Churches unite to pray for Lisburn

Churches in Lisburn came together for the launch of ‘Relentless Prayer’ at Trinity Methodist Church on Tuesday evening (February 9).

From Wednesday February 10 until Easter Sunday (March 27) churches across the denominations will join together in 40 days and 40 nights of constant prayer for the City of Lisburn and its people and will pray on a wide range of subjects including business, education, health and emergency services.

Pictured at the launch of 'RELENTLESS PRAYER' at Trinity Methodist Church on Tuesday 9th February are clergy and church leaders from some of the sixteen churches taking part in the project.  Included is Councillor Thomas Beckett (Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council).

Pictured at the launch of 'RELENTLESS PRAYER' at Trinity Methodist Church on Tuesday 9th February are clergy and church leaders from some of the sixteen churches taking part in the project. Included is Councillor Thomas Beckett (Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council).

The eighteen churches taking part are First Lisburn, Railway Street, Harmony Hill, Legacurry, Hillhall and Hillsborough Presbyterian Churches; Lisburn Cathedral, Christ Church, St Paul’s and Derryvolgie Parish Churches; Seymour Street and Trinity Methodist Churches; St Patrick’s and St Colman’s Roman Catholic Churches; Lisburn Christian Fellowship; Lisburn City Church; Mount Zion Community Church, and Lagan Valley Vineyard.

The special guest at the launch was Lisburn Mayor Councillor Thomas Beckett, who said he was delighted to attend the launch and was heartened to see the churches off Lisburn unite as one.

In a challenging address, the Rev Simon Genoe, Curate at Lisburn Cathedral, spoke of the need for a Vision of Christ, the Church and the City.

Simon, who has been instrumental in organising Relentless, spoke passionately about the need for people to let in more light to enable everyone to have a clear vision for the city of Lisburn.

During the launch, which began appropriately with tea and pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, members of crongregations of the churches involved came together to worship and pray for the city and the success of the Relentless Prayer project.

The worship band encouraged everyone with their well chosen songs, including A Bluetree favourite, which sum up the hope of Relentless: “Greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city.”

Trinity Methodist Church will be hosting the first three days of prayer, from Wednesday February 10, followed by Seymour Street Methodist Church, St Paul’s Parish and Derryvolgie Parish. Find out more on www.facebook.com/relentlesslisburn