Norfolk churches asked to pray for the media
Churches across Norfolk are being encouraged to pray for the media and those working it in, on Sunday May 8.
The initiative is a project of the Church and Media Network, which aims to build bridges between the media and the Christian community.
As the Day of Prayer for the Media
approaches churches across the country are being asked to pray for those within the media including local Christian journalists.
The importance of praying for the media was backed by Keith Morris,
publisher of Network Norwich and Norfolk
and editor of Good News for Norwich and Norfolk.
He said: "The media in all its different formats plays a very important role in modern life and I believe that it is vitally important for Christians to both pray for it and be involved with it.
“There are lots of opportunities for churches and Christians to engage with and contribute to the local media both secular and Christian and I would urge people to take up those opportunities. I know that there are Christians working in all the local media outlets and that they would appreciate your prayers for their work."
This year there is a special focus on praying for media professionals working in dangerous circumstances in the Middle East and other conflict zones. The recent murders of reporters, camera people and others highlights just how dangerous that can be. We also want to remember the countless important jobs which done here at home, often unnoticed and not well-paid, secure or with an on-screen role.
Prayer requests can be uploaded to the Day of Prayer site, and that site also contains further resources – www.pray4media.co.uk
The dedicated website
includes ideas and resources to encourage both individual intercession and corporate prayer within church services. It suggests churches include the media within their prayers for the local community specifically naming local outlets such as the EDP, Norwich Evening News, BBC East, ITV Anglia
, Radio Norfolk Heart East Anglia
, Network Norwich and Norfolk and Good News for Norwich & Norfolk
Consider letting the local newspapers, radio and other media know that you will praying for them on that day. You can tweet or Facebook them or send a news release telling them what you’re doing or asking them how you might pray for them.
The Day of Prayer for the Media also encourages churches to have a positive voice and engage regularly with the media. Keep media contacts informed of what your church is doing locally, and how you are serving your area. Local media outlets, including the team at Network Norwich and Norfolk, are eager to report good news within the community and would be delighted to hear from you.