"To ease, through prayer, the burden of cancer on individuals, their loved ones and the community and to pray that the day will come quickly when all cancers can be prevented or cured."

The Service

The Service

The service is ecumenical.

Representatives of all denominations lead the congregation in hymns and prayers.

In Liverpool, children have figured prominently with singing, dancing and reading of Bidding Prayers.

A short address is given by an invited speaker, a poem is read and music provided by the Cathedral choirs and/or invited adult and children's choirs.

The most moving part of the service takes place when individual candles are lit by members of the congregation for someone with cancer or in memory of someone lost to cancer, during which the choir or solo singer provide an emotional accompaniment.

An organising committee with representatives of cancer charities and organisations in Merseyside was established to plan and prepare the annual service. We are always looking for willing enthusiasts to join us. Similar groups have been established in Manchester, based at the University chaplaincy, and in Chester where the local hospitals and hospices support the service.

Smaller services, tailored to local needs and facilities, have been held in parish churches in different parts of the UK and the Isle of Man. If requested, we provide help in ideas and materials such as our PFH Prayer Card. These services take different forms and may be large or small and held at other times of the year.

Messages of Hope

A message from:

"A Prayer Companion Through Cancer" by Kate Strickland.

A beautiful book of prayers for anyone coping with cancer.

Available on Amazon


Service Details

Services 2018

St Paul's Church, Cantley, Doncaster Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3pm

Cathedral Church of St Philip, Birmingham Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3pm

Chester Cathedral Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 3.30pm

St Bernadette's Church, Motherwell ML1 3PH Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7pm

St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley Sunday 8th July 2018 at 4pm

St Michael and St John's Church Clitheroe Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3pm

HMP Littlehey Huntington, Cambs PE28 0SR Thursday 4th October 2018

St Peter's Church, Lampeter Sunday 21st October 2018 at 2.30pm

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Sunday 28th October 2018 at 3pm

Renfield St Stephen's Church, Bath St, Glasgow Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7pm


Services 2019

Birmingham Sunday 22nd September

Lampeter Sunday 20th October 2019

Liverpool Sunday 27th October 2019



Further Information

Contact Us

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS
c/o Roy Castle Centre, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth St., Liverpool L3 9LQ
T: 0333 323 7200
Website: www.pauseforhope.org.uk

email: pauseforhope@gmail.com