Baptist Assembly Backs Wembley 2012

Baptist Assembly Backs Wembley 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Wembley 2012 will have a different atmosphere from a football match. Some fans in the audience usually go away feeling let down.  But inSeptember at the Global Day of Prayer London everyone will go away awinner.  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 collaborationwith national organisations, key denominations, the local churches and regionalnetworks.  

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

Register today at

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

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

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

The organisers are seeking Village, Town and City Ambassadors who will stand onbehalf 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 moreinformation.

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 theChristian Church in the capital towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and ispart of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of theMillennium. 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 withprayer networks now in every London borough. West Ham Stadium 07, MillwallFootball Stadium in 2008 and West Ham stadium in 2010 saw a combined attendanceof 40,000 Christians attending.



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