Whilst our plans for a public gathering in St Ann's Square had to be changed, we hosted an online prayer sign up for people to cover every hour of the full ten days of Thy Kingdom Come in prayer. With more people signed up than hours in each of those days, across Greater Manchester we co-ordinated 330 hours of prayer. May we continue to #prayforfive throughout the year to come. For more ideas, see Thy Kingdom Come.



Each year the Presidents of Greater Manchester Churches Together (the leaders of the denominations and networks affiliated with GMCT) host a reception for the newly elected Mayors and other civic dignitaries and representatives from public life. In 2019 this was hosted at Wardley Hall, the residence of the Bishop of Salford. In June 2020 the reception will be hosted by the Bishop of Manchester.



The 2019 Assembly, 'Churches and the Climate Emergency', was hosted at Salford Cathedral and included a service of worship led by Rev Paul Sumsion of Ramsbottom Churches Together. We read aloud Psalm 104 and considered ways in which we have each contributed to the harm of God's creation. There followed a keynote presentation from Ruth Valerio of Tearfund, who spoke of the problems that are already being experienced in parts of the world as a result of climate change. Alongside this challenge, Ruth shared stories of hope and examples of Christian communities working to bring transformation. 

The evening ended with workshops from Steve Burrowes (of CAFOD, who shared news of the Laudato Si project at Wardley Hall), Kate Gray (of the URC who spoke about churches' involvement with environmental protests), and John Hughes (of the CofE, who spoke of faith, hope, and love in the light of climate change).

You can read more about the Assembly, and examples of resources, here