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Over 45,000 join virtual Pentecost

by Chantalle Edmunds

Over 45,000 individuals, churches and ministries registered to join what's thought to be the biggest national UK online prayer meeting.

The event was coordinated by the National Day of Prayer and Worship, working alongside Church Denominations and Christian Ministries, and builds upon the 32,500 Christians who gathered at Wembley Stadium for a national day of prayer and worship in September 2012

The 'In One Accord' event on Pentecost Sunday at 2 p.m. was created to unite Christians and churches from across the UK and Ireland in an online prayer meeting on Facebook and YouTube. 

The live programme, broadcast from London, attracted the likes of well known Christian worship leaders, including Noel Robinson and Helen Yousaf. 

Prayers from each of the nations, a focus on the future generation and a commitment for Christians to serve their communities after the pandemic ends, were focal points.

Speaking about how plans for Virtual Pentecost developed, Dr Jonathan Oloyede of the National Day of Prayer and Worship said in a statement, ahead of the event.

"The unity of the church is so important as we move forward from this pandemic as we step into all that God has for us. I'm so encouraged that over the last 8 weeks, over 39,000 people have signed up and registered to be part of Virtual Pentecost. We have shared this vision, which is of God; it's not mine, with leaders and they have said that God seems to be making this to happen. 

There are various denominations and streams preparing in prayer for Pentecost and my prayer that we will unite together at the end to celebrate God is doing and ask for His Holy Spirit to fall afresh on the church as we go forward to see our families, communities, churches and nation changed."

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