Parish Prayer Walk  14th March 2016   11.30

exterior of the churchWhat is a Prayer Walk?
Prayer Walking is simply praying in the very places we expect God to bring his answers. It is asking God to give “insight onsite!”  As we  pray, we may find that God opens our eyes and prepares our heart to see the parish from his perspective. 

Why are we doing a Walk?
As we are renewing our Mission Action Plan, it is good to walk the parish boundaries together to dicover what God is already doing in the parish and how God might like us to join in. With our eyes, hearts and minds open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit we will discover new things about ourselves and our parish. 

What parts of the Parish are we going to walk?
Normally on Parish Prayer Walks you walk the boundaries of the parish.  In fact it’s an ancient tradition that goes back to the  5th Century in this country and is known as ‘beating the bounds’. A group of old and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish, usually led by the parish priest and church officials, to share the knowledge of where they lay, and to pray for protection and blessings for the land and all who lived there.  

How long will it take?
At this moment I’m not sure how long it will take, but Debbie and I are planning to undertake the walk on Monday so I will be able to let you know the route and length of time it will take by next Sunday.  I thought we might stop at three points and pray quietly whatever God puts in our hearts. I am happy to offer soup and a roll at the vicarage afterwards so we can share our experiences. 

                                With every blessing
                                                           Mthr. Bernadette