In just a few days the4PsCollaborative has become a movement of people who are intentional about seeking and praying for the peace and prosperity of the places they live, work or minister. From small communities to large cities the4PsCollaborative will see people partner with God to seek towards transformation. Here are the places already signed up:
Anglesey - see the YouTube video
Aylesbury - please pray for our town centre manager & her team. For the local small businesses trying to reopen at this time. For the local community groups & charities supporting people & each other (from food banks to litter picking groups to homelessness support to young people to addiction and many many more).
Elland - Elland, West Yorkshire, is our place! God planted us here and we love it. We've lived in the area about forty five years, brought up our children and taught in three local schools. We've had Home Groups, done Children's and Youth Work. We've now been retired for twenty years and have been walking the Area and praying. The photo shows one of the roads leading down into Elland. Just at the bottom of the hill, where we live is Brooksbank School with over a thousand young people and staff. Further on the road is Elland Hospice. There is a Main Street with shops, struggling at the moment. The Parish church dates back to the eleventh century. Please join us at the Throne as we pray for this place we love, for Protection, Peace and Prosperity for Brooksbank, the Hospice, businesses and the people of Elland. Many seeds have been sown over the years in the schools and churches, may we now see a harvest and we long to see Calderdale Chaplains on the streets. Amen
Halifax / Calderdale - a borough made up of the main towns Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Brighouse and Elland with smaller towns, villages and communities. Population of around 200,000. The main centre Halifax has popular attractions such as Piece Hall, Eureka Children's Museum, Halifax Minster and Shibden Hall, Wainhouse Tower with many other attractions close by. Mix of urban and rural. Pray for every community - that every person will know they are amazing. For business to succeed. For tourism and TV filming to continue. For those leading and a real commitment from the church to the borough and its people.
Hellifield - Please pray for our village of Hellifield that we will continue to be bold in sharing the Love of Jesus in our community.
Illingworth (Halifax) - We have wonderful beauty spots, moorland nearby, woodland, community projects and clubs all doing good things for the people here.
Knaphill - an ‘urban village’, just outside Woking with various projects: The Community fridge, run by Holy Trinity church, has had to become a community table but continues to reduce food waste and help those in need. A local resident, Sonal, set up a Covid support helpline and volunteer base which has provided over 1,000 support interactions so far. These and other projects have been active in lockdown. We also have Syrian refugees housed locally and there was a local conversation cafe to help with language skills - they have been unable to meet recently.
Larne - a wee town which serves as one of the main ferry ports to Scotland. The Larne Renovation Generation is seeking the prosperity of the place and the church communities work well together. Larne is at the start of the Causeway Coastal Road and The Gobbins is within the borough, both of which attract visitors.
Liskeard - it has the first rural 'resource church' I believe, and the churches there are prayerful and active in the town - there seems to ve a healthy unity between them and I'd love to see God's love more widely recognised in my home town.
Newquay - Please pray for Newquay town, country and beaches as holiday makers return and the pubs open!
Northowram - a close community just outside Halifax. The church is active in the village with some big plans for greater community impact.
Ripponden - a small community just beyond Sowerby Bridge. A great community feel and a place with lots of innovative businesses. The Parish Council are active in creating a thriving community.
Sumbawanga (Tanzania) - see blog post
Woking - Woking is undergoing major development which will impact both the day and nighttime economies. There are lots of support networks and ministries in town centre including Street Angels, the York Road Project (supporting the homeless) and various ministries from the Lighthouse (google them for all they do) - not a definitive list - there are many more from different faiths and also secular organisations.
Sumbawanga is a small town in Western Tanzania between Lake Rukwa and Lake Tanganyika, near the border with Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2013 our Pastor, from Settle Christian Fellowship, found a group of 20 boys sleeping on the street . They were hungry, dirty and in need of care and our Pastor made a decision that we must do something to help them. During our trips out there we fed them, provided soap for them to wash, taught them about Jesus, rented a house and provided a young pastor to care for them. We taught them to read and write, provided computers and sewing machines for them to learn new skills. They now go to school and we have bought a house so they have a permanent home. Many have come to faith in Jesus and are young evangelists telling others how Jesus has transformed their lives. They are growing some of their food and are a witness in their community. We pray for them and continue to support them , they rescue other children from the streets and we thank God for them. He has all the Glory.
Below various pictures - the original find of children on the streets now in school uniforms. The market in Sumbawanga, the crops on the edge of town and tables waiting for collection for children to work at.
Glad To Get Out, Tour*, 2021
You will agree that it’s been a tough few months for many across the country. Emotional health challenges, bereavement, working long hours or financial difficulty, to name just a few. The unfortunate truth is that some of these challenges could hang around for quite a while yet.
Tom Elliott, a full time, touring Comedy Magician is the Co Founder of a thriving variety night in Doncaster which has grown significantly over the last 12-18 months and had a positive impact on the community, especially following the floods, back in December.
Also a Christian, Tom’s calling is to bridge the gap between the church and mainstream, encouraging relationships between the two and enabling the church to be represented and heard, changing perceptions and provoking conversations.
Whilst this tour isn’t strictly a Christian event, we hope that the local church will be at the forefront of it’s partnerships and sponsors.
Tom has been described by Miranda Hart as 'Such Fun', been featured on BBC TV & Radio, had a feature piece in The Times Newspaper and will be gearing up for a 14 day run at Edinburgh Fringe during the summer of 2021. Tom also welcomes his good friend and big band vocalist, Charlie Green, alongside the input of local schools and/or community choirs.
Working alongside theatres, lieutenancy offices, local businesses and community groups, plans are in motion to take this variety night on tour to every county in the UK in mid 2021.
Giving 100% of the ticket income back to the hosting theatres, Tom and his team are looking for 20-25 mini sponsors of the event in each and every county.
Sponsors might include local businesses or community groups, willing to make a contribution of just £60 and to promote the event through their networks. In return, we can offer some recognition at the event.
Pulling this together would mean a family friendly event in all 48 counties of the UK, rebuilding the morale of the people, reuniting the community, honouring local heroes, celebrating the arts and raising money for a local charity.
For more information and/or to become a sponsor of the event, please sign up at gladtogetout.co.uk
* Tour Name might change!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89686784558 (zoom link)