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Churches across Walsall are joining together for an online celebration of hope on Pentecost Sunday (Sunday 31st May).
Every year, up to 30 churches in Walsall from various denominations and traditions, gather at St Matthew’s Church in the town centre to celebrate togetherness amongst the church in the borough and to pray for Walsall.
With COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting corporate gatherings, the service, titled “Together for Walsall”, has been moved online. A special video, featuring contributions of prayer, worship and inspiring thoughts from churches all over the borough, will be premiered on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday 31st May at 6:30pm.
Rev Jim Trood, vicar at St Matthew’s Walsall and part of the Love Walsall network, is excited about continuing the tradition of gathering churches in Walsall together on Pentecost Sunday.
“We’ve been gathering churches together across Walsall on Pentocost Sunday in May for many years now. The annual service usually attracts 300+ worshippers from all over the borough. We hope that people will join us virtually so that we can continue to stand on behalf of our wonderful borough and pray for hope to be revealed, particularly at this time of national crisis.”
The “Together for Walsall” gathering intentionally coincides with the Church of England’s national fortnight of prayer called “Thy Kingdom Come”, where churches across the country pray for the nation throughout the period of Ascension to Pentecost. Many of those churches would usually gather at the end of this period to pray corporately but lockdown restrictions have prohibited this from happening, causing many churches to switch to virtual gatherings instead.
Recent statistics suggesting that 1 in 4 British people have tuned in to watch an online church service since lockdown began and Rev Jim has high hopes for the “Together for Walsall” gathering.
“There is no greater thing than seeing Christians come together in unity to pray for their towns and boroughs. Moving the service online makes it incredibly accessible to many. We hope that many people will join us online on 31st May to pray good things for Walsall and bring hope in this dark time.”