Call to prayer for Brexit
19 March 2019 IN: Bishop
All three bishops serving the Diocese of Manchester have called for churches to join in with five days of national prayer for unity as the deadline for Brexit approaches.
Churches will be encouraged to host informal café-style meetings over the weekend of 30 March to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion.
Backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, resources launched today at www.churchofengland.org/together include prayers for use in services and special gatherings. They also include invitations for people to ‘get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future’. The prayers and events will go ahead, even if the date for Brexit is delayed.
St Chad's Rochdale hosted Brexit prayers and conversation. You can listen in on BBC Sounds, starting at 05:27.
Good conversation with Matt from @BBC about #brexit We have had a steady stream of brexiteers and remainers in church today sharing cake, tea and prayer. #together @DioManchester @ChristChHealey pic.twitter.com/njDOIh8NlW
— Mark Coleman (@hellomarkC) 30 March 2019
Brexit will be a cause of celebration for some and lament for others, but one thing is clear - we can no longer continue to define one other by how we voted in the referendum. The time has come for communities to come together to serve the common good, in our nation and in our relationship with the rest of Europe.