London Prayer Loop

London Prayer Loop

Transform Southwark are really pleased to support London Prayer Loop and would encourage as many churches in the borough as possible to get involved on 16th June 2018.

Further details can be found on the Neighbourhood Prayer Network website

The following article is taken from their prayer letter about the event;

Whatever happens in London, affects everyone of us and I truly believe that when we see London in revival, the whole of the UK will follow.  The gap between rich and poor in London could not be more stark with housing prices keeping many ordinary families from owning their own homes and with the cost of living being so high.  Whatever gaps between rich and poor exist across the UK, this can be felt more keenly on the streets of London.  The gap in income between people living in London and those outside of London is also growing!   London Prayer Loop is a small step of faith in obedience to God…please join us if God has laid this assignment on your heart.
If like me, you are not from London, I implore you to consider joining us on what we believe will be a very significant day, where we will be calling for an end to the violence in London and asking God to move powerfully both in London and the whole of the UK.
In a time of prayer at the start of the year, we intended to keep this project low key, to a handful of people as we work towards a much larger version of the same project over the coming years.

The knife crime, violence and murders across the capital has meant that there seems to be an urgency to pray for London, now, whatever happens in the future.  Lisa Hutt, our church liaison co-ordinator has been doing a fantastic job of co-ordinating this project and has been connecting with many people.

Our aim on the 16th June, a few short days away, is to see each of the 24 sections of the London Loop covered in prayer, with at least two people per section.  We intend to meet up at Nelson’s column at 3pm the same afternoon, for those who would like to meet others.  Right now we have some sections with a lot of people and other sections with one person  or no one walking.  We have been careful to let people choose walks of significance to individuals and groups, rather than imposing routes on people.

Here are a list of the sections we need some people to prayer-walk.  Please email Lisa.Hutt@neighbourhoodprayer.net if you would like to join us on this day.  Let us please get each section covered so that the outskirts of London are covered in prayer!

Sections that require 2 prayer walkers

Section 2 – Bexley High Street (Tan Yard Lane) to Jubilee Country Park – 7 miles
Section 3 – Jubilee Country Park to Gates Green Road, Wickham Common – 9 miles
Section 4 – Gates Green Road, West Wickham Common to Hamsey Green – 10 miles
Section 5 – Hamsey Green to Coulsdon South Station – 6 miles
Section 8 – Ewell to Kingston Bridge – 7.3 miles
Section 10 – Hatton Cross to Hayes & Harlington – 3.5 miles
Section 11 – Hayes & Harlington to Uxbridge – 7.5 miles
Section 12 – Uxbridge to Harefield West – 4.5 miles
Section 14 – Moor Park to Hatch End – 3.8 miles
Section 17 – Cockfosters to Enfield Lock – 4 miles
 
Sections that require 1 additional walker
 
Section 6 – Coulsdon South Station to Banstead – 4.5 miles
Section 13 – Harefield West to Moor Park – 5 miles
 
This week we are focusing our prayers on the South of London, please see the prayer guide for each day at the end of this newsletter, as we prepare for the 16th June.  We declare today, a blessing over South London and all the people who live there, in every street and in every home! It would be amazing not to have any gaps as we aim to have a circumference around London of 150 miles covered in prayer!
 
Prayers for those on low income

PRAYER

Father, our hearts break for those who are struggling to pay electricity, gas, food and housing costs.  Father bring people alongside them who can offer encouragement, friendship and support. Stir people’s hearts to be generous towards those most in need.  Give strength to parents juggling long hours with the responsibilities of being a parent.  Bring peace where there are arguments about money and sleep where money worries are keeping people from sleeping.  Lord, help me to be thankful for all that I have, whether it is a lot, very little or somewhere in between.  Bring debt relief and advice to those in serious trouble and Lord, give each family in our neighbourhood, their daily bread.

