During Lent South Bank Churches set up a series of three giant blackboards; outside St. Anselm’s Church on Kennington Lane (by Kennington Cross), outside Lambeth Mission St. Mary’s (on Lambeth Road) and outside Oasis Church at the top of Kennington Road (by the bus stops) and invited the members of our local communities to write their hopes and prayers for our local streets and neighbourhoods there.
During the first week of Lent we created a non-stop chain of prayer ‘24-7’ (from 8.00pm on Wednesday 18th February through until 8.00pm on Wednesday 25th February). Our aim was not only to listen to the voices of our community but to use them to direct our prayers and also to help us as we think about the focus of our work over the months ahead. To that same end this page also provides you with the chance to leave your prayers for the community here.
As a group of churches our ongoing goal is to prioritise Christ’s two greatest commandments: to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbours as ourselves (The Bible. Mark 12:30). There’s an old Russian proverb that says, ‘Pray to God, but row for the shore!’
We struggle with the idea of cloistered spirituality which too readily separates itself from the needs of the world, but rather we are committed to working together to turn prayer into practical action.