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Community News & Views | Brexit prayers at Bersted church

BREXIT will be in the prayers of visitors to the mother church of Bognor Regis tomorrow.


St Mary Magdalene Church is to mark a national prayer initiative to help to be a focus for reconciliation and unity around the contentious subject.


The church, in Bersted Street, will provide an opportunity from 10am and midday for people to drop in and get together over a cup of tea or coffee and discuss the country’s future.


The church’s vicar, the Rev Tim Crook, said: “We’re offering a safe space for people to listen to one another where they can disagree without being disagreeable.


“We aim not to make anyone feel uncomfortable but will be providing various opportunities for prayer, either privately or together with others. Everyone is welcome.”


The weekend has been chosen because today was originally selected as the time when the UK would leave the European Union.


For that reason, and no matter what happens politically, it is a significant moment in the national consciousness.


The prayer session has been backed by the Church of England’s leading figures, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentanu.


They said: “We’re inviting people of all faith and goodwill to get together to pray for our political leaders and for a fresh and uniting vision for all in our country.”


Their voices were joined by the Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson.


He said: “We have been living through some momentous political times as the country edges closer to Brexit.


“Whatever your view of the issue, there can be no doubt that this has been one of the most divisive issues our country has faced in many years.”


Mr Crook is pictured above at a community event held at his church last autumn.

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