Church leaders are calling on people to pray for the nation on the day the UK is due to leave the European Union.
The bishops of the Church in Wales fear Brexit could bring a time of “confusion and anxiety” as the country begins a new era on March 29. They are asking churches to be kept open for private or corporate prayer or simply for people to spend time in quiet reflection.
The Bishop of St Davids, Joanna Penberthy, says, “Leaving the EU will impact on almost every area of our lives; and as we approach March 29, many people are fearful at the prospect of leaving without a negotiated deal, leading to unknown consequences for people, businesses and communities. The Bishops of the Church in Wales are calling for March 29 to be a day of prayer for our nation, at this time of confusion and anxiety.”
In addition, churches are being advised to prepare for Brexit in several other practical and pastoral ways. These include being aware of the pressures facing businesses, employees and families with members abroad; helping any EU citizens in their congregations with the new registration process; making sure foodbanks are well supplied with goods and volunteers; reaching out in friendship to other faith and minority ethnic groups and teaching about the importance of welcome and hospitality to promote community cohesion; and praying for politicians, negotiators and civil servants.
Brexit prayers have been prepared by the CTBI (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland). You can download them in English and Welsh.