Passers-by, visitors and locals in Fulford, York, have been given a vote to guide how prayers will be focused on local issues at St Oswald's Parish Church.

Members of the public are invited into a 'Polling Station' from 8.00am to 6.00pm each day this week at the church gate, with a genuine voting booth loaned by City of York Council, to make their mark on a ballot paper listing seven areas of concern; Loneliness, Teenagers, Road Safety, Church & Community side by side, Isolation, Connections within Community and Poverty.

'Voters' are asked to identify three subjects of greatest concern to them.

Vicar of Fulford the Revd Terence McDonough said, "These are concerns identified following on from a community survey commissioned by the church.

"We offer voters a prayer leaflet to take away with them."

The voting slips are being used in the church's evening prayers at the end of each day during the 'Thy Kingdom Come' international wave of prayer from the Feast of the Ascension (10 May) to the Feast of Pentecost (20 May) this year.

The results will be published on the church noticeboard and will help to set the agenda in future meetings with other local stakeholders.