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17 May 2010

UK churches gather to pray for new government

UK churches gather to pray for new government

A prayer musical called Heal Our Land is being staged throughout the UK to get the whole nation to pray for different issues affecting communities. Since its launch last September by the Centre for Contemporary Ministry, the spiritual prayer event has attracted leaders from different denominations including Church of England, Baptist, Methodist and Black majority churches.

This summer's activities kicked off last week at Liverpool Cathedral, coinciding with the general and local elections. At least 1,300 church leaders and members came together to intercede for Britain and the new government.  

John Manwell, chair of the Liverpool local evangelical fellowship, Together for the Harvest, said: "This is a world first, an international church in one city working together representing all nations and calling on God to heal our land." 

The festival is usually held during a two-week period. The first week is mainly for prayer and during that time churches and individual bring the government, the media, the education system and families before the Lord. 

Then, there is a concert with the musical which focuses on the healing of broken Britain. The musical is written by Jimmy and Carol Owens from the USA and has been adapted by British songwriters. 

In Liverpool, more than 15 churches joined the Heal Our Land Choir. There was a diverse music and dance contributions from African, Indian, Chinese, Spanish, South American and British performers.  

Liz Doyle, Heal Our Land UK's project director said: "God has brought believers from many nations to be the new force linking arms together with the indigenous UK Church. The focus of the musical is to release this new force into the new field." 

The Heal our Land UK concerts are always followed by evangelistic activities where churches engage with the community doing various outreach events such as bouncy castles for children, visiting the elderly and feeding the homeless.  

Upcoming Heal Our Land UK festivals are scheduled for Ashford in Kent, and Fair Oak in Hampshire.