Christians in Media, formerly the MediaNet, together with with UK church leaders including the Archbishop of York and HTB’s Nicky Gumbel, are inviting Christians to set aside time to pray for the media, and those working in and with the industry, on Sunday 4th November 2018.
Run by Christians in Media, a network working to support, inspired and encourage those working in the industry, The Day of Prayer for the Media is an opportunity to pray, discuss and focus upon the issues that face this important sector of civic life.
“In an era of fake news, distrust and cynicism, it’s never been more important for us to pray for the media industry, and for those who work in and alongside it,” says Steve Cox, chair of the Church and Media Network, which runs Christians in Media. “We want to challenge the misconceptions some have of the media as untrustworthy and immoral. It’s about people who are passionate about holding those in power to account, exposing injustice and revealing truth. It’s about people who are just trying to do their jobs, who need our prayerful support.”
“So, we invite churches, prayer groups, Christian leaders and anyone who feels passionate about the role of faith and media in our society, to set aside time on Sunday 4th November to pray for the industry and its members.”
This year, Christians in Media are hoping to encourage specific focus around the following:
- For honest, reliable and accurate journalism and programming.
- For people of integrity who are committed to justice, truth and fairness
- For Christians, who work in traditional and non-traditional media alike, to shine a light on what’s going on around us.
- For leadership full of integrity in newsrooms, production companies and all media workplaces.
- For Christians to change the current narrative of hate and be people who can engage others in reasoned debate
- For Christians in media to become more influential
- For young Christians to consider entering media as an honourable profession
In the lead-up to the Day of Prayer for the Media, churches and individuals have been sharing their own prayers for the media industry and for those who work in it. High-profile leaders including Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend John Sentamu, and pioneer of Alpha and vicar of HTB Nicky Gumbel, have shared their own prayers for the media to encourage others to do the same on social media:
“Lord, thank you for all those in a position to help ‘point our lives in the right direction’ and for your Holy Spirit who strengthens us in this endeavour. Thank you for all those working in our local and national media and we ask you to guide them to bring truth, knowledge, wisdom and insight into our personal lives and our national life. Guard them against any who would wish to use them for ill and empower them by your Spirit to stand up for what is good.” Rev Nicky Gumbel, Holy Trinity Brompton
“Lord Jesus Christ, you speak and bring all that is seen and unseen into being: we give you thanks for the gift of the media to reach the far flung places of the earth with messages of hope and life. We give you thanks for those who risk their security and even their lives to expose injustice and to bring news of hope.May they strive to be the bearers of good news that all people may come to know the abundant life for which we have been created; and yet more wonderfully redeemed in Jesus Christ. We offer our prayer in your name, in the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of the Father. Amen.” Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
Christians in Media have produced a short video that churches can show to their congregations and small groups. – ‘Why Pray for the Media?’. Church leaders can also invite members of their congregations, who work in the industry, to speak at their church or home group, to share their experience and create more of a culture of understanding and awareness of the struggles and need for prayer.
To find out more about the Day of Prayer for the Media on Sunday, 4th November, and to get involved, go to www.christiansinmedia.co.uk/pray4media