Christians flock to pray for Brexit
Christians representing more than 500 churches responded to the Brexit crisis by filling a huge prayer wall with hundreds of prayers
Led by Dana, one-time Eurovision winner and former Euro MP for Ireland, they penned their requests on stick-it notes and attached them to the wall at a stand especially set up to help those who needed prayer at the Christian Resources Exhibition in EventCity on Wednesday and Thursday (13 and 14 March).
'When you rock the boat you are going to get waves and prayer is the only way forward,' said Dana pointing to the occasion when Jesus Christ had stilled the waves on the Sea of Galilee.
Tania Birch, a Salford councillor who was born in the Ukraine and came to England 23 years ago, told those present at a seminar on Brexit that coming from what had been a 'despotic regime' when people complained to her about the UK 'I say to them that there are so many things that are right. It is an amazing place to be alive and live in.'
'Many just want the Brexit debate to be over,' she said. 'There are so many opinions on the subject but I can see in the midst of the confusion a crystal clear message - Christians must pray for our Government, our councillors and MPs. That is the only way our land will be healed.'
Tania pointed to the healing effect two churches had brought to a volatile situation in Manchester when only three police officers were sent to quell troubles. The involvement of two churches provided a catalyst for healing.
The Brexit seminar had been led by Andy Flannagan, the executive director of Christians in Politics, who asked 'How can the Church bridge the divide? Whatever their personal views Christians must be salt and light - able to see both sides of a difficult debate and bring agreement.'
Sandra Findlay, who with her husband Colin, were the exhibition's prayer team, said, 'We had people frustrated by about Brexit and the many issues concerning Brexit that they did not understand. They admitted that all they could do was to pray about it.'