Cathedral prayer vigil for those on the edge

The Bishop of Bradford is to lead a prayer vigil  at  Bradford Cathedral  for asylum seekers, the lonely and those living ‘on the edge’ across the city.

Organised by Wellsprings Together Bradford which was formed two years ago by the Church Urban Fund and the diocese as a joint venture, prayers will be led by Bishop Toby Howarth for those seeking asylum, and for the lonely and the isolated. Canon Gordon Dey will co-lead the evening event on Sunday October 11 from 6pm – 8pm with prayer stations set up around the Cathedral.

The prayer vigil is part of a week of activities with a conference,  Hope on the Edge,  taking place three days later on Wednesday 14th October hosted by the Lord Mayor of Bradford at City Hall.

Liz Firth of Wellsprings said, “We have invited local churches to tell the stories of what they are doing and how Wellsprings Together Bradford has supported them. Bishop Toby and the Revd Paul Hackwood, Chair of Church Urban Fund,will be keynote speakers in the afternoon.

Liz says the conference will be of particular benefit to local church and community leaders working with the oor and those on the margins. “The Conference will be invaluable for those who wish to discover more, and particularly those who would like to know how to access support for their work. Wellsprings Together Bradford is dedicated to walking alongside churches and groups as they address the challenges of their local context. “

She adds, “We can offer practical support including background to funding opportunities such as the CUF ‘Together Grants’. If these are new to you, you may like to find out more of what support is available.”

The Hope on the Edge conference takes place from on Wednesday 14 October from 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

For more information and to book places at both events visit

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