came to faith, realising that 'God had been there all the time'. Debbie is to be confirmed next week.

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