The first weekend after the UK was supposed to leave the European Union, churches and cathedrals are offering spaces for conversation and prayer on Brexit.
Many churches across the country are holding prayer vigils this weekend on what should have marked the start of a new post-Brexit era for the UK.
But after another week of votes and debates failed to break the deadlock on Brexit, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting people to come together in dialogue and prayer as part of five days of prayer for the nation and its future relationship with the European Union.
Cathedrals across England have answered that call. On Friday, Leicester Cathedral hosted a prayer vigil led by the Bishop of Loughborough, Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chair of the European Council of Churches, while Wakefield Cathedral has been inviting members of the public to come and write down their prayers for peace and for each other on prayer cards.
The Bishop of Grantham, Dr Nicholas Chamberlain was due to take part in a drop-in session at St Botolph’s Parish Church in Boston, Lincolnshire at 6pm on Saturday.
He said that unity was possible in spite of people’s differences over Brexit.
“In a time of great uncertainty, the one thing we can do is to come together and pray together and in doing that we are sending out an important sign that whatever our differences are perceived to be, we can be united,” he said.
“Boston and the surrounding area expressed a strong preference to leave in 2016. However, even in Boston, there were those who voted to stay.
“As we know, the political situation is unclear and there are still strong differences of opinion. Given that, the one thing we can do is to come together and pray together and in doing that we are sending out an important sign that whatever our differences are perceived to be, we have the capacity to be united.