Millions in the UK are entering 2023 in desperation, with no idea how they can make the numbers add up for another year. These are not statistics, but people unable to afford meals or heating for themselves and their families. This crisis calls for all Christians to come together, united in a powerful response of prayer and action.
Christians Against Poverty (a Body in Association with CTE) is coordinating a day of free prayer events in London on Wednesday 8 February.
Afternoon Listen and Pray sessions:
2pm – A Great Divide: The Disproportionate Effect of Poverty on Minority Ethnic Groups. Bishop Mike Royal, General Secretary, Churches Together in England.
In this session, Mike will unpack some of the impacts of poverty felt by minority ethnic groups and how these are heightened by race. It is not only unfair but a great divide in our society leading to serious hardship including hunger, destitution and debt.
3.30pm – A Torn Safety Net: How the Cost of Living Crisis threatens its own last line of defence. Hannah Rich, Senior Researcher, Theos.
We are all aware of the impact on the cost of living for individuals and families but Hannah will explore in this session how this is a systemic problem, affecting the fabric of civil society and faith groups, including the church. Churches across the nation provide support for millions but are themselves struggling with economic and social insecurity.
5pm – A Governing Church: Raising your Voice to See Change in a Time of Crisis. Pastor Leke Sanusi, Chairman and Head of Mission, Redeemed Christian Church of God UK (RCCG).
What does a “governing church” look like? RCCG has a vision to see Christians involved in the seven spheres of influence in society. How can each of us respond to the cost of living crisis by being a Christian voice in the places we live and work – to influence change and make Jesus known.
All the sessions take place at Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6BS.
Evening Prayer Event
7pm Lament to Hope. Paul Williams, CEO of Bible Society.
Worship and call upon our God as we intercede for all those affected by the cost of living crisis.
Join this session in person at Westminster Chapel or online.