On Monday evening I had the pleasure and privilege of being with the senior Church leaders of Greater Manchester and meeting with the 10 Borough Mayors of Greater Manchester and their consorts, together with the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the Lord Lieutenant. Our host for the evening was the Bishop of Manchester and thanks to the culinary skills of his daughter (whilst she juggled a 3 month old) served us up a delightful dinner. The atmosphere was designed to be very relaxed, so although the mayors were all wearing their regalia it was a time for “letting the hair down”. The importance of our gathering was to recognise that they have just been elected to office and will now spend an intensive year giving of themselves to their communities, and that our paths will cross with theirs at civic events during that year and they need our support and prayers. The Bishop of Manchester also made mention of the passing of Jo Cox MP, and the pressure on those who arrange for the security of all civic leaders.
Please pray for:
• those serving our communities through a variety of civic offices
• the creative partnerships with others in our communities that are part of God’s mission
• the family and friends of Jo Cox MP as they come to terms with her tragic death last week
• our witness within communities that helps to break down barriers