16 June 2005

Churches across Britain to share Edinburgh service for G8

Churches across Britain have been invited to host special services to coincide with one held in Edinburgh to mark the G8 summit. These services will take place on the morning of Saturday 2 July. The Edinburgh service, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Methodist Central Hall in the city, marks the start of a day of events organised by the Make Poverty History campaign to continue to press the G8 leaders.

Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, says "many people will make the journey to Edinburgh for the G8 events. But even more will not be able to, for many different reasons. So by holding the same service at churches across the country, we will all be able to join as one in celebrating our faith and raising our voices to support Make Poverty History. These services will be open to all, and we hope as many churches as possible will be involved. We have also invited churches across the world to join in as well."

The annual Methodist Conference finishes in Torquay on 30 June, just two days before the Edinburgh gathering. Although some Conference members are making the 460-mile journey between the two, including President the Revd Tom Stuckey and Vice President John Bell, the Church wants those who cannot to still be able to join in the service.

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