Churches supporting residents following ‘miracle’ Sheppey Crossing accident

Churches across the Isle of Sheppey are supporting local people following the 130 vehicle crash which took place on the Sheppey crossing on Thursday morning.

All six churches on the island will be offering special prayers at services on Sunday for those injured and affected by the crash.

Shortly after the accident on Thursday, a prayer meeting was held at Minster Abbey and ministers have been on hand in local hospitals and in every church for people who wish talk about the accident and to pray.

Vicar of Minster‐in‐Sheppey, the Revd Tim Hall, commented: “It was a miracle that no‐one was killed and the serious injuries were restricted to just eight. God’s hand was evident in this disaster, keeping people alive where it looked like there was no hope.”

The Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the crash. We thank God for the speedy and coordinated response of the emergency services whose swift actions helped mitigate this disaster.”

Mr Hall said that all churches on the island are open every day. He added: “Several months ago the Sheppey crossing was identified for prayer. We regularly ask for God’s blessing on the island and for those coming over the bridge. We also pray for the six double decker buses that take school children on and off the island each day.”

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Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Diocesan Director of Communications: 07876 210446

The Reverend Tim Hall, Vicar of Minster in Sheppey: 01795 877734

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