The service on Sunday at the Triangle was an 'All Style' service. Whereby part of the congregation went on a prayer walk around the lodge, some went into the meeting rooms to do some craft activities and the remaining congregation stayed in the church for a traditional service.
The theme was Prayer. Whilst on their walk around the Lodge, the group collected some branches in order to create a Prayer Tree and hung on it leaves that were cut out of green card with names or situations needing prayer.
The creative group created decorated hands - again with the theme of prayer. The service in the church was lead by Hilary who gave an introduction to prayer - 'prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God'. The sermon focused on two aspects of prayer (Luke 11 v 1-13) 'Ask, seek and knock' - God gives opportunities, you only have to ask. God always gives us what we need, what concerns you concerns God.
The second aspect was based upon Abraham's plea for the righteous in Sodom (Gen 18 v 20-32) - the 'Pester power of prayer'. She used the abbreviation PUSH (pray until something happens) to illustrate that we need to recognise the need for persistence and determination. Near towards the end, the groups all came back together in the church to hang the leaves on the Prayer Tree and sing a closing hymn/song together. Tea and coffee was available after the service along with Frederick's Ice-cream as an added incentive!!
All-in-all it was a great service, everyone I talked to afterward said that they enjoyed the service. Hope we do it again sometime.
Kindly provided by Glen Atkinson
About 20 of us went out on a walk around the Lodge, we all prayed before setting off in the car park.
We had a paper leaf in which we could write a prayer on for the prayer tree and a sheet of paper with the alphabet on so you could write down things to pray about beginning with that letter. It was so good to be out admiring God's creation.
We also collected branches to make a prayer tree. ( It was amazing how many branches we found, most fairly large) Half way round we all gathered together and shared what was on our list and prayer leaf.
We then prayed together before continuing around. When we got back to church the branches were then used for a prayer tree.
It was great to have so many go on not a brilliant day weather wise (but it did not really rain except for a minute), and have all different ages as well.
Kindly written by Mandy Atkinson.