HUNDREDS of city and faith leaders will be gathering at Stoke-on-Trent’s King’s Hall on Friday 20 April for the city’s annual Civic Prayer Breakfast.
The Stoke-on-Trent Civic Prayer Breakfast is now one of the largest civic prayer events in the whole of the UK and organisers expect that this year’s event will attract over 300 faith leaders and community activists.
The guest speaker will be the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley.
Event organiser, Lloyd Cooke, Chief Executive of Saltbox, will also interview two city leaders: Sara Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, will talk about business developments and opportunities in the area. The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Reverend Geoff Annas will talk about his role as chair of the city’s Hardship Commission.
The Civic Prayer Breakfast has been an important event in the city calendar since its introduction in 2010, bringing together senior leaders from the city’s business, education, health, police, politics and faith sectors.
Organiser Lloyd Cooke said: “The Civic Prayer Breakfast provides a wonderful opportunity to recognise the contribution of local churches and faith groups and to celebrate the good things happening in the city. For those of us who believe that God answers prayer this event gives us a strategic opening to pray for blessing on the whole city.”
Event co-host, Robert Mountford, the Staffordshire County Ecumenical Officer, added: “Churches and faith groups play a vitally important role in the city providing help and support to people in their communities.”
Lloyd Cooke added, “Encouragingly, the Stoke-on-Trent Civic Prayer Breakfast is used as a model by other towns and cities who are now organising similar events.”
Tickets to attend the event cost £10 and are available from the Methodist Book Centre in Hanley or by phoning the Saltbox on 01782 207200.