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01 December 2015

Talking Jesus New Year prayer call

Talking Jesus New Year prayer call

Could you use your New Year service to pray that more people will hear the good news in 2016?

The Evangelical Alliance, HOPE, and the Church of England are launching a time of prayer from 31 December 2015 to 3 January 2016 in response to the game-changing research about perceptions of Jesus published earlier this year, Talking Jesus.  

The three organisations have collaborated on resources to encourage churches and individuals to pray during watch night services on New Year's Eve and on the first Sunday in 2016 that more people would come to understand better the hope that is in Jesus.  

The research showed that an increasing number of people in the UK have little understanding of who Jesus is and Christians are being encouraged to respond in prayer to the publication, as well as to embark on a long-term commitment to changing the story in the UK, so that people might meet Jesus, love him and follow him.  

Resources include a video to play at the prayer events, a Talking Jesus New Year prayer, and a leaflet to equip congregations to pray. All this, as well as more information about the research, can be found on the HOPE website, and more information about the research itself can be found on the Talking Jesus website.

These resources that have been produced include:

  • a Talking Jesus New Year prayer
  • a video to play at the prayer events
  • a leaflet to equip congregations to pray.

The Talking Jesus research contains many challenging findings, including:  

  • a substantial four in ten are not convinced that Jesus was a real person
  • more than six in 10 non-Christians has never had a conversation with a Christian about Jesus
  • almost six in 10 non-Christians, after speaking with a Christian about Jesus, "did not want to know more about Jesus."

Christians across the UK are also being encouraged to embark on a long-term commitment to changing the story in the UK, so that more people might meet Jesus, love him and follow him.

We are encouraging churches to set aside time to pray during watch night services on New Year's Eve and on the first Sunday in 2016. All the resources, as well as more information about the research and its findings, can be found on the Talking Jesus website.