Anglican and Catholic bishops team up for Listen To God: Hear the Poor
Thursday 10th April 2014Anglican and Catholic bishops are making joint visits to church-run projects serving those in need this week, as part of Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ week of prayer and social action.
Bishop David McGough, left, and Geoff Annas, right, at Wesley Hall Methodist church food bank, 8 April 2014. (Picture: Mark Scott)
The joint initiative between Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Vincent is about highlighting Christian work serving the poor and vulnerable – and holding it in prayer throughout Passiontide.
Tomorrow morning, Anglican Bishop Stephen Cottrell and Catholic Bishop Thomas McMahon will visit the Chelmsford Food Bank where they will pray with the volunteers and meet some users of the service.
They will then visit homelessness charity Caritas Anchor House in Canning Town, east London, where they will hear news of the charity’s £15m Home and Hope Appeal, meet the director and residents and tour Anchor House.
On Tuesday the Anglican Bishop of Stafford, Geoff Annas, and Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, David McGough, visited the Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank, which is housed in a Methodist church.
On the same day the Anglican Bishop of Kingston, Richard Cheetham, joined the Catholic Bishop of Southwark in a visit to a Christian charity in south London which provides accommodation and support for vulnerable people.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell said: "As Easter approaches churches are joining together and are holding all in need in our society and all who support them in our thoughts and prayers. Our visits to these projects are part of a national initiative by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury called 'Listed to God: hear the poor'. Prayer can change us and the world we live in. The more we pray the more we get in line with God's purposes for his world."
Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Vincent launched the week on Sunday with a joint visit to a centre in north London offering accommodation in a Christian community for men going through immigration processes.
This coming Sunday they will together visit a drop-in crisis centre for local people in Folkestone.
Throughout the week people are being encouraged the join the Archbishops in prayer for the church’s work serving the poor. Daily prayers, readings and video reflections are being posted on archbishopofcanterbury.org and rcdow.org.uk.
Watch video reflections and download prayers and readings for Listen To God: Hear the Poor here
What is your church doing to help those in need? Tweet using the hashtag #ListenToGod so that work can be held in prayer this week.