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Churches Together in Merseyside, Joint Statement Posted on Saturday 4 December 2021

 Churches Together in Merseyside

 A joint Statement from the Presidents of Churches Together in Merseyside in the wake of the death of Ava White on 25th November 2021

As Church leaders we lament the needless loss of this young life, and know that we speak for many within and beyond the Christian community of Merseyside, in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Ava’s shattered family. We are deeply saddened by this mindless act of violence, and know that words alone will never fully express the loss and the sorrow that they must now be feeling. In expressing our love and solidarity with those whose lives will be so shattered by this event, we renew our resolve to work with people of goodwill across our city region to promote peace, hope and an end to violence in every form across our communities. As the wickedness of a few inevitably dominates our thoughts in the days ahead, let us not forget the qualities of goodness and love that define the lives of so many in this noble city.

A prayer for Ava

A city acquainted with grief
Weeps once again for a young life
So mindlessly and needlessly cut short
And there are no words to describe our sorrow.

A moment of light and hope
Has instead been wrapped in darkness
And our hearts ache
For those who are shattered by this loss.

God of comfort and consolation, who is no stranger to grief and sorrow,
Hold us in our pain, our anger and our bewilderment
Help us surround this shattered family with our love,
And to somehow find hope amidst this darkness

As we lament this broken, hurting world
Where our children are too often overtaken by violence
Grant us the determination to seek better pathways
So that healing and hope may yet be known

Rt Revd. Paul Bayes – Bishop of Liverpool

Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP – Archbishop of Liverpool

Revd. Phil Jump – Chair, Churches Together in Merseyside and Regional Minister, North Western Baptist Association

Revd. Dr Sheryl Anderson –Chair, Liverpool Methodist District

Revd. Geoff Felton – Moderator, Mersey Synod, The United Reformed Church

Major David Taylor – District Commander, Salvation Army North West Division

Rt Rev Tom Williams – Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool

Rt Revd. Julie Conalty – Bishop of Birkenhead

Rt Rev Tom Neylon – Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool

Rt Revd Beverley A Mason, Bishop of Warrington

The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Canon Tony O’Brien, Dean of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral