At the first session of our series on prayer at the beginning of the year, the Vicar spoke on prayer as speech, silence and work. In the last session, James Butler said that prayer is not a strategy but being part of God's work, and that prayer has a rhythm. Each of these can apply to 'prayer walking.' You can do it on your own or in a pair. You don't stand with hand together and eyes closed! You just walk along asking God to show you what he wants you to see, eg. houses where people live, a school, a shop, a pub. You may stop and chat to someone, perhaps mentioning that you are praying for the local community. You can take turns in praying quietly as you go, or you can just pray inside.
One of tow people are already prayer walking in the village; a few will be going out on Tuesday 29th April, meeting outside St Jude's at 11am, for about an hour. Everyone is welcome!
Course on Prayer a Huge Success!
Between January and the beginning of Lent, St. Jude's ran a prayer course entitled Talking with God - The Basics of Prayer. Each week a different speaker was invited to talk on the evening's topic before the group broke into discussion groups. The course proved very successful with nearly 40 people attending. The topic and speakers were:
8/1/08 7.45-9.15pm What is prayer and why is it important? (Rev. Mark Ewbank - St. Jude’s United Church)
15/1/08 7.45-9.15pm Who is listening? (Father Vlad - Roman Catholic Chaplain to Royal Holloway)
22/1/08 7.45-9.15pm How do I pray? (Linda Ashford - Methodist Lay Pastor)
29/1/08 7.45-9.15pm Is prayer always answered? (Andy Gilmore - Canaan Bookshop, Staines)
5/2/08 7.45-9.15pm What does a Praying Church look like? (James Butler - East to West)
Each talk was recorded. If you would like to hear them, please log into the Members' area
Details are to follow on prayer groups after Easter.