UK Christians Unite for Pentecost Week of Prayer

UK Christians Unite for Pentecost Week of Prayer

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

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

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

“Christians from right across the church spectrum here in Bristol felt itwas really important to gather and respond to God in prayer at this time in thisstadium for the reason God called us together to arise as a church in Bristol tohear 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 areal coming together to arise to share in an event of worship, repentance forour city and to declare that we intend to put things right through united prayerand working together.”

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

Throughout the week the Pentecost Festival hosted a dedicated prayer room withmany different Christian organisations leading focussed prayer sessions eachday.

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

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

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

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

International evangelist George Miller added: “This is somethingI’ve prayed for that God would raise up evangelists across this countryand especially evangelists who work together with a Kingdom vision. I believe alot 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 avision of starting on our knees and then moving forward with our hands and ouractions.  I think that’s a really vital message.”

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

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

“It’s evident that from all the various initiatives and events thatthe kingdom of God is growing in the nation and we encourage all churches tomaximise the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and gathering atWembley for the National Day of Prayer and Worship September 29,” saidGDOP 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 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 548 600 or email for moreinformation.


For further information and media enquires contact:


To request media interviews or for photographs of Arise Bristol andLondon’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 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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