- Created: Wednesday, 03 January 2018 16:54
- Written by Andy Page
The LOVE WESTON team have been encouraging local Christians to pray and care for their streets since 2006. During that time, many people have signed up to pray for families and businesses situated in roads surrounding where they live, where they work or where they sense there is need. There have been numerous positive outcomes of this project which is ongoing.
Many of us are already aware about the needs of Weston General Hospital. The headlines in today's news highlight the desperate shortage of beds nationally. The list of challenges that hospitals are tackling is long - reduced funding, specialist and nursing staff shortages, the high cost of temporary / bank staff, ageing population, Australian flu and norovirus to name a few. The impacts on patients in Weston have become obvious - night-time closure of A and E, appointments re-scheduled, specialty treatment / operations re-located to other hospitals in Bristol / Taunton. We understand that this has also had a major impact on the workload and morale of the WGH staff and the ambulance service.
LOVE WESTON sense that this is a critical situation, and that it would be apt to create an opportunity for concerned local Christians to come together - without a specific mandate or solution - to hear about and then PRAY into the issues and challenges affecting the services that our local hospital provides.
The spirit of the gathering will be very much about bringing positive and constructive prayer for the various aspects of this complex situation.
This is NOT a political / lobbying rally or a public debate. Others are consulting, lobbying, running petitions and making political viewpoints. That is not what this meeting is about.
We believe that 'Prayer Changes Things!' If you care about Weston General Hospital - join us and be part of these informed prayers for positive outcomes for the benefit of all at the hospital and our community.
The format for the evening will be that invited guest speakers will briefly present key facts, information and opinions - we will then take time to listen to God as we pray into the situation in small groups. We will meet cafe style, around coffee tables. There will be times of praise and worship, led by Salv and Noelle Lomanto and friends. Refreshments will be served from 7pm. Entry is Free - we will take up a Collection towards costs.
Join us on Wednesday 10th January 2018, 7.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1TN.
We are encouraged to hear that some church and cell / home group leaders are considering re-convening their existing meetings and joining us for the evening where possible.
There will also be a short presentation on LOVE WESTON and the opportunity to sign up to pray and care for a street in the Weston-super-Mare area.
PLEASE HELP! - In view of the urgency, we are planning this a week ahead of the meeting date - and need your help to promote the Prayer Flash Mob. We don't have much of a budget - so it's over to you to help us get the message out. Please forward, share, like, tag, phone, announce at church / home groups, shout!! - to inform other concerned Christians about the evening.
A Prayer Guide will be distributed after the meeting and will be available for download from the Love Weston Website.
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Rev Canon John Simons
On behalf of the LOVE WESTON Team