Norfolk joins largest ever global wave of prayer
By Keith Morris
2009: Hundreds of Christians from dozens of churches across Norfolk joined the world’s largest-ever prayer meeting
on Sunday May 31
as part of the Global Day of Prayer.
Norwich Cathedral saw around 400 people join together in praise and prayer in a service opened by pastor Trevor Pimlott of Norwich Family Life Church and the Very Red Graham Smith, Dean of the Cathedral.
Included amongst those taking part were Bishop Graham of Norwich and Bishop Michael of East Anglia and Norwich
as well as leaders from local Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostal churches.
It was all part of a now annual event which from the Rising of the Sun in New Zealand
to the Setting of the Same in the Solomon Islands
united millions of Christians from around 220 countries right across the world in prayer including around 80 events in the UK aloneS in gatherings at football stadiums, arenas, homes, churches and parks.
Norwich administrator, Hilary Oliver, said: “The people of Norfolk gathered in Norwich Cathedral to join their prayers and voices to the millions and millions who joined in a great wave of prayer which started in New Zealand, rolled across Australia, Asia and the Middle East before reaching Europe and then going on to North and South America and ending as the sun set in the islands of the Pacific.
“In these uncertain times when so much that we have put our trust in seems to be failing with the collapse of many banks, the Credit Crunch and recent allegations of financial misconduct within our government we were praying into these situations believing that we can all turn to God and put our trust in Him.”
Hilary said: “During the Norwich event, and to give the children understanding of what is happening, there was a separate children’s programme for children aged 5 to 11 in another building close by. The children were learning about prayer, composing their own prayers and doing lots of fun things. They also joined in the main event in the Cathedral to give a presentation including a special children’s choir and some interesting prayers.”
Pictured are scenes from the Global Day of Prayer event at Norwich Cathedral on May 31, 2009.
To see a video report on this year's events, click top picture or below.