On Ash Wednesday 2009, Bishop John Inge collected prayers outside the job centre in Redditch, hoping to help those who had been most badly affected by the economic downturn.
"People often ask me to ‘say one for them'. So many people have been affected by the financial crisis and I want to let them know that their local church is there to offer support and prayers."
Originally called 'Say One for Me', in 2010 it became a national initiative, with people across the country stepping out in public to collect prayers.
Now, The Church of England also has a website, www.prayoneforme.org, where anyone can post their prayer requests and know that they will be prayed.
Pray One for Me is supported by church groups and prayer communities across the Church of England who pray the prayers posted there.
Ash Wednesday is a date in the Christian calendar when the focus of attention is on being sorry for the wrong things we have done. It's a day to cleanse the soul as the Lent fast begins. Many churches have Ash Wednesday services at which worshippers are marked with ashes as a symbol of death and sorrow for sin.