Cornish church leaders have called for a day of prayer on October 31, to mark the day that the UK is due to withdraw from the EU.

Announcing the initiative on Donna Birrell’s Sunday morning faith show on BBC Radio Cornwall, chair of the Cornwall Methodist District, Revd Steve Wild, said: “We hope that all the churches will be open for prayers that day, and will be inviting members of the public to come in and pray for our nation.

“Prayers make a difference”

“We can talk to God anywhere, of course, but we wanted to make a statement that our country is in such a state but our prayers, I believe, can make a difference.”

The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, said: “I am very much on board with this. I do think we as the church need to open our doors to people – of course at all times, but particularly at the moment – and give people  a chance to come in and give them a point of connection with both God and with one another.

“Divided society”

“Sadly, we live in a very divided society at the moment, and that’s not good news for anyone.

“We have to do some hard work in this country and beyond, breaking down the walls that divide us.”