Pray Love Manchester
A pretty special 24-7 prayer and mission week called ‘Pray Love Manchester,’ took place after Rosie Critchlow imagined young people in the city doing intentional mission founded on prayer.
Each morning people from many denominations began with gathered prayer, there was a dedicated room open all day and each evening had a different focus for prayer. Night prayer happened in local churches around the city with evangelism running alongside it all.
By the end of the week, hundreds had prayed and been prayed with, while twelve people began a new life with Jesus and a few people were physically healed. Young people and older people found new friends from across the churches in the city.
We went out in Manchester in four teams. 80 of us went out after half an hour of worship and journeying through a prayer tunnel! The four teams were named ‘Prophetic Evangelism,’ ‘Prayer for Healing,’ ‘Street Worship,’ and the ‘Giving Team.’ This last group were armed with £500 to be generous with. They bought manicures, paid for tram journeys, brought coffees and gave out chocolates.
Here’s Brian's story:
‘I was approached by two young lads giving out DVDs and leaflets for an event at St Anne’s Church. I put the church DVD in my pocket without looking at it. I later went home intrigued so decided to play the DVD. It was about God’s love. As it was praying I started crying, although I wasn’t sure what about. I decided to go to the advertised event while there I was feeling weird and started crying again. I got very emotional and I think it was that moment that I realised it was God. A young lad approached me along with a girl and asked if they could pray for me. They offered to find me a Church to go to. I thought nothing of it at first, but on the way home from the event I felt like God was telling me I needed to be planted in a church to grow. The next morning I woke up and felt this weird feeling in my head. I felt I needed to go to church. So I went along went along with an open mind. As I was listening to worship songs and I realised God had brought me to this church for a reason. Since this experience I have had a deep knowledge that God will never forget who I am and he does have a plan for my life.’