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Global Day of Prayer 2009

As a part of Prayer Week, in the run up to Global Day of Prayer there are various prayer rooms available around York. Read this document to get details. You can also download our 7 day prayer guide to help you.

Hundreds of Christians from York and the surrounding area will be gathering on the City Walls as part of the Global Day of Prayer, on Pentecost Sunday 31 May.  At 5.45pm, the Minister bells will stop sounding, and hundreds of people of all ages, denominations and traditions will pray for their homes, families, communities, nation, and world.  Across the world, millions of Christians will be praying for the same things on the same day. 

We will be praying IN to the city, OUT to our communities and nation and UP for the Holy Spirit to descend and give us a new Pentecost.

A document explaining how you can be part of prayer on the walls can be downloaded here.
The Global Day of Prayer events in York have been organised by One Voice York and Churches Together in York, a network of Christian churches and leaders of different denominations working together across the city.  They are working in partnership with the City of York Council, whose support for this event we greatly appreciate.
Download the City Walls Prayer Guide here to take on the walls with you so you know when to pray and what to pray for.

Juliet Wright of One Voice York said, “We believe that this will be the first ever event of its kind to be held on the City Walls, which provide a unique opportunity to surround the city with prayer. We’re encouraging people to go to the section of the walls nearest their church or home, and just pray for fifteen minutes.  We will pray first for our city, and then for our communities, our nation and our world.  Finally, we will join together in giving thanks to God as we celebrate the birth of the church at Pentecost.  All the family can join in – from the youngest baby to the oldest person, and there is disabled access just over Lendal Bridge and along the north side of the river at Museum Gardens.  You don’t have to go to church to join in – anyone can pray, in any way that feels natural to them.”
After the prayer on the City Walls there will be family events in the Minster from 6.30pm.  Christian musician Dave Godfrey and band will be playing music for all ages, and at 7.15pm there will be a Prayer Walk all around the inside of the Minster, with various different styles of prayer and Prayer Stations.  The day will end by leaving the Minster to the light of blazing torches symbolizing the fire of Pentecost.
The idea of a Global Day of Prayer began in South Africa in 2000, when businessman Graham Power had a dream to call Christians across South Africa together to pray.  This happened in 2001, and the day of prayer became international in 2005, when Christians from 156 of the 220 nations of the world united for the first Global Day of Prayer.

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