Fresh expressions of church are the focus of a dedicated hour of prayer on Monday 28 May from 12 noon to 1pm. The aim is to pray for fresh expressions and all who champion, lead or attend them.
Those involved in new forms of church across the world – including Canada, Germany, the US, Barbados, Australia and New Zealand – will also be taking part at 12 noon (local time).
Individuals and churches are invited to thank God for what has already happened in the life of the ecumenical fresh expressions movement and pray together for what lies ahead.
Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops’ Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team, says: "The Hour of Prayer will take place on the day after Pentecost when we traditionally celebrate the birthday of the Church. This designated time of waiting on God in thankfulness for the past and hope for the future is one I welcome and encourage others to share with us."
Free resources are available to give ideas for specific prayer on the day and in the future, including 60 Prayers for 60 Minutes, a suggested prayer guide for the hour and other materials to help engage with prayer. Participants – praying with others, alone or online – can pray using the online prayer wall on the Fresh Expressions website, on Facebook or on Twitter using #285prayer.
For further details, visit www.freshexpressions.org.uk/prayer.