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Churches reach out after the blast
Churches across Manchester threw their doors open and stepped into the community following May’s devastating terrorist attack. On Monday May 22 a bomb was detonated following an Ariana Grande concert in the MEN Arena, killing 22 people – primarily children and teenagers – and leaving 59 seriously injured in hospital. For ten years Anthony Delaney patrolled Manchester as a police officer, but now as the leader of the Ivy Network of churches, he was keen to welcome people in for prayer. He said: “Many of us woke up to the worst possible news.
At the beginning of the year we were in the same arena with thousands of others as we prayed for our city. For this to happen in the same arena this is awful. He added: “I was a police officer for a number of years here in the city and I have seen the worst things happen over the years, but this is the single worst tragedy to occur in our city. “We’ve opened up our church for people to come along and people just walking by who don’t normally come to church have come in to pray for Manchester.” Another church opening its doors was !Audacious Church, located on Trinity Way, just moments away from the scene of the attack.
This article is from the July 2017 issue of iBelieve Magazine. Order your copy today…
“At times like this, prayer is one way in which we can pour out to God.”
“We must do more than look after our own as churches in this time, we must help build a community where everybody is valued and cared for.”