An estimated 250 people from 25 different churches took part in Pray for Eastbourne – a morning of prayer for the town, which took place on Zoom on Saturday 23 January 2021.
The event was led by leaders from four different churches: St John’s Meads with St Michael and All Angels; The Well Community Church in Langney; St Mary’s Old Town and Gateway Church in Hampden Park. Guests, who contributed prayer points throughout the morning, included the Bishop of Lewes and Eastbourne’s MP Caroline Ansell, as well as more than a dozen spokespeople from different ministries and organisations in the town such as Foodbank, St Wilfred’s Hospice, Kingdom Way Trust, Matthew 25 and many others.
Feedback from those taking part in the morning was hugely positive with several commenting on how encouraging it was to hear from such a wide range of ministries and to learn how they have continued to work through the pandemic. The 80-120 people who were attending at any one time, divided into breakout rooms in groups of eight, after hearing from the speakers. They then had time to pray, often with people from different churches to their own. Even after the four-hour event ended, more than 50 stayed online, reluctant to leave, having enjoyed the morning of prayer and fellowship across the range of churches from different denominations.