Circuit Prayer Safari- during Holy Week
This took place through Wednesday 13th April 2022, when Deacon Linda Brown arrived on my doorstep at 7.30am and we loaded the car for a day of travelling with God, to all the churches in the Circuit- starting in Prestatyn an hour later.
"Travel with us throughout the day
Join us in a particular church
Pray & Reflect in silence
Creative prayer stations available
Be still.....in the presence of God"
The invitation was open to all- anywhere and everywhere during the day- we didn't know who we would meet, whether anybody would come along and journey with us into places and parts of the Circuit that may be foreign to them. Trepidation, anticipation, hope and faith- and the Circuit candle, offering the light of Christ present in each place- accompanied us; along with four creative prayer stations, which were set up at each church for folk to engage with during the hour we stopped in that place.
"Prayer is a cry in the dark, a child's longing for home, and a hallowed soul's seeking of fulfilment" – these words sat alongside pipe-cleaners for modelling, bending, twisting and forcing into a different shape: bringing the image and struggles of prayer before our eyes, into the open.
Chocolate coins and pot piggy banks were placed alongside Scripture pertinent to finance, giving and stewardship: private, personal and pertinent for everyone to sit and listen to whispers and echoes from God at this time.
Colour was brought to prayer through contemplative creative sheets describing and illustrating biblical verses: "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord"; (Job 1:21b). Many spent time with colouring pencils, given permission to create and pray.
Consider the words of the Lord's Prayer: familiar, unnoticed, etched in our minds- held separately on pebbles, held in hands in the presence of God. Hallowed, Earth, Bread, Us, Trespasses.....where did that take you? What did it mean? Insightful, inspiring and challenging.
God blessed us with wonderful weather throughout the day- we picnicked in private, reflecting as we journeyed and were blessed with the most beautiful sunset at the close of the day as we drove to our last port of call in Conwy. I'm sure there will be another day when this will happen: why not take that risk, accept the truth that:
"Prayer is a shared longing, a whispered dream, and an open conversation"
May God Bless you
Rev Janet Park 18th April 2022
"Thank you so much for this morning's prayer safari at Rhuddlan. It was a peaceful, reflective time .... "
"Thank you both very much indeed for all the work you did towards yesterday's prayer safari".
"..... I just want to tell you what it meant to me. It enabled me to properly enter into Holy Week again after three hectic, if wonderful, days."
"Each prayer station spoke to me personally..."
"The station with the chocolate coins. What a good job I had not given up chocolate for Easter ..."
"It really challenged me to reflect on the resources that God has placed at my disposal....
"I will keep returning to the theme of what it really means to be holy. .."
"....taking that sort of activity seriously can help us to see things in new ways and be a life-changer..."
..."Praying in colour. I prayed in colour with Job 1: 21 – the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. .."
"I would like to thank you for the Prayer Safari hour I shared in at St John's, Llandudno last night. It was good to have some quality time to just relax in God's presence, aided by the creative activities you had organised.......As I walked home I felt so blessed, surrounded by God's love and peace following the time we had spent together...."
"Thank you both for all the time and effort you put in organising this event...."
"Thanks again for all your hard work. I'm sure it was much appreciated by those of us who attended..."