Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Getting together to pray for our nation

18th Mar 2019

Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford has joined the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in calling for communities to join together in conversation and prayer as Brexit discussions reach a pivotal point.

Bishop Stephen encourages churches in East London and Essex mark the 29 March by joining in a national prayer initiative of five days and to host informal café-style meetings over the weekend of 30 March to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion.

Bishop Stephen said:

Brexit will be a cause of celebration for some and lament for others, but one thing is clear - we can no longer continue to define one other by how we voted in the referendum. The time has come for communities to come together to serve the common good, in our nation and in our relationship with the rest of Europe.”

“Whether or not it yet becomes the day on which the UK leaves the European Union, 29 March will be a significant moment in the national consciousness”.

Ecumenical church leaders in Essex and East London are gathering for prayer on Thursday 28 March. Bishop Stephen will be at Chelmsford Cathedral at 9.00am on Saturday 30 March. All are welcome to join him.


Message from Bishop Stephen 

The Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford has written a letter to all clergy in the Diocese of Chelmsford asking them to consider hosting a tea-and-prayer drop in session in church on or around Saturday 30 March.

Read the letter 


More information 

Resources include specially-chosen Bible passages, new prayers and prompt questions to start conversations. The packs also include flyers, graphics for social media, and invitations which can be personalised for local use.

Resources are available at