Would you consider joining others throughout 2023 for a special pilot prayer community we’re starting in our diocese?
In 2023, we’re piloting a year-long prayer community, inviting 15 to 20 people to journey together to discover the varied landscapes of prayer. We are only too aware of how busy people’s lives are, and of the tendency for prayer to feel like an obligation or a burden. The aim of ‘Wonder’ is to form a little community, lasting just a year, and to discover together not the weight of prayer but the wonder of prayer – the incalculable privilege and joy of communion with the presence of God.
‘Wonder’ has 3 focuses:
- Praying together – tasting wonder as we encounter the presence of God
- Learning together – making space for wondering and curiosity as we explore different types of prayer
- Journeying together: wandering through a year of life together, sharing our stories and keeping each other company in prayer.
It will consist of 10 x 3-hour sessions, held on Saturday mornings throughout 2023 - one session each month (except August and December). We will meet in various locations around the diocese and it will be free of charge. Participants will be asked to commit to attending all sessions, if at all possible, and there will be ways to stay connected with one another in between the sessions.
When we get together, we will hear teaching from different voices on different types of prayer and have the opportunity to try things out. The emphasis will be on praying together more than listening to a talk.
If you’d like to request a place on the ‘Wonder’ journey or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Prayer Network Coordinator Lyndall Bywater.
‘Wonder’ - the Outline
(All dates are Saturdays, and timing will be 9:30am-12:30pm)
|14th January 2023||
Epiphany – The wonder of meeting Jesus
Talk: Helps and hindrances to prayer; Activity: Stilling and focusing exercises and Examen
Epiphany/Lent – Awe and wonder
Talk: Using images and symbols in prayer to help us connect with the God we cannot see; Activity: Praying with art
Lent – Wandering and wondering
Talk: Prayer, doubt, uncertainty and questioning; Activity: Silence and stillness
Easter – Filled with Wonder
Talk: Prayer, worship and thanksgiving; Activity: using our own creativity in prayer
Easter– The wonder of intercession
Talk: Bringing the needs of others to God in prayer; Activity: Writing prayers
Pentecost – Signs and wonders
Talk: Prayer and the Holy Spirit; Activity: Prayer using everyday objects
The wonder of the Word
Talk: Prayer and the Bible; Activity: Lectio Divina and dwelling in the Word
Season of Creation – What a wonderful world
Talk: Prayer and creation/nature; Activity: Prayer walking
Luke Tide: Wonderful Counsellor
Talk: Praying where there is pain; Activity: Praying with music
All Saints – Wonder-full wanderers
Talk: The art of blessing; Activity: Forming blessing prayers