Last Friday, 5 May 2017, saw Saltbox's biggest and best Civi Prayer Breakfast yet. Over 250 faith, business and city leaders plus social activists from all walks of life gathered together to 'pray for the welfare of the city'.
Special guests were Bishop Mike Royal of the Apostolic Pastoral Council and Cinnamon Network, spoke of the transofrmation of our creative and vibrant city enabled through supporting one another.
Deputy Council Leader Concillor Abi Brown spoke of the optimism across Stoke generated by the 2021 City of Culture bid, with prayers offered by Rev Andrew Wickens of Stoke Minster and Mo Trudel of Ministry at Work.
Martin Tideswell, editor of The Sentinel, spoke about civic pride and what it means to be from Stoke and #localandproud! Also for much needed regeneration of once key sites in the city such as the old Victoria Ground and Royal Doulton in Burslem.
Finally, Staffordshire Ecumenical Officeer and leader of City Vision Ministries, Robert Mountford, led the room in song and prayer, asking everybody to pray for 'those on their left and on their right' in a show of unity and love for one another.
If you'd like to see photos and videos from the day, head over to our Facebook page or find us at @SaltboxCentre.
You can also see Lloyd's thoughts on the event in today's (Monday 8 May) Personally Speaking article for The Sentinel.
Above - LLoyd Cooke and Bishop Mike Royal ready for the event to begin.