ARCHBISHOP’S WEEK OF PRAYER FOR PEACE
The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, recently undertook a week-long fast and vigil to pray for world peace at St John’s Chapel at York Minister. Archbishop Sentamu prayed every day for a week – and asked Christians to pray alongside him – for people groups throughout the world, whose communities had been devastated or destroyed by militarism, idolatry, dictatorships and abject poverty.
CHRISTIAN SINGLES UNSURE OF THEIR PLACE IN CHURCH
A recent survey has found that single believers are unsure of how the Church views them. Conducted by www.christiansingles.co.uk, the survey, which had 3000 responses, found that four in 10 single Christians felt the Church doesn’t know what to do with them; 54% hadn’t been on a date in a year or more; 43% felt the Church gives little guidance to single Christians, and 77% felt that sex belongs in marriage.
OPERATION MOBILISATION APPOINTS ITS FIRST BLACK DIRECTOR
One of Britain’s most influential Black female church leaders, Pastor Celia Apeagyei-Collins, recently made history by becoming the first Black person to be appointed to the Board of Directors of international charity, Operation Mobilisation. Pastor Apeagyei-Collins, who runs her own organisation, The Rehoboth Foundation (which provides leadership training and mentoring for young leaders), also serves as a vice president of Tearfund, and sits on the steering committee of the National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF).
HIV CHARITY LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE FOR FAITH GROUPS
The UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, recently launched its Faith and Community Project, which will provide African faith leaders with the skills needed to support people living with HIV. The charity will enable faith groups to access rapid HIV testing services, which provide results within 20 minutes. It is also calling for volunteers from African communities to help the team build relationships with African faith and community leaders, and raise awareness of the range of services on offer. Visit www.tht.org.uk for more details.