Prayer Walk Churches Together in St Albans: Prayer Walk 2017.
Over twenty people
from across St Albans churches assembled at SS Alban and Stephen for the
annual Autumn Prayer Walk on Heritage Weekend Sunday, September 10th.
Led by Father Tom, with prayers at our church followed by blessings
at Trinity URC, we embarked on the short walk up Victoria Street to
Marlborough Road Methodist Church. Welcomed into the handsomely refurbished
church, we listened to a short history of the church followed by prayers for
the City and our group.
Our next stop was the Salvation Army Hall which was a welcome addition to
this year’s itinerary. Keeping to schedule and declining the very tempting
offer of tea and biscuits, we pressed on. Pausing for prayers for the judiciary
and council leaders outside the Law Courts, we journeyed on
At St Peter's Church, we were warmly greeted as usual and, after prayers
from Canon Mark, we had time to look at the beautiful windows and other interesting
features of this fine church.
Another warm welcome awaited us at Dagnall Street Baptist Church from the
recently arrived Minister, Revd Johnny. St Alban's Heritage Weekend
meant that we could visit the beautiful mosaic Baptistry and we prayed there
for its community and the people of St Albans.
Stopping briefly at Spicer St Church and Centre 33 to read from the
Psalms, we made our way down Fishpool Street to St Michael’s Village
just as light rain began to fall.
Our arrival at St Michael's Church was met with the usual generous welcome
from Revd Kenneth and some parishioners. This beautiful late 10th /
early 11th century church is one of the gems of St Albans and we were able
to view a hidden floor brass of a 13th century knight. Revd Kenneth
closed our visit with prayers for the congregation and for the people of St
Albans and we retired for tea and homemade cakes provided by the parish hospitality
team at the Parish Centre.
Slightly fewer in numbers, as the rain persisted, we commenced our final
leg to the Abbey through Verulamium Park. Clustering around the Shrine of
St Alban for our closing prayers led by the Sub Dean, Canon Richard. The camaraderie
of the walkers and those who greeted us, drawn from eight church congregations
across our city, reflected our unity in Christ and, as always, proved a truly