STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY PRAY FOR CHANGE
Oakgrove Integrated College staff and students invite members of the community to join them in prayers for change this afternoon, January 25th at 3.30pm. The event, timed to mark the end of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, will draw together members of different traditions of the Christian family in the city.
The service follows the agenda of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and this year’s theme “We will all be changed” focusing on personal change leading to wider change in communities and society. This year’s theme was decided by the churches in Poland who have reflected on their own experience as a nation, and in particular how they have been changed and transformed by many upheavals of their history and sustained by their faith. The General Secretary of Churches Together, the Rev. Bob Fyffe points out: “Change is at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church, we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ.” Invitations have been sent to local schools and the community. Vice Principal and Integration Co-ordinator John Harkin points out: “Oakgrove believes that this event is important for people of belief. Our community still bears the scars of conflict and the evidence of division. By marking this event for Christian Unity, those who join us are showing their commitment to a different way of doing things, where we can share what we have in common, and work together to overcome differences which divide.”
All are welcome to attend and are asked to confirm attendance with the school.
Students at Oakgrove Integrated College pictured as they make final preparations for this afternoon’s service to mark the final day of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service, which is open to the public, takes place at 3.30 today, Wednesday January 25, in Oakgrove Integrated College, Gransha Park.