A group is to hold a prayer service in the council headquarters in Ballymena this week to pray for local and national decision-makers.
This comes at a time of heightened tensions in the town regarding immigration and, on a national level, disagreements over Brexit.
The ‘Ballymena House of Prayer’ group says the service will take place in the Studio Theatre in ‘The Braid Ballymena Town Hall’ on Friday.
In a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’ the group said: “God knows our town and Borough and politicians need all the prayer they can get at this time.
“We want to pray for all those elected and charged with the responsibility of leading and administering our Borough.
“The theme of the service is ‘A Heart Cry for Mercy for the Land’. We will be asking God to have mercy on us and help us as individuals, communities and nation, to bring healing and restoration to broken lives and communities in our town, borough and land.”
The group is inviting members of the public to attend the prayer service which is due to last from 12.45pm-1.30pm on Friday.
The group’s statement added: “The prayers will be structured but informal, and will include worship, Bible readings, guided prayers and a time for open prayer for the work of the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, in particular all councillors, the senior management team, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. All are welcome.”
‘Ballymena House of Prayer’ is an inter-church prayer group which started in 2010 and it involves people from a number of different churches.
They have held prayer meetings in 19 different churches in the Ballymena area and also in schools, vacant shops and even Ballymena Police Station.
Recently the group said they “love Ballymena” and want the area to prosper and for the “community to be cohesive and free of violence”.
Regarding the Town Hall service, the group said: “We believe God is interested in politics and wants good governance in place”.