Dec. 18: Manchester bell-ringing during Prayer Vigils for Immigrant Justice

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 9:00am

Let Freedom Ring

The NH Council of Churches is a part of the Immigrant Solidarity Network, who hold regular Prayer Vigils for Immigrant Justice at the Norris Cotton Federal Building on Chestnut Street. We hold these prayer vigils whenever we know of people who are making check-ins at ICE, which is a stressful time for many families.

Would you be willing to ring your church bells for 5 minutes during the Prayer Vigil on Tuesday, December 18? Traditionally, the ringing of church bells calls Christians to prayer. We hope that you can be a part of ringing a call to prayer to be heard throughout the city!

So far, we know of these Manchester churches participating:
  1. Grace Episcopal Church, Lowell Street
  2. St. Andrews Episcopal Church, N. Main Street
  3. St. Anne-St. Augustine Parish, Beech Street
  4. Transfiguration Parish, Alsace Street
  5. Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, Union Street

Other participants include:

  1. South Congregational Church, Pleasant Street, Concord
  2. Meriden Congregational Church
  3. First Church Congregational UCC, Nashua
  4. Valley Insight Meditation Society
  5. Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elm Street, Manchester

We do know of one particular person making a check-in that day. Because of serious family medical concerns, his detention or deportation would harm their family greatly. We hope that you might help call the city to prayer for this family and the others making their check-ins that day.

Council supporter Ron Rene writes, “Can we ring the bells of the churches of Manchester, NH (and as far and wide as we can) on December 18, 2018 at 9am to call attention to the plight of refugees? Please encourage the People of God to pray and work for comprehensive immigration reform and freedom in our days and the weeks ahead. Let us be a kinder, gentler nation. Thanks. The Lord grant us peace!”

If your church has bells and you are willing to ring them, please email Ron Rene and let him know!