News Article: May 27, 2012

UK Christians Unite for Pentecost Week of Prayer

Christians from across the UK united for a week of prayer, culminating with the echoes of thousands worshipping and praying at Leyton Orient Stadium for London’s Burning and Bristol Arise at Bristol City stadium on Pentecost weekend.

On Saturday May 26, Christians gathered at Leyton Orient stadium for London’s Burning. On the outskirts of the Olympic site they worshipped Jesus, prophesied over the nation, declared Jesus as Lord of the London Olympics and prayed for all aspects of the Games.

On Pentecost Sunday May 27, as millions of believers around the world joined together for the Global Day of Prayer, Arise Bristol took place at Ashton Gate Stadium, when thousands from across the region from all denominations and streams gathered to pray into all spheres of society. 

“Christians from right across the church spectrum here in Bristol felt it was really important to gather and respond to God in prayer at this time in this stadium for the reason God called us together to arise as a church in Bristol to hear what God’s saying and to respond to Him,” said Keith Hagan, Chair of Bristol Evangelical Alliance.

Jon Doble Chair of Churches Together in Greater Bristol added: “Today is a real coming together to arise to share in an event of worship, repentance for our city and to declare that we intend to put things right through united prayer and working together.”

Guests from outside Bristol included GDOP London Convener Jonathan Oloyede, Ian and Pauline Cole from the World Prayer Centre and worship leader Noel Robinson.

Throughout the week the Pentecost Festival hosted a dedicated prayer room with many different Christian organisations leading focussed prayer sessions each day.

Then on Tuesday night GDOP London and Dry Bones Trust hosted a Night of Prayer at the Emmanuel Christian Centre, specifically focussed on gathering evangelists to pray together. 

During the evening more than one hundred evangelists heard a powerful message from David Hathaway the founder of Eurovision, about the need for all evangelists to have a fire in them and a passion for praying before they could be effective in sharing the Gospel.

Many of these evangelists came away inspired to continue to work and pray together to reach the nation.

“We were led in a prayer that our fire wouldn’t go out, that we would be people of fire all the time and that excites me.  I feel I’ve received something of the fire of the Spirit with more passion to share the good news of Jesus,” said Chris Duffett President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

International evangelist George Miller added: “This is something I’ve prayed for that God would raise up evangelists across this country and especially evangelists who work together with a Kingdom vision. I believe a lot will come out of this.”

And Dave Newton, Director of Outreach for British Youth for Christ said:

“It was so important gathering evangelists together to unite them with a vision of starting on our knees and then moving forward with our hands and our actions.  I think that’s a really vital message.”

Later that evening more than 500 Christians who gathered for the Night of Prayer heard presentations from a number of different outreach ministries, which they then prayed for. 

At one stage the YWAM Megacities team of more than 100 believers from around the world, formed a line up and down the aisles to receive prayer for their outreach plans.

“It’s evident that from all the various initiatives and events that the kingdom of God is growing in the nation and we encourage all churches to maximise the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and gathering at Wembley for the National Day of Prayer and Worship September 29,” said GDOP London Convener Jonathan Oloyede.

To register today for the National Day of Prayer and Worship go to:

Twitter @ndopwembley


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 548 600 or email for more information.


For further information and media enquires contact:


To request media interviews or for photographs of Arise Bristol and London’s Burning 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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