24/7 are celebrating 17 years since a group of young people gathered in Chichester to try and get a little better at praying – and inadvertently launched the very first 24-7 prayer room.
They’ve written a great blog sharing 17 achievements from the past 17 years, here’s a few highlights:
1. PRAYER SPACES IN SCHOOLS
Over 500,000 children have accessed a prayer space in a school, enabling them to experience prayer and learn more about what it is.
3. THOUSANDS MORE PRAYER ROOMS…
Since that first prayer room, others have taken place in locations across the globe – from the Houses of Parliament in London to underground churches in Asia. And across the nations of Ireland and Switzerland, there has been a whole year of unbroken prayer.
6. A WHOLE ARCHIVE OF PODCASTS
Our Christmas and Lent devotionals get downloaded 1.5 million times a year and are watched all over the world, reaching number 1 on the iTunes video podcast chart multiple times.
7. PRAYER ACROSS NATIONS
24-7 prayer has taken place in over half the nations of Earth and has become a cross-denominational movement with Anglicans to Pentecostals to Baptists to Roman Catholics joining to pray 24-7.
8. OUR YOUTH PRAYER COURSE
Origins, our Youth Prayer Course for 11-18s has been used across the UK and has already reached America and Australia…
10. WHY PRAY?
Our short snappy video explaining prayer has been viewed over 100,000 times online – and in countless churches, youth groups and conference around the world.
11. A VIRAL VISION POEM
Words scribbled onto the wall of the first prayer room went viral across the world, and now a brand new film is going to be released to celebrate this monumental poem.
12. THY KINGDOM COME
Last year we gathered to pray and to worship in 5 cathedrals across the UK simultaneously in one of the biggest Anglican prayer events in England. And plans for next year are well under way…
16. MISSION TEAMS
As well as long term 24-7 Prayer communities serving in all kinds of places from Ibiza to Cape Town, we’ve also sent short-term teams to Turkey, Macedonia, Spain, France and Greece to serve pray, and encourage.