Following discussions (1, 2) here over Keith Danby’s comments in Christian Marketplace magazine about the viability of Christian retail in the UK, Joy McIlroy of Ashburnham Bookshop suggested a Day of Prayer for the UK Christian Book Trade:
I am feeling a huge call to pray for the Christian trade in this country. What do people think of an organised day where we encourage all in the trade to take an hour out to pray – maybe even gather with others to do it?
Responses have been overwhelmingly positive and today is the day:
- When: Friday 4th September 2009
- Suggested Times: 10am and/or 3pm
- Where: Christian bookshops and anywhere else where people are willing to meet and pray. See the list of venues below for specific times and places.
- Suggested Points for Prayer: See Day of Prayer Gathers Momentum and/or download the Day of Prayer Worksheet (pdf, 98kb)
If you are willing to host a prayer time in your shop or local church, please leave details via the comments below: these will then be added to the list of venues below. Specific prayer requests and other ideas or suggestions are all welcome! In particular, as well as praying for one another, let’s make sure we remember to pray for our colleagues in the wider book and retail trade.
If you’re a member of the Christian Authors, Booksellers and Publishers facebook group, please keep an eye on your facebook inbox for further announcements; and if you’d like to join the group, please ask.
- Day of Prayer Co-ordinator: Joy McIlroy
- dayofprayer AT christianbookshops.org.uk
- Ashburnham Place Prayer Centre: 5.00 – 7.00pm
Contact: Joy McIlroy
- Centre Christian Bookshop, Stroud: 8.30am
Contact: Yvonne Hobbs
- Christian Books, Dunstable: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Contact: John Keble
- Cornerstone Bookshop (Trinity Bookshop Trust), Matlock
Contact: Bernice Smith
- Cornerstone, North Finchley: 8.45 – 9.15am
Contact: John Duncan, 020 8446 3056, info AT cornerstone.co.uk
- Crown Books @ The Centre, Horsham
Contact: Doug Fletcher
- FOOTPRINTS Christian Shops
59 Newport Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 1LB
130a Newgate St, Bishop Auckland DL14 7EH
6 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NB
Contacts: Pam & John Gaines
- GLO Bookshop, Motherwell: 10.30 – 11.00am
Contact: Andrew Lacey, alacey AT glo-europe.org
- LivingStones, Fleet, Hants: Community Room – ‘The Meeting Place’ — open as a prayer room 9.45am to 4.00pm, but particularly gathering for collective prayer at 10.00am and 3.00pm
Contact: Suzanne, 01252 616038
- Manna Christian Centre, Streatham, London: 3 separate sessions in the morning, afternoon, and evening at Streatham Baptist Church, Lewin Road, London SW16 6JR.
Contact: Dave Lock, 020 8769 8588.
- New Life Christian Centre, Rotheram: 10.00 – 11.00am
Contact: Sharon Newson, 01709 379499 sharon.newson AT newlife-cc.co.uk
Ample free parking on site.
- Re:fresh Books: Tolworth Broadway, Surbiton, Surrey 8.00 – 9.00am
Contact: Marguerite Williams
- Scripture Union Resource Centre & Bookshop, Belfast: 10.00am
Contact: Michael Gibson
- Unicorn Tree Books, Lincoln
Contact: Melanie Carroll
- Wesley Owen: All branches – please contact your local branch for details.