Launch Of ‘ReLENTless Prayer’
The special guest at the launch on 9th of February in Trinity Methodist was Councillor Thomas Beckett (Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council).
In a challenging address, the Rev Simon Genoe (Vicar at Lisburn Cathedral) spoke of the need for a Vision of Christ, the Church and the City. Simon said “This is the most significant gathering of local churches for many years. 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 - 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 Chairman of the Lisburn City Centre Ministers’ Fellowship, the Rev Paul Dundas (Rector of Christ Church Parish) said, “Lisburn churches have been working more closely in recent years and ‘RELENTLESS PRAYER’ was the next step in that bond. The ‘Christians Against Poverty’ centre and the ‘Foodbank’ at Lisburn City Church have involved a number of churches in Lisburn and we wanted to see how we could be even more of a part of the city. With help from 24-7 Prayer, we were inspired to say that we want to see God’s blessings for our city.”
Trinity Methodist Church will be hosting the first three days of prayer, from Wednesday 10th February and Seymour Street Methodist Church will then take the baton from Friday 12th February followed by St Paul’s Parish on Tuesday 16th February, Derryvolgie Parish on Friday 19th February and First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Saturday 20th February. Further dates will be communicated through churches and the "relentless lisburn" facebook page.