The Church of England has called for communities to join together in conversation and prayer as Brexit discussions reach a pivotal point. [Church of England Press Release]
Churches are encouraged to host informal cafÃ©-style meetings over the weekend of 30th March to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion.
Bishop Paul said: “I have been in Parliament on some of the key debate days recently. One key reflection for me has been to remind myself that history is ultimately in Godâ€™s hands, not those of current politicians. I have also prayed for our politicians a great deal.
“Brexit will be a cause of celebration for some and lament for others, but one thing is clear – we can no longer continue to define one other by how we voted in the referendum. The time has come for communities to come together to serve the common good, in our nation and in our relationship with the rest of Europe.
“Whether or not it yet becomes the day on which the UK leaves the European Union, 29 March will be a significant moment in the national consciousness.
“Together with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, I am therefore inviting you to mark the day by joining in a national prayer initiative of five days, and consider hosting a tea-and-prayer drop-in session in your parish on or around Saturday 30 March:
- get together as a community
- To chat over a cup of tea
- To pray for our country and our future.
“I encourage you to do all you can to encourage prayer and conversations within and across communities during this time.”
To assist parishes getting involved with this, the national Church has produced a set of prayer resources and some suggested conversation starters, as well as locally printable publicity materials and graphics that can be shared on social media.
These are available at:Â churchofengland.org/togetherÂ