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HEART Christian newspaper | August 23, 2019

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Praise for churches’ activism

A full house for Stoke on Trent’s tenth civic prayer breakfast (Cross Rhythms)

Civic prayer breakfast, King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, 10 May

Stoke-on-Trent’s civic prayer breakfast is one of the largest in the UK and has been replicated across the country. Nearly 330 attended the tenth annual breakfast, at which local dignitaries spoke about how their faith helped them tackle the challenges facing the city.

From left: Rev Rachel Parkinson, Chair of Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District Methodist Church, Robert Mountford, outgoing Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Lilian Dodd, Saltbox Chief Executive Lloyd Cooke and Chief Inspector John Owen (Cross Rhythms)

The outgoing Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Lilian Dodd praised churches’ involvement in the local community, while host Lloyd Cooke, chief executive of the Saltbox community network, challenged guests not to keep themselves in a “holy huddle” but to be “part of the solution” by seeking the welfare of their city.

With thanks to Jennifer Nevill

 

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