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MPs vote on whether to delay Brexit still from ITV newsAs the UK approaches the date it is scheduled to leave the European Union, the Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE), together with its partners Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), are calling all churches to prayer.

From 27-31 March, the Presidents urge churches to find ways to pray, and to be opened for any in their communities seeking a space for prayer.

Read more: Church leaders’ call to prayer ahead of Brexit

Police at new zealand shooting credit The LallantopThe Revd Philip Brooks, United Reformed Church Secretary for Ecumenical Interfaith Relations, has offered a prayer for the victims of a terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, today (Friday 15 March).

As Muslims gathered at two mosques for morning prayers, a coordinated attack left 49 people dead and many more seriously wounded.

Read more: A prayer for victims of mass shooting in New Zealand

Knife angel credit Janet UlliottKaren Campbell, a United Reformed Church (URC) Related Community Worker (CRCW) for Grassroots – a Luton-based ecumenical charity that supports community work through its involvement with the Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches (BPBHCC) – reflects on the tragic and violent loss of teenagers due to knife crime.

Karen’s poem is a response to a Huffington Post article that lays bare harsh statistics which shows across London ‘the victims, and perpetrators [of knife crime], are mainly poor, and they are disproportionately black.’

Read more: ‘How many more?’ A response to knife crime

Ash on forehead ahna ziegler 558901 unsplashThe Revd Richard Church, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship), reflects on society’s desire for instant gratification as Christians around the world prepare for a time of reflection, preparation and sacrifice.

The practicing of ‘ashing’, the marking of a cross in ash mixed with oil on hands or forehead, has never played a significant role in the liturgical practices of the United Reformed Church. However, it marks an entry into a period dedicated to deepening prayer, practicing generosity and fasting.

Read more: Ash Wednesday: on the threshold of a season of sorrow