Most of us are finding the current lockdown tough, with short days and rubbish weather it's been easy to forget that spring and Easter is just around the corner. With the daffodils starting to appear sending a message of hope we can begin to look forward to the true Hope of Easter during this upcoming season of preparation in Lent.

Lent is a time of reflection and sacrifice, this year please do something purposeful and personal for a cause that is important to you.

Whether you want to give something up and donate the money saved, you want to join us in fasting and praying for our work and the people we serve or simply set yourself a personal goal for the next 40 days and get sponsored by your friends and family. However if you need your daily snack of chocolate to get through Lockdown why not set a goal to save and donate for 40 days.

We always strive to be a positive and encouraging voice to those we help through hard times and we hope to be the same to you as our dedicated supporters who allow us to continue our life changing work with people experiencing homelessness. We hope and pray that you and your loved ones are doing well in these tough times.

Join us on a journey through lent praying daily for the work of Barnabus,  for the lives of the people we serve and for key issues in our city that affect those  who are experiencing Homelessness:

  1. Pray for our Beacon Support centre team that they would be able to engage with people who are rough sleeping in the city.
  2. The Breakfast project would continue to serve the immediate needs of our friends who are rough sleeping in the city centre.
  3. Today’s focus is the safety of our friends who are out on the streets in the most inhospitable conditions.
  4. The mental health of our friends is extremely fragile, pray especially for those struggling to adjust to being inside during lockdown.
  5. Our staff team have been badly affected by COVID - please pray for a full recovery and for protection over the team as they continue to minister to our friends.
  6. Our resettlement scheme has grown during the pandemic - pray for all those who are successfully house and for Aimee our resettlement worker who is working hard to support them to continue to be successful tenants.
  7. Our trustees give their time to support the charity. Please pray for them that they would know wisdom and peace as they help steer and guide us forward into the new financial year.
  8. Barnabus is at the heart of the Homelessness Partnership - pray for Yvonne our CEO and Neil our Partnership manager as they contribute and help lead on key issues around homelessness. Pray for good relationship between the charities and the local council for the benefit of our friends.
  9. Pray for our Case Workers as they seek to engage with our friends who we have housed - helping them to access further help and break the cycle of homelessness.
  10. Pray for financial provision - we give thanks for the way that god has miraculously provided for us in the last 12 months. We are aware that the next 12 months could be economically more difficult as the full effects of the pandemic play out. Pray for the resources we need to fulfil our mission.
  11. We have many partners whom we work closely with in the city but in particular please pray for those we work with on housing - Homes of Hope, Embassy, Manchester City Mission, Hope House and Riverside to name a few.
  12. We have some wonderful landlords who partner with us - pray that they would continue to be supportive and understanding of our work on resettlement and that the supply of houses would increase over the coming year.
  13. We believe in the Church as God’s answer to many of society’s issues including Homelessness. Please pray for those churches who are partnering with us and those who we hope will join with us this year. Providing, support in prayer, volunteers, finance and partnership with our resettlement programme.
  14. Pray a blessing over our city leaders in particular Sir Richard Lease at Manchester City Council and Andy Burnham our Metro Mayor.
  15. Pray for our Beacon Support centre team that they would be able to engage with people who are rough sleeping in the city.
  16. Pray for Manchester City Council’s Homelessness department - facing huge pressures, financial budget cuts and staffing issues. Pray that this service will be better able to help the people we serve in their time of crisis.
  17. Manchester desperately needs housing and accommodation so we can move people out of temporary emergency beds and into long term housing solutions. We need homes not hostels. Pray for a release of property, resources and funding to see affordable and social housing built again in our city.
  18. Lift up our Government and its response to homelessness, pray for compassion, understanding and long term thinking. We need a housing revolution to help address the issues our friends face. Pray for change.
  19. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our friends, that they would begin to meet Jesus on the streets, in the Beacon, in the temporary accommodation and hostels or even in their own homes. 
  20. Pray for financial provision - we give thanks for the way that god has miraculously provided for us in the last 12 months. We are aware that the next 12 months could be economically more difficult as the full effects of the pandemic play out. Pray for the resources we need to fulfil our mission.
  21. Today we want to give thanks for our volunteers and their invaluable support. Pray for them as they serve, that they would be protected, that they would be inspired to continue to help and for new volunteers to come and join us as we seek to serve the most vulnerable in our city.
  22. Pray for our Dwell project that seeks to resource all of Barnabus Christian Ministry, pray for outreach opportunities in the city centre, in the hotels and at the Beacon. That we would be able to safely re launch our God Slot service and Alpha course.
  23. Pray for the accommodation available around the city for our friends, for opportunities to move people onto more long term solutions and for the system to be freed up. 
  24. Today’s focus is the safety of our friends who are out on the streets in the most inhospitable conditions.
  25. Pray for our Case Workers as they seek to engage with our friends who we have housed - helping them to access further help and break the cycle of homelessness.
  26. Pray for Manchester City Council’s Homelessness department - facing huge pressures, financial budget cuts and staffing issues. Pray that this service will be better able to help the people we serve in their time of crisis.
  27. Lift up our Dwell project Leader Enyo as she seeks to build the opportunities to share the Gospel with our friends. Pray for resources that will help her do this, in particular for the technology our friends need to access online help and resources.
  28. Our resettlement scheme has grown during the pandemic - pray for all those who are successfully house and for Aimee our resettlement worker who is working hard to support them to continue to be successful tenants.
  29. We believe in the Church as God’s answer to many of society’s issues including Homelessness. Please pray for those churches who are partnering with us and those who we hope will join with us this year. Providing, support in prayer, volunteers, finance and partnership with our resettlement programme.
  30. Pray for financial provision - we give thanks for the way that god has miraculously provided for us in the last 12 months. We are aware that the next 12 months could be economically more difficult as the full effects of the pandemic play out. Pray for the resources we need to fulfil our mission.
  31.  Lift up our Government and its response to homelessness, pray for compassion, understanding and long term thinking. We need a housing revolution to help address the issues our friends face. Pray for change.
  32. The mental health of our friends is extremely fragile, pray especially for those struggling to adjust to being inside during lockdown.
  33. Manchester desperately needs housing and accommodation so we can move people out of temporary emergency beds and into long term housing solutions. We need homes not hostels. Pray for a release of property, resources and funding to see affordable and social housing built again in our city.
  34. We have many partners whom we work closely with in the city but in particular please pray for those we work with on housing - Homes of Hope, Embassy, Manchester City Mission, Hope House and Riverside to name a few.
  35. Pray a blessing over our city leaders in particular Sir Richard Lease at Manchester City Council and Andy Burnham our Metro Mayor.
  36. Pray for our Beacon Support centre team that they would be able to engage with people who are rough sleeping in the city.
  37. Today we want to give thanks for our volunteers and their invaluable support. Pray for them as they serve, that they would be protected, that they would be inspired to continue to help and for new volunteers to come and join us as we seek to serve the most vulnerable in our city.
  38. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our friends, that they would begin to meet Jesus on the streets, in the Beacon, in the temporary accommodation and hostels or even in their own homes.
  39. Pray for our Dwell project that seeks to resource all of Barnabus Christian Ministry, pray for outreach opportunities in the city centre, in the hotels and at the Beacon. That we would be able to safely re launch our God Slot service and Alpha course.
  40. As we approach Easter, let's pray for the reality and hope of the resurrected Jesus to touch the hearts and minds of our friends. Pray that there will be an outbreak of hope amongst those we serve in our city.

Download a copy of our 40 Prayer points of lent here