The Leeds Lent Prayer Diary remains an invaluable resource for bringing people together in prayer for the City of Leeds during Lent, providing Christians from different denominations with a daily focus to pray for current needs. Each day of the diary features a different project working to bring positive change to the city of Leeds through mission, social action, education, arts, and more. Entries are written by the projects themselves and provide an update on their work along with specific prayer requests.

This year’s theme is Compassion (Colossians 3:12) which is reflected throughout the Prayer Diary.

Launch Event

The Launch Event took place on Tuesday 6th February and was hosted jointly by Leeds Church Institute and Leeds Christian Community Trust, held at Roscoe Methodist Church.

Many of the various projects featured in the Prayer Diary were in attendance and we enjoyed a time of networking over stalls from Kidz Klub, SPACE, Joanna Project, SPARK Social Justice, Torch Trust and more.

Liz Harden (Leeds Vineyard) shared an important and impacting keynote message, highlighting the importance of showing compassion to one another, the theme that underpins the Lent Prayer Diary this year. She expounded on the verse from Colossians 3:12:

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”.

As well as showing compassion for others, Liz encouraged us to consider what it looks like to show compassion for ourselves in the midst of the busyness and demands of life.

We shared refreshments and a soup meal together, generously provided by Nurture Catering from St George’s Crypt.

Helen Reid (Director, LCI) led a time of prayer together in the chapel, where we spent time praying in small groups for the projects in the Prayer Diary, as well as for the city of Leeds.