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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! 

Psalm 105: 1-3



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