News Article: May 11, 2012

Baptist Assembly Backs Wembley 2012

As thousands gathered this weekend at the annual Baptist Assembly in Central London, leaders gave their unqualified and enthusiastic support to the National Day of Prayer and Worship taking place at Wembley Stadium, September 29, 2012.

"Come to Wembley.  Come and pray.  Come and be envisioned for God’s heart for the nations. God calls us to be world changers.  This day is very important," said new President of the Baptist Union, Chris Duffett.

He added: "This isn’t one particular church’s gig.  We are called to be people of prayer and evangelism.  The appeal of Global Day of Prayer for me is about having God’s heart to go out and bring the good news of Jesus.  It is a catalyst for mission.  I want to encourage as many Baptist Christians as possible to join me at Wembley Stadium."

Already the Baptist Union has been supporting this National Day of Prayer and Worship.  Ian Bunce, Head of Mission explained, “I’ve been attending a lot of the meetings.  This is a great opportunity for Christians to be together, praying and worshipping.”  

"Wembley Stadium will be like a service station.  Psalm 46 is one of my favourites, and Eugene Peterson’s translation says to ‘take a step out of the traffic’.  At a service station you take time out, you get refreshed then you go back onto the motorway.  As Christians come out of Wembley that movement back onto the motorway of life will affirm what we are all called to do."

“We are all called to be salt and light.  Wembley will be like the salt cellar, but the salt will get dispersed and it will make a massive difference.  Wembley will impact Wigan, Wrexham and Wales – and beyond.”

"Wembley 2012 will have a different atmosphere from a football match.  Some fans in the audience usually go away feeling let down.  But in September at the Global Day of Prayer London everyone will go away a winner.  Following Jesus we always score a victory,” added Ian, speaking as the FA Cup Final was taking place.

The National Day of Prayer and Worship is hosted by GDOP London in collaboration with national organisations, key denominations, the local churches and regional networks.  

GDOP London Convener Jonathan Oloyede commented “I’m so pleased that the Baptist Union is supporting and encouraging over 2,000 churches to attend Wembley 2012.  Together as we unite in prayer we will see God work through each Christian, all across the UK and beyond.”

Register today at

Christians are being encouraged to start mobilising their congregations to get involved in the National Day of Prayer and Worship by:

Informing every church member of the event and encouraging them to register their attendance as soon as possible at:

Appointing Wembley 2012 ambassadors, who will book coaches to bring down their entire churches for the event.

The organisers are seeking Village, Town and City Ambassadors who will stand on behalf of their region at Wembley.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer at noon every day.

Making a donation at

Call 08456 528 600 or email for more information.

For further information and media enquires contact:

Peter Wooding: 01244 549167/07500 903067

Dr Jonathan Oloyede: 08456 528 600 / 07956 237 266

Kim Dopson, GDOP Executive Administrator: 08456 528 600


The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movement of collaboration across the Christian Church in the capital towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and is part of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium. In 2009 over 250 million Christians united in 220 countries to pray. In London, GDOP has been a focus of prayer and Christian action since 2006 with prayer networks now in every London borough. West Ham Stadium 07, Millwall Football Stadium in 2008 and West Ham stadium in 2010 saw a combined attendance of 40,000 Christians attending.



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