Forgive me if my attitude towards others on higher or lower incomes than myself has not been right.  Help me be a wise steward of the money I have and use it in the way You lead.  Open my eyes Lord, to a family You would like me to help this week.

Unity in supporting people on Universal Credit

Following a letter letters from mayor mp and council feb 18signed by over 40 faith leaders in Southwark, we have had responses from MP’s, the council leader and the Mayor of London.  They are all in support of the stand we have taken and would like to work further with faith groups to ensure the impact of Universal Credit is reduced from it’s current levels.  Neil Coyle MP offering to host a meeting for faith leaders concerned with the issue.

Transform Southwark will be working with MP’s and authorities to see what we can do in terms of offering; practical, emotional and awareness support whilst the new system of benefits continues to have such a negative impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the borough.

 

 

 

Churches Together in South London statement on the attack at London Bridge

A statement from the Chair of Churches Together in South London, Rev Michaela Youngson, in response to the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.

Sunday 4th June 2017

Today marks the feast of Pentecost within the Christian Church – a day when we remember people from all over the world gathering in Jerusalem for a festival. We remember God’s Holy Spirit of peace and love being poured into the world in a new and dynamic way, breaking down barriers of language and nation. The area around Borough Market and London Bridge on a Saturday night is usually a place of festival – a vibrant place where people from all over the world gather to enjoy each other’s company. It is shocking to wake up to the news of the devastating attack that took place last night.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have died, those who are injured and those who mourn. We are again deeply moved by stories of courage shown by our emergency services and by members of the public who put themselves at risk to shield others from harm. As we offer prayers in churches and homes today, we pray that these events will not lead to the spread of fear in our city but that, once again, Londoners will stand united against those who would have us turn on each other in hate.

 

Michaela Youngson and Nigel Cowgill

Chairs of the London District of the Methodist Church

 

 

A Prayer

 

Loving God,

Your Son, Jesus Christ, is the Prince of Peace.

We pray that his peace might bring comfort into the lives of those who mourn,

We remember those who have died and pray for the healing of those wounded.

We give thanks for all the emergency services, for their skill and courage.

We ask that witnesses and those traumatized by violence will find peace.

At this time of festivals we pray,
for Christians celebrating the birth of the church at Pentecost;

for our Jewish sisters and brothers who have celebrated their festival of Shavout;

for our Muslim sisters and brothers in this holy month of Ramadan;
for all people of faith and good will.

May your world know peace and may we have the courage to be peacemakers in our homes our community and our world.

In the name of Christ.

Amen.

 

Southwark Multi-Faith Forum statement on the Manchester attack

We, the Southwark Multi-Faith Forum, are united in our horror and sorrow at the appalling attacks that took place in Manchester this week. Our hearts go out to all the victims, to their families, and all those affected, and we stand in solidarity with them in the days ahead. Their loss is our loss, and they do not grieve alone.

 Whilst the targeting of innocent children and families at a pop concert showed us the very worst of humanity, the actions of so many others on that night and in the days that followed have shown us all the very best of humanity. We pay tribute to the heroism and compassion of the concert-goers, passers-by, and emergency services who sought to help and comfort those in need.

 In recent days we have been inspired by the kindness and strength of the people of Manchester – a great and proud city – as they have come together to support one another. Their message of unity in the face of division, and of love in the face of hatred, has shone brightly through the darkness. It is a reminder to us all that the decency and unity of our communities will always triumph.

Please visit Faith Network 4 Manchester to see how faiths are working together

 

COMMUNITY RENAL STUDY DAY

Ambrose Omoma the Community consultation officer working with faith groups has invited faith leaders to a free event on faith and belief attitudes to organ donation.  With over 300 faith groups in the borough, it will be an opportunity to discuss this important issue.  The day will include presentations on faith and belief attitudes to organ donation.  For more details contact

Revd Mia AK Hilborn

Hospitaller,

Head of Spiritual Health Care and Chaplaincy Team Leader

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

x81187  02071881187  chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

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