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Churches respond to civil disturbances with prayers and action

Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:56 AM
Related Categories: England, Lichfield

From the Lichfield Diocese website

Churches in the north West Midlands are joining Christians across the UK in responding to the current outbreaks of civil disturbances with prayers and action.

The Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Rt Revd Clive Gregory, whose area includes both West Bromwich and Wolverhampton – two areas which saw rioting and looting overnight – said the area had witnessed two different realities during the last 24 hours.

He said: “We have seen the destruction and fear that comes in the wake of lawlessness and greed. We have also seen communities coming together to repair and rebuild and to stand alongside those who have been victimised by violence.

“It is this togetherness that shows the true face of the Black Country and from this solidarity we will gain the strength to build a better future.”

Members of Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries, a new Anglican network church in the City went to Birmingham yesterday to assist with the community clean-up there; and are supporting the community clean-up in Wolverhampton today.

Pastors and members of various Wolverhampton churches gathered this morning to help with the clean-up and to pray round the city centre. And the informal ecumenical group Wolverhampton NET will give church members an opportunity to respond with donations to help the shopkeepers and businesses who were worst affected.

Prayer meetings will be held at All Saints Church in central Wolverhampton at 2.00pm this afternoon and at Holy Trinity Heath Town at 7.30pm this evening. A city centre service is being planned for next week.

Outside the affected areas special prayer services have been held at other churches, including the Beacon Church in Pheasey and St Andrew’s Church in Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent.