Religion and finance collided in Mansfield as a ‘Prayer walk for debt justice’ in Mansfield attracted dozens of people.
More than 36 concerned people joined the walk to encourage Mansfield mayor, Tony Egginton, to act on supporting the Nottingham Credit Union and Mansfield Citizens Advice Bureau.
Each person was marked, in ash, with the sign of the cross by the Rev Anne Davies, from Mansfield Baptist church, while the lintels of some of the controversial pay-day lenders in the town centre were also marked. The group used pavement chalk to write messages of hope and other prayers.
Keith Hebden, priest at St Mark’s and St Peter’s who attended the event, said: “It’s been encouraging to see people come out at short notice and offer such passionate prayers, it matters to the churches around here that people can turn to the credit unions, without which they’re left to the loan sharks and door step lenders; we must have an alternative to offer.”