Why Do We Pray and Fast?
In today’s culture many would argue, why pray and fast? There is nothing more powerful by which followers of Jesus can change their lives. Heaven is governed by prayer, and when we pray and fast, it moves the spiritual realm around us. Fasting and prayer know no boundaries. Money, distance or even time, cannot affect the power of prayer. Followers of Jesus understand their lack and have a desperate need for more of God in their lives.
Whenever we place ourselves in a position of self-denial (food), we create warfare with the enemy and allow breakthrough with God. Now imagine that if a whole community of believers pray and fast for a period of time, how that can affect everything around us.
Please join us in 21 Days of Fasting and Praying. It’s self-paced self-directed opportunity for you to be involved with the Festival of Hope.
For more details about fasting, please read below (the guide) or download our prayer and fasting guide.
Prayer and Fasting guide
PRAY AS IF THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON IT…BECAUSE THEY DO!
Strong foundations of prayer in our community.
People in your own church to hunger for a deeper relationship with God.
God would transform the lives of many people through the months of this Festival process.
God’s grace would be revealed to unbelievers through the witness of Christians in our community.
Unity among Christians as we reach out and teach others to live for Jesus.
Leaders, workers, finances, logistics, and resources to make this Festival all that God intends it to be.
Local youth would establish deep roots in Christ and that storms will not cause them to falter or fail.
Deep desires to be strong witnesses for Christ will be born in our young people.
Participating in the Be an Andrew outreach will cause believers to pray daily and more boldly for others to know Christ.
God would raise up prayer warriors for the Festival and that we would see answers to our prayers and be encouraged.
Franklin Graham, the Festival’s musicians, and ministers in our community as God uses them to affect the lives of people and draw them to Christ.
Diligent follow-up and discipleship by local churches, protection of each new believer, an increase in Christ-centred homes, and multiplied outreach after the Festival.
Your neighbours and how you can be God’s light on your street and in your neighbourhood.
God to do amazing things for and in the people of our region and that all the glory will be given to Him.
The Winter Warmer Appeal
My children, love must not be a matter of words or talk; it must be genuine, and show itself in action. This is how we may know that we belong to the realm of truth” (1 John 3:18-19, NEB)
We believe the greatest need in the community, other than the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is to practically show the love of God to the poor and those who are the less fortunate than ourselves.
As the Lancashire Festival of Hope draws to a close and we approach the winter months, temperatures will begin to drop and many people across the region will be in need of warm clothing and other items to combat the cold weather. The Winter Warmer Appeal will allow local churches to distribute necessities to those in need in their own towns and villages through the months of October and November.
Can you and your church provide?
- Gloves, Hats and Scarves
- Socks and Underwear
- Sleeping Bags
- Survival Bags and Foil Blankets
- Toiletry Bags and Feminine Hygiene Pads
All items will be collected and centrally stored in Blackpool. After the Lancashire Festival of Hope comes to a close these items will be distributed across Lancashire to partnering churches as the cold weather sets in. If you are ready for a collection please call the festival office on 01253922560 to order a pick-up time.
Andrew was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. – John 2:40-42
We are calling together the youth of Lancashire to join with us for the Youth Christian Life and Witness Course in preparation for the Festival of Hope this September! Come and join with us as we look at how to grow close to God as a follower of Jesus and how we can have confidence to Be An Andrew, tell our friends about Jesus and invite them to the Festival of Hope!
Food will be provided so make sure you come hungry!
St John’s Blackpool, 8 Cedar Square, Blackpool, FY1 1BP
St. John’s Church, Cedar Square, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HU
- Music by ‘Keith and Jenny’ and the Salvation Army Band
- Bring your ‘HOPE’ themed banners, flags, and/or posters.
- Pray for the Festival of Hope Weekend
- Pray for Lancashire
- Pray for your City
- Pray for Be An Andrew
- Conclude with a prayer walk.
- All classes are taught by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association team members.
- These classes are for everyone, without any obligation at all. However, during the course opportunity will be given to apply to become one of the Festival Counsellors. These are the people that talk briefly with those that respond to the preaching of the Gospel to encourage them in the step of commitment that they are taking. You must be 13 years old and above to counsel.
- Pastors are encouraged to take a lead by attending classes. Pastors are needed to be Supervisors of Counsellors at the Festival and must attend classes to qualify.
- Classes are free. No registration is necessary. Course books and materials are provided without cost. A free-will offering will be received during the second week of classes.
Ideas Used by Pastors to Encourage Class Attendance:
- “All Students were encouraged to attend CLWC in place of the regular youth group.”
- “Our Outreach Leader personally talked to all adults about CLWC attendance.”
- “Small groups were postponed for two weeks, and members were encouraged to attend CLWC.”
- “Wednesday night Bible study was deferred to accommodate the CLWC schedule.”
- “The CLWC was advertised through the church newsletter, bulletins, and pulpit announcements, and were illustrated on church bulletin boards.”
- “CLWC was our primary church activity for three weeks.”
- Provides an Opportunity for Spiritual Renewal.
- Reminds Believers of the Simple Truths About Walking with God.
- Builds Unity in Christ’s Body as Churches in the area join together for the Course.
- Provides a Renewed Emphasis on Evangelism and Discipleship.
- Gives Believers the Practical Tools for Serving Christ.
- Provides Counsellors and Follow-Up Workers for The Festival.
- Provides the Church a Strong Foundation for Future Evangelism and Discipleship
|Sun 2nd Sept (2pm – 6pm)
||Sat 8th Sept (1:30pm – 5pm)
||Sat 8th Sept (9:30pm – 1pm)
||Sat 8th Sept (9:30am – 1pm)
|All Hallows Church
||St. Annes Baptist Church
||Father’s House Elim Church
||St. Andrews Church
|All Hallows Rd, Bispham, Blackpool FY2 0AY
||112 St Andrew’s Rd S, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1PS
||Owen Rd, Lancaster LA1 2AP
||Church Rd, Leyland PR25 3EL
Host Church/Organization Name: Kings Church Blackpool
Meeting Location: Winter Gardens
Host Church/Organization Name: St Johns Church Blackpool
Meeting Location: St Johns Church Blackpool
Ending Time: 2 hours approx
St Mark’s Church Layton
Saturday 16th June at 2.30pm
Blackpool FY3 7HG
Rev’d Peter Lillicrap Vicar of St Mark’s Layton & St Luke’s Staining.