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Declaration: one powerful week of prayer

03 Jan 2021

A national new years prayer week, uniting local churches through worship, teaching and faith in action.


The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

We were blessed to start this year with our Declaration 2021 event which united thousands of people from across the UK in a powerful time of prayer and worship.

The week-long event featured dynamic worship leaders and speakers including: Pastor Agu Irukwu, Bishop John Francis, Becca Folkes, Bishop Wayne Malcolm, Emmanuel Smith, Seth Pinnock – and many more!

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Some of the speakers for the Declaration

Pastor Agu Irukwu, Archbishop Justin Welby, William McDowell, Bishop John Francis, Becca Folkes, William McDowell, Ruth Valerio, Michael White, Angie Le Mar, Bishop Wayne Malcolm, Karen Gibson, Celia Apeagyei Collins, Sharlette Reid, Seth Pinnock

We prayed out in faith over our personal challenges and joined together to lift up world issues like global poverty and racial injustice. We were challenged, inspired, and strengthened to take on 2021.

If you weren’t able to make the event, or you’d like to rewatch and share with others, you can now watch all of the sessions online. We’ve also created our very own Declaration playlist on Spotify, with every live worship song from the event, so you can continue to join in praise and worship with us.

Live shows

Powerful times of prayer, worship and teaching, focused on different themes:

Church and community a powerful evening of prayer from Betty King International Ministries and Pete Greig, worship from Emmanuel Smith, and teaching from Bishop John Francis.

Men with worship from Nicky Brown, prayer with Rev Yemi Adedeji and Krish Kandiah, and a talk from Rev David Shosanya.

Women with worship from Becca Folkes, prayer with Yvonne Brooks and Sabine Nkusi, and a talk from Tearfund ambassador Reverend Celia Apeagyei-Collins.

Justice and Restoration including ‘Race, the church and moving forward’, a roundtable discussion with Archbishop of Canterbury, Karen Gibson, Agu Irukwu, Tearfund's Peacebuilding Programme Coordinator Mariam Tadros, and hosted by Seth Pinnock.

Youth with prayer led by Faith Child and Tearfund’s Lisa Adjei, and a roundtable discussion featuring J Vessel, Lian Jacobs and Michael White.

Wellbeing and healing featuring prayer from Peter Nembhard and William McDowell, and a talk from James Aladiran.

Business, the economy and the environment featuring prayer from Lord Hastings and Ruth Valerio, and a talk from Bishop Wayne Malcolm.

Prayer sessions

Intercession led by church leaders across the UK:

Praying for men led by Pastor Bruce Dyer and Pastor Leke Sansui.

Praying for women led by Susan Graham.

Praying for Justice and Restoration with Pastor Chichi Bismark.

Praying for business, the economy and the environment with Pastor Johnathan and  Abbiih Oloyede.

Praying for youth with Youth Pastors Roshad Gibbons and Naomi Sterling

Praying for wellbeing and healing with Pastor Bryan Scott and Minister Leone Martin.

Theology Workshops

Thought-provoking theology sessions for church leaders and workers. Dive deep into issues that impact our world and discover how you can further join in with God's plan.

Sessions include: the church and community, men, women and youth, justice, restoration, business and economics.

*Please note the workshops featured here were hosted by Tearfund but views expressed within it are participant's own. Further details of Tearfund's beliefs can be found in our Statement of Faith.

After Parties

Our fun-filled evening interviews for youth with speakers and worship leaders from the live shows.

Spotify Playlist

Listen back to the Spirit-filled worship sets from all of the Declaration 2021 live shows.

The Awakened church

Be part of a move of God by supporting a community self-help group in Africa. 

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Difference is a 5-session course created as part of Archbishop Justin Welby’s reconciliation ministry. It explores what it means to follow Jesus in a divided, hurting and conflicted world and see transformation through everyday encounters. Find out more.

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Declaration: one powerful week of prayer

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