Praying for the day when all cancers can be prevented or cured
Prayer is All Powerful
Our aim is to bring together in prayer:
those who have or have had cancer and,
their loved ones and,
those who care for them
doctors and nurses
those with special skills involved in the investigation and treatment of cancer,
those in authority who have responsibility for providing resources
our scientists trying to find the cure.
Pause for Hope services are:
Open. Everyone is welcome and our services are free. There is no need for a ticket and attendees can be of any faith, or none at all.
Ecumenical. Representatives of all denominations lead the congregation in hymns and prayers.
Informative. A short address is given by an invited speaker and a poem is read.
Musical. A selection of music is played and choirs take part. Hymns are sung.
Reflective. Individual candles are lit by members of the congregation for someone with cancer or in memory of someone lost to cancer.
Hopeful. We pray for the day to quickly come when all cancers can be prevented or cured.
Pray that the day will quickly come when all cancers can be prevented or cured
Bring together in prayer those affected by all forms of cancer, their loved ones and carers
Remember dear ones lost to cancer
Pray for those with responsibility for providing and allocating resources required in the investigation, treatment and care of patients with cancer
Help those affected to understand the Christian value of suffering and that the prayers of the sick and those who look after them have great power with God
Help those who don't have cancer but have a great fear of the disease
Reach out to those who are at home or in hospital as patients or carers and unable to attend the Pause for Hope services
Who We Are & What We Do
The initiative came from retired thoracic surgeon Professor Ray Donnelly, MBE FRCS, Founder and President of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. He was supported by Bro Ken Vance SJ and other cancer charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Lily Centre, Alder Hey, The Linda McCartney Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support, Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Trust, The North West Cancer Research Fund, Sunflowers and Woodlands Hospice.
The ecumenical service was first held in 1999 and since then services have been held annually in Liverpool, in either the Anglican or Roman Catholic Cathedral. Representatives of the Salvation Army and other free churches on Merseyside have taken part in all the services.
The service has proved to be very popular and and is attended by many of the civic dignitaries. In 2009 Pause for Hope began a partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside, resulting in even greater community involvement, further increased in 2010 by a new partnership with the Liverpool Echo.
Annual services are now held in various locations including Lampeter, Chester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Belfast.
Please get in touch with Pause For Hope to discover more about our work, how you can be involved or how to donate. We thank you for your support.
c/o Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9LQ
0333 323 7200