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10 October 2017

Seeking peace and prosperity for our towns and cities.

Seeking peace and prosperity for our towns and cities.

Hundreds of Christians gathered at Westminster Central Hall on 6 and 7 October to seek the peace and prosperity of their towns, cities and places.

Movement Day UK saw leaders from across the country meet together to seek the cultural, social and spiritual transformation of their communities.

Hosted by Roger Sutton, director of Gather, an initiative of the Evangelical Alliance, the conference brought together people from all spheres of society to equip and encourage Christians working to see their communities transformed in Jesus' name.

Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "I came away from Movement Day tremendously encouraged by what God is doing in our towns and cities. 

"For us at the Evangelical Alliance, Movement Day represented an answer to so many prayers and provided us with the fresh challenge of building on what was achieved in our short time together.

"Movement Day enabled us to learn from one another, to hear the stories of unity movements not just in the UK but across the world. 

"We heard not just from church leaders but from Christians in public leadership who are building strong, prayer-filled relationships with a shared passion to see spiritual, social and physical transformation in our communities." 

Movement Day started in the United States in 2010. It envisages a Church which is reaching all parts of society, working together strategically and intentionally to further God's kingdom. 

This was the first Movement Day in the UK. 

Seminars and themed tracks covered all spheres of public life, from the arts and media to business and local government.

The Alliance's South Asian Forum (SAF) hosted a track equipping leaders for cross-cultural mission led by Usha Reifsnider, SAF coordinator.

The Alliance's Public Leadership team led a seminar allowing delegates to share some of the challenges faced by public leaders and to explore how churches can support and equip public leaders in their midst.

The One People Commission, established by the Alliance to develop unity across all ethnic expressions of the Church, shared their story on the main stage.

Hundreds of delegates gathered in Parliament Square in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey to pray for our nations. Prayers were led by Steve Clifford, Pastor Agu Irukwu and Bishop Angelos amongst others.

During the final session attendees were asked to share what they were planning to do in their communities. Many shared that they would be returning to home to build better relationships with other churches and Christians in their communities, in the hope of developing local unity to work together for transformation.

Movement Day Doncaster will take place next summer, on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. 

Were you at Movement Day UK? We'd love to hear your stories and how you're planning to work for transformation in your place - email us info@eauk.org. If you'd like to find out more about unity movements, email the Movement Day team at joinus@movementday.uk