Church and State?

I spent the later part of last week in Birmingham and London at meetings representing and discussing significant partnerships. On Friday I met someone outside Westminster Abbey and was horrified to discover that it now costs £15 to visit! I feel the grumpy old man inside me asking what the world has come to when you have to pay to visit a church built to glorify God.

Across the road, the Houses of Parliament – an institution suffering great disgrace as a result of the scandal over MP’s expenses was an even more rand symbol of the way in which power in the nation has been redistributed.

Once upon a time the church was at the centre of influence, now it is at the margins. The current generation have lost faith in politics as a solution to the problems that the nation faces. With an election looming, the challenge is, how will we engage with the next generation for the sake of the gospel?

One of the meetings I attended was focussed on an initiative to encourage increased prayer for schools. This is one way in which we can make a difference – through prayer. In May the aim is to encourage people during a particular two week period to focus on praying for schools and alongside others to run local pray for schools events. Details are here. I wonder if this might coincide with a general election. After all it is the next generation who are being educated there – what better place to pray for?


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