03 October 2013
Saints in the Stadium
Thousands will come together in the North West of England to pray for the nation. A huge day of collective prayer, at the St Helens Saints stadium on 12 October is expected to be an historic first in the region in terms of scale.
Worship leaders appearing include Noel Robinson, Ian Yates, Lara Martin, Godfrey Birtill, Elim Sound and Helen Yousaf. Church Leaders leading the congregation will include Steve Pilkington, Dr Jonathan Oloyede and the Bishop of Lancaster the Right Rev Geoff Pearson.
Leaders from networks across the region have been working with Saints Rugby Club, UCB media group and the National Day of Prayer and Worship team to organise the event. The vision is captured in the Saints in the Stadium strap line: "repenting, rejoicing and seeking God."
Steve Pilkington from Operation Hope said: "We aim to come before God in unity and humility. Repenting for all the ways we have fallen short, but also rejoicing because God has promised revival, if we will seek Him with genuine hearts."
Following on from the National Day of Prayer in Wembley stadium last September, which saw 32,000 people start a wave of prayer and transformation accross the nation.
Then the Joining the Dots prayer tour travelled round the country visiting more than 40 towns and cities including Nottingham, Liverpool, Derby, Manchester, Leeds. The tour sought to connect Christians across the UK in unity, prayer and transformation. The tour highlighted prayer initiatives including the United_we are youth movement and the Neighbourhood Prayer Network.
Philip Fell, Co-Chair for the event, and Senior Pastor of Saint Helens Christian Life Centre:"This is a big challenge, but I am convinced the event has the hand of God on it. We want to see our towns, villages and cities transformed by the name of Jesus."
Christian leaders and organisations highlight the importance of unity in the purposes of God, to emulate what Jesus prayed in John 17. Groups in towns & cities across the UK have been taking part in 40 days of prayer and fasting from 2 September to 11 October in the lead up to the event.
John Manwell, co-chair for Saints in the Stadium said: "Since last year's event more people want to join with others to be part of what God is doing. There have been people coming to the prayer evenings from across the North. Awareness of the prayer event has been rising. I am filled with a great sense of anticipation"