Just 10 days remain until October 21, the deadline for the formation of a Stormont Executive in order to prevent the introduction of radical abortion legislation and the redefinition of marriage.
Just yesterday, Both Lives Matter contacted every MLA, asking them to pledge to sit at the table and discuss these matters at the Northern Ireland assembly. We know that there is an appetite for this as recent polling revealed the majority of people 57% (excluding “don’t know” responses) in Northern Ireland are opposed to the new abortion regime being imposed by Westminster. You can read some coverage here.
Please continue to pray. This weekend (12th and 13th), churches across Northern Ireland have been called upon to open their church doors for people to drop in throughout these days to pray. A helpful sheet has been prepared that could be used as prayer guidance for those that may drop-in, and a set prayer has also been drafted, for use during a service, or as you see fit. Both these resources are available here.
If you haven’t already, please sign the petition, and persuade others to do the same. And don’t forget the peaceful gathering at Falls Park this Sunday (13th) at 3.30 in the afternoon, lasting no more than 30 minutes. More information here.
Should these changes come into effect on the 21st, we are working on a way for us to collectively mark this date and make a unified statement that this is not in our name. But even in this case, this is not the end.
We will be engaged in the 5 month vacuum to ensure as much protection as possible is given to both the mother and the unborn child. Talk of a Brexit deal encourages hope for the restoration of a functional NI Executive. But larger than this, we have seen in recent weeks the Church making a unified front and engaging in the public square. We have seen something of what it looks like to seek the peace and prosperity of the city as spoken of in Jeremiah 29.
Let’s together continue this vision in all avenues of public life. His will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.