This year's National Day of Prayer and Worship will be held in partnership with Saints in the Stadium, in St. Helens on Saturday 12th October 2013 between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
Several months have now passed since the National Day of Prayer and Worship in Wembley Stadium where over 32,000 people gathered to pray for our Family of Nations. It was an historic event in one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world with the effect still being felt across the UK.
Since Wembley, the National Day of Prayer and Worship team have been looking to the future and felt the need to 'join the dots' of prayer across the country, which in turn would lead to natural partnering to host the 2013 National Day of Prayer and Worship. Prayerfully decisions have now taken place and this years gathering is in St Helens.
It is expected that the event in the Autumn will see between 10,000 - 18,000 Christians from across the North and Nation attending from various Christian strands and networks.
Ministries and Churches from across the North of England who were inspired by what happened in Wembley, have been led by God to come together for a day of Repenting, Rejoicing and Seeking God.
Details of the vision for the St Helens event, Saints in the Stadium were shared in the context of prayer and worship led by local leader, Ian Yates at the Stadium. There was also input from Philip Fell (Co-Chair) and Steve Pilkington (Visionary) who both sit on the monthly planning group.
A word of encouragement for the event has also been received by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu who is responsible for Anglican churches in the Northern Province.
There will also be monthly prayer meetings at the Stadium in the run down to the event in October, which is open to anyone from across the churches in the North.
The North is serving the Nation this year by facilitating the National Day of Prayer and Worship 2013.
Speaking ahead of this evening's event, Dr Jonathan Oloyede, Founder of the National Day of Prayer and worship said:
"Wembley was amazing last September, and we thank God for all that was done that day! Now, we look to standing with the leaders in the North for Saints in the Stadium later this year. God is speaking in our nation and I believe we need to be one Body in united lifting our prayers to Him.
I am delighted that NDOPW is partnering with and standing alongside leaders in St Helens to pull this event together. I am confident that God is going to move in St Helens in October as well as the rest of the nation. I encourage you to be part of this!"
Also, speaking of his delight that St Helens is able to host this year’s event, Philip Fell, one of the Co-Chairs of the planning group said:
"Christians are called to unity as the body of Christ. Prayer draws us to that place. As we stand together on 12th October this year, united in prayer for the Region, for the North and for the Nation I believe we will not simply be holding an event but be part of developing a legacy of Unity, Prayer and Mission which will lead to the revival and transformation of our nation."
Ticket sales for Saints in the Stadium will go on sale in early May, with further details being released soon.
The website - www.saintsinthestadium.co.uk
was also launched.