Sue W writes to encourage you to get an important date in your diary – and it’s an opportunity that may not come again! The morning of June 30 sees two significant linked events.
The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast has become a fixture in Parliament’s timetable, but until now numbers have always been limited. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year the event will be held online – and everyone’s welcome to attend. The Breakfast will be livestreamed on Tuesday, 30 June, from 8.30–9 am. It will be hosted by Marsha de Cordova MP and the main speaker will be the Bishop of Kensington, Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, whose theme will be ‘Hope and peace in a time of fear and suffering’.
It’s free to register, and you’ll have the chance to hear not only from Bishop Tomlin but from leading parliamentarians as well. You’ll also be taking part in prayer for our nation’s leaders at the most critical time in our history since the Second World War. So please visit EventBrite to register for the event, and share this news around as widely as possible.
It would be particularly good if you could encourage your local Member of Parliament to attend. For Priory Street congregations, that’s Michelle Donelon and for Church on the Green that’s James Gray. Even if they aren’t churchgoers, it’s good for them to know that Christians are supporting them.
After the Prayer Breakfast, Bible Society – the principal sponsor of the event – will be hosting a seminar for church leaders and Bible communicators. Entitled, ‘Mission during lockdown and beyond’, it will last from 10 am to 11.15. It’s designed for church leaders and Bible communicators who want to know more about the implications of the coronavirus crisis for the Church and the world.
Contributors from within and outside Bible Society will talk about how churches have responded to lockdown, how the virus will change the church, and what resources we can offer to support you. You’ll be able to register for the seminar when you book your (free) ticket for the Prayer Breakfast (click on ‘Church leader’ or ‘Member of the public’ when you’re asked for your role, and there’s a drop-down menu).
Bible Society’s Deputy Chief Executive Paul Woolley said: ‘This is a great opportunity for Christians to pray with and for our nation and political leaders at a tremendously challenging time. We’re all deeply conscious of the burdens carried by parliamentarians at this time, and the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast provides a great chance to come together and stand in solidarity with them. The event is a good opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing the UK today, listen to parliamentarians and church leaders, and worship together.
‘Bible Society’s webinar after the Breakfast will offer some great insights into the way the church has responded to lockdown and how the experience will change our approach to mission. We’ll hear from leaders of organisations and church networks, consider resources that can help us, and pray, and I’d really encourage church leaders and Bible communicators to attend.’
At the crucial time in the life of the world, we want to pray for our political leaders, and to resource and inform our church leaders. We hope you can join us on 30 June.