Debra Green OBE, Founder & Exec Director of ROC shares her reflections on the most recent Greater Manchester Prayer event:
I was privileged to be part of a team who led the greater Manchester city-wide movement, Prayer Network, between 1993 and 2000. The story is recorded in our book ‘City-changing prayer’ which was re-published in 2013. I look back fondly on those days, working with over 200 churches of different denominations and streams to pray for the welfare of the City.
Manchester has changed significantly over the last decade and, although we still have social issues, the City has experienced massive transformation. So I was delighted when Andy Hawthorne, CEO of The Message Trust, invited me to join the organising team of a new prayer movement!
The Greater Manchester prayer initiative started in early 2018 at The Lighthouse church. A number of church leaders, who regularly meet to pray together, decided that united prayer was an urgent priority for the City. Over 700 people attended, with queues outside. It was decided that a bigger venue would be needed for the second and event and, Glyn Barratt, from Audacious church kindly agreed to host.
July 19th saw 800 plus people coming together to pray and the evening included prayer for some important social issues being addressed by various groups including; Press Red, The Naked Truth, Light (LZ7), and Barnabus. There was a powerful sense of God’s presence as the church gathered to worship and pray together in one accord. The Bishop of Bolton, the Rev Mark Ashcroft, led prayers for continued unity and peace in the city.
The next evening of prayer is set for November 22nd and God quite clearly has been blessing these gatherings.
Debra Green OBE, Founder & Exec Director of ROC