Following our Bible month on prayer, a number of courses and events are being offered in our circuit. One of the most beautiful and moving was the series of prayer stations, set up by Carol Hall at St Ives Methodist Church (SIMC) on Saturday 29th February 2020.
In a quiet space, with gentle but uplifting music playing in the background and in an unrushed manner, over 20 of us read, reflected and prayed at Carol's prayer stations.
The stations took us on a journey from the beginning at Table 1 to the finish of the journey and beyond at Table 4. The activities supported by plenty of texts from the Bible.
The start of the journey involved us in a variety of activities, like a finger labyrinth and the invitation to take a footprint or a blade of grass and place it in the sand. At Table 1 there was a card of Scripture to take away if those who attended wished. The opportunity to take a heart and place it on the tree was also made available on Table 2 where we reflected on the blessings God gives us: people and situations to be thankful for and people to pray for. Colourful crosses with sections were provided for us to take away and write the names of those we wish to remember in prayer.
Stepping stones led us symbolically to a place of deeper reflection where we were drawn to reflect on the grace and hope we have on our journey as we coloured in cards. The final table, with the book for comments also had a book of verse, reflection, which brought our thoughts to seeing God at the centre of our journey and a prayer giving thanks to God for always being there with us. We were not asking him for anything but just saying thank you to him. The path ahead can be stone-filled and challenging but we will reach our destination, if we carry on. In the centre of the room, a prayer-tree stood tall. Here leaves were provided for us to write prayers on.
What do you need when journeying? Nourishment, of course, and members of SIMC's catering team were on hand to make you a hot drink and to cut you a piece of cake.
Some who attended felt the prayer stations were so good that they wanted to keep them in the church at SIMC for the following morning for others to visit and so that they had the opportunity to revisit the stations.
Thank you to all involved and, especially, to Carol for such an inspiring day.
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