Church of England offers coffee, cake and community solidarity as it “prays for country” ahead of Brexit

Since the referendum, it has had the capacity to create awkward silences at dinner parties, the demise of even the strongest relationships and rifts across the family dinner table.

However the Church of England has now proffered itself as the unlikely mediator amid Brexit discussions and division.

As negotiations reach a pivotal point in parliament and Europe, churches yesterday[TUES] announced that they will host a weekend prayer to encourage people to “get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future”.

The initiative, backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, will see churches across the country hosting informal café-style meetings over the weekend of March 30 to bring together people of all opinions and to encourage open discussion.

Introductory notes for those taking part urge respect for the integrity of opposing views, and encouraging communities which feel the same about the issues to use their imagination to consider the viewpoints of those who feel differently.

Resource packs include specially-chosen Bible passages and prompt questions to start conversations. Questions for those attending include:

‘What effect has Brexit had in your family relationships, friendships etc and if you disagreed, has it been possible to disagree well?’ and: ‘What are the three main things we have in common that we can build on for a better future as a community and as a nation?’

They also include a new prayer entitled ‘a prayer for the nation’. It reads:

‘God of hope, in these times of change, unite our nation and guide our leaders with your wisdom. Give us courage to overcome our fears, and help us to build a future, and help us to build a future in which all may prosper and share; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Last month the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced that he was preparing for five days of prayer after Brexit.

He said he wants to pray in public with the leaders of the Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed churches on the day after Britain leaves.

Written By: Gabriella Swerling

First Published 18.03.19:

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