Alpha at SS Alban & Stephen Catholic Church in St Albans
Churches Together in
St Albans Autumn Prayer Walk 2013.
On Sunday 15th September over twenty people from across St Albans churches
braved the inclement weather forecast and assembled at SS Alban and Stephen
church for the annual Autumn Prayer Walk. This year's walk focussed
on praying for the people and churches of St Albans. Empowered by opening
prayers led by Father Tom, and armed with quiz sheets,
the blustery wind sped us on our way to Trinity URC, where we
joined Jill Knight in The Lord's Prayer. At Marlborough
Methodist Church, we heard a reading from St Paul's letter to Timothy
and took the opportunity to welcome Rev. Rosemary in her new ministry. Pausing
for prayers for the judiciary and council leaders outside the Law Courts
on the way, we journeyed to the Garden of Hope at St Peter's Church. We were
greeted with a reading from St Paul's letter to the Ephesians, and
prayers and song by Sally Martin and Godfrey Lloyd. Our ambling
around the churchyard and church in search of clues for the quiz drew
to a close with prayers led by Rev. Ros, and we were on our way again!
St Alban's Heritage Weekend meant that we could visit the beautiful
mosaic Baptistry at Dagnall Street Church, and we prayed there
for its community. Stopping at Spicer St Church to hear
a reading from the Psalms, we made our way down Fishpool Street.
Our arrival at St Michael's was met with a warm welcome from Rev. Melanie
with tea and homemade cakes provided by the parish hospitality team at the
Parish Centre. St Michael's Church with its medieval wonders also used modern
technology to provide a glimpse of parish events during the year. Rev. Melanie
closed our visit with prayers for the congregation and for the people
of St Albans and a reading from St Paul's letter to the Thessalonians.
We commenced our final leg to the Abbey through
Verulamium Park and clustered around the Shrine of Saint Alban for
our closing prayers joined by Canon Kevin. Evensong Service in the
Abbey provided a beautiful contemplative end to a most enjoyable day. The
camaraderie of the walkers drawn from eight church congregations across
our city reflected our unity in Christ and was a truly uplifting experience.
The quiz was won by Martina Doolan, and Maureen and Stan Grabecki -
well done! ....and well done to the weather!
Give thanks to
the Lord, proclaim his greatness; tell the nations what he has done. Be glad that we belong to him; let all who worship him rejoice!