Pause for Hope- A prayer service for those affected by cancer

PAUSE FOR HOPE – A service for those affected by Cancer

To – Churches in Plymouth…

I am writing to you to kindly bring to your attention a prayer service initiative that takes place in several cathedrals and a number of churches throughout the UK and we are hopeful, in prayer, that you may feel able to support its growth. I have identified your Churches Together group as being in an area where we currently have no coverage and where we are seeking new flagship groups, hence my contact today.

Pause for Hope is a charity that organises and equips ecumenical services of prayer for all those affected by cancer throughout the UK and Ireland. From patients and carers, to medics and support services we facilitate services to not only remember loved ones but also to tackle cancer through prayer and more specifically to pray for the day when all cancers can be prevented or cured. The initiative for Pause for Hope came from retired thoracic surgeon Professor Ray Donnelly, MBE FRCS, Founder and President of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

So many people are affected by cancer these days, with 1 in 2 UK people being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime (Cancer Research UK) and Pause for Hope meets some of the very important needs. Those attending a service are able to pray for their carers, doctors and nurses and other medical professionals, for those with responsibility for allocating and managing resources for cancer and, of course, for our scientists searching for the cure to cancer.

Building on our recent successes, such as our twentieth anniversary service at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, which was attended by some 400 people, we are now turning our attention to 2019 and what can be achieved to help even more Christians affected by cancer throughout the UK. As mentioned earlier, we are currently seeking new flagship locations to hold services in to further develop the work of Pause for Hope. You might like to go to our website for more information about specific services – www.pauseforhope.org.uk.

The Pause for Hope services, which are ecumenical in character, have proved very popular and appear to have met a real need, and have been held every year in one or other of the Cathedrals in Liverpool (Archbishop McMahon, Bishop Williams and Bishop James Jones) and in recent years in Chester (Bishop Davies), Manchester (Bishop Arnold), Paisley (Bishop Keenan), Birmingham (Archbishop Longley), Glasgow (Churches Together in Glasgow), Lampeter in Wales (various local denominations), Clitheroe (St Michael and St John’s Parish Church), Formby (Churches Together in Formby), and Motherwell. In our most recent addition was a service in Her Majesty’s Prison Littlehey, with 70 prisoners attending, demonstrating further that Pause for Hope is relevant to all parts of society.

We would be delighted to discuss with you the possibility of a Pause for Hope service in your locality and provide a pack of further information as we are hopeful that you will appreciate the unique nature of Pause for Hope and all that it offers to people. Prayer is powerful, as it comes directly from our all-powerful God and Redeemer and we firmly believe that prayer can transform and enrich the lives of those affected by cancer.

We would provide support for any service that could be held, we would also publicise any service, provide a draft Order of Service, prayer cards, intention cards and other key components. If your Churches Together group would please consider supporting this prayer initiative, and its development in the UK, by holding a service we would be absolutely delighted to hear from you.

Best regards, Kate Strickland-Wright

National Development Officer and Manager, Pause for Hope

T: 07740948989 W: www.pauseforhope.org.uk E: kate.strickland-wright@roycastle.org