Christians against cuts plan worship service at Barclays in London

By staff writers
25 Mar 2011

Christians opposing the government's massive public spending cuts will be holding an ecumenical service in Barclays Bank in Central London as part of a day of protest on 26 March 2011.

The action will take place at the bank in Tottenham Court Road. "Be in the store at 2pm and when you hear 'O Come All Ye Faithful', join the service," the organisers say.

Christians Against Cuts say it is vital that people of faith show their concern and opposition to policies which will especially hit the poor and vulnerable.

The group declares: "The British taxpayer bailed-out the banks with £1 trillion of public money and they haven’t paid us back. So now we are bailing-in and transforming this Barclays into a church.

"Churches play a vital role in supporting thousands of communities across the country, and we want to show the millionaires in cabinet that we know what their cuts are doing to our communities and they should be making the banks pay, not our communities and congregations."

They add: "Barclays was founded by Christians – Quakers, to be precise. It's early success was at least in part due to the reputation the Quakers had as fair and honest people. But just last month, Barclays paid £3.5 billion in bonuses, with average pay per employee in the investment banking division rising to £236,000 – that's ten times the UK's average salary.

"It was this greed, and the recklessness of the banks, that caused the economic crisis. Yet the government are making ordinary people pay the price. David Cameron himself has said that the cuts will change Britain's "whole way of life". We call on the bankers and the government to act fairly and honestly to ensure that the banks that caused this crisis pay.

"This will be an ecumenical service, and we will be praying in solidarity with those affected by the cuts and for the banks and government to listen to Jesus's message of justice. The liturgy for the service will include a sermon, Bible readings, silent reflection and a closing litany," says Christians Against the Cuts - which is allied with the UK Uncut direct action movement.

* The service takes place at Barclays Bank, 16-17 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 1BH at 2pm, Saturday 26 March.

* To be in contact, email christiansagainstcutsATgmailDOTcom

* UK Uncut: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/

* Common Wealth: Christians for economic and social justice - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/CommonWealthStatement

* March for the Alternative - http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/

* Coalition of Resistance - http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/

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