CHURCH leaders took to the streets of Redditch to ask if they could say a little prayer for shoppers and workers.
The Bishop of Dudley Graham Usher was out in Redditch Town Centre on Wednesday (February 18) with other clergy and lay church members to ask people to write their prayers on cards which they would then say for them later at Ash Wednesday services.
The Bishop of Worcester John Inge also took part in prayer gathering in Worcester, while similar events were held elsewhere around the county.
Bishop John said: “Each Ash Wednesday we head out on to the streets of the Diocese offering to pray for individuals. We’ve always found people have really appreciated somebody taking the time and interest to pray for them and any problems or concerns that they’re currently experiencing.”
Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent in the Christian calendar and the focus is on being sorry for the wrong things people have done while at the same time cleansing the soul and fasting, which normally takes the form of abstaining from a certain food for 40 days.