On the buses

02 November 2006

IT WAS a way of praying for the city in the run up to the Just 10 mission due to start in a couple of weeks’ time.

The number-11 bus route circumnavigates Birmingham on the outer ring road, and six “base churches” (not all Anglican: this was an ecumenical effort) were identified along the route to distribute prayer sheets and provide refreshments and lavatories.

Two extra buses were hired for the route as “prayer buses”, and blessed by the Bishop of Birmingham, Dr John Sentamu (pictured). They were for those who wanted to pray and sing and “make a lot of noise”, says the Revd Peter Smith, who was co-ordinating the event.

About 200 or so other church members, usually in pairs, boarded the regular Saturday buses to pray discreetly at given points, such as Winson Green Prison and hospitals, as they travelled. “There were no negative comments,” says Mr Smith; “and people are wanting to do it again even when it’s not part of a mission.”

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