Churches in Lisburn are preparing for the launch of Relentless Prayer, which will be held at Trinity Methodist Church on Tuesday February 9.
Churches across the denominations will join together in 40 days and 40 nights of prayer for the City of Lisburn and its people.
Christ Church, Harmony Hill Presbyterian, First Lisburn Presbyterian, Lisburn Cathedral, Legacurry Presbyterian, St Patrick’s, St Paul’s, Lagan Valley Vineyard, Trinity Methodist, Seymour Street Methodist, Lisburn Christian Fellowship, Derryvolgie Parish and Railway Street Presbyterian will all be taking part in Relentless Prayer, which will end on Easter Sunday.
Members of church congregations are already signing up to pray during the next 40 days and nights and will pray on a wide range of subjects, including business, education, health and emergency services.
The Rev Simon Genoe, curate at Lisburn Cathedral, has been instrumental in organising the project and is confident that people in the city will come together for this special event.
“This is the most significant gathering of local churches for many years,” he said. “We are hoping people will visit different churches and everyone is welcome to call in at any time to pray for as long or as short a time as they can.”
Each church will have a prayer room set up and there will be a host of stimuli to help people to focus their attention. along with ‘prayer champions’ who are helping to co-ordinate the prayer time slots in each church to make sure every minute of the 40 days and nights is covered.
“There will be 10 different ‘stations,’” explained Simon. “For example, there will be a throne where people can reflect on the names of God, there will be a washing line to hang the names of organisations that serve the city and people can write the name of someone they want healing for on a plaster. Each church will be slightly different and there is plenty of flexibilty.”
The rector of Christ Church, the Rev Paul Dundas, is Chairman of the Lisburn City Centre Churches.
He said Lisburn churches have been working more closely in recent years and Relentless Prayer was the next step in that bond. “The Christian Against Poverty centre and the Foodbank at Lisburn City Church has involved a number of churches in Lisburn and we wanted to see how we could be even more of a part of the city,” said Paul.
“With help from Prayer 24-7, we were inspired to say that we want to see God’s blessings for our city.”
Trinity Methodist will be hosting the first three days of prayer, from Wednesday February 10. Seymour Street will then take the baton from Friday February 12 followed by St Paul’s Parish on Tuesday February 16.
Find out more about Relentless Prayer on Facebook at www.facebook.com/relentlesslisburn
Report courtesy of the Ulster Star.