As the hunt continues in Turkey for the gunman who killed and injured many on New Year's Eve Bishop Robert says "I was deeply shocked by the callous attack on the nightclub in Istanbul. What an appalling way to begin the New Year. Our thoughts and prayers are with the many victims of this attack, their families, and medical services tending the injured.
"I am aware that this attack causes worry and anxiety throughout the city and beyond - which is exactly what the perpetrators intend. I hope that members of our communities will know the prayerful support and concern of the wider diocese.
"I hope the gunman who carried out this attack will be swiftly found by the Istanbul authorities and for effective international action to deal with the evil ideology lying behind this and similar outrages."
Earlier, Bishop David sent a message with an assurance of prayers and sympathies to our congregations in Istanbul.
He writes; “I send the assurance of earnest prayer for your city and her people which has been hit by yet another bloody terrorist attack. May God receive those who have died into his loving arms and comfort and strengthen all who are injured and those who mourn.
“There will be so many who are now more fearful than ever which is one of the goals of terrorists, so your sisters and brothers around the diocese pray that you may find solace in the secure and certain hope of God's care and love.
“We pray for the authorities and for all who work for justice and peace. But most of all that God's peace may reign in your city and land, and in all our hearts.”
Bishop David speaks for us all and out prayers are encouraged for God’s fearful people in these violent times.
Rev Engin Yildirim from the Church of the Resurrection in Istanbul responded on Sunday evening "Thank you for your email and prayers! We as congregation are all well. We had our service today, and prayed also for the victims of this evil attack."