A Barnsley church will feature in a BBC documentary during Holy week that examines the changing face of Christianity in Britain.
A House of Prayer for all Nations came in a vision to the Revd David Munby one day while he was in prayer.
It was 1994 and David was on sabbatical in Iowa exploring the spiritual aspects of church growth and the place of prayer in spiritual breakthrough. At first he interpreted the words as a call to prayer meaning that individual Christians, individual homes and even the congregation themselves would become a house of prayer.
And then they started to come. Not in great swathes but noticeably people from “all nations’ began to find their way to St George’s church in the town centre of Barnsley - refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers, or others who simply felt dispossessed, alien, alone. And he explained, the vision began to take on more meaning as a vision of care for people from all nations.
Said David: “We have been proclaiming for 20 years by banners inside and outside church that we are supposed to be ‘A House of Prayer for All Nations’ and in recent years we truly have become a church for all nations.”
The banners were produced by two young local artists who came to the church to get married a few years ago. They serve as a constant reminder of both the vision and the prophecy.
David is now the chairman of Barnsley City of Sanctuary.