The Canterbury Pilgrim Prayer Pack
…A new resource to support and encourage different ways of praying…
The Canterbury Pilgrim Prayer Pack is a new resource to support and encourage different ways of praying. The resource is friendly and flexible and offers a selection of ways of praying that people have found helpful in deepening their conversations and relationship with God.
How it works
Experience has shown that this resource is most appreciated when:
- Time is allocated to introduce one of the particular ways of praying to a group of people: 1½ hours gives time to introduce the way of praying; time to experience this way of praying and time to share thoughts with others.
- Listening to God in Silence and Stillness is chosen as the first prayer experience as it is the foundation for all the others.
- Participants take home session leaflets to practice each way of praying.
The sessions you can choose from are:
- Listening to God in Silence and Stillness (recommended starting session)
- Bringing your Concerns into Prayer
- God in my day – Review
- Multi-sensory prayer – using images and symbols
- Multi-sensory prayer – using your own creativity
- Praying with music
- Praying with the Bible – Words and Phrases
- Praying with the Bible – Imagination
- Praying with the five senses
- Praying with a labyrinth
You can choose from the following 3 options:
- Invite an experienced Prayer Pack Facilitator into your community to lead a group and enable them to experience some different ways of praying. These facilitators have been trained in leading these sessions. Contact Barbara Wallace to see if there is a facilitator available in your area. The only cost to you is the printing of the handouts.
- Attend one or more of the Prayer Pack training sessions being offered in the diocese to clergy, church leaders and experienced prayer leaders over the coming months. Each training session will provide you with the experience of praying in a particular way and you will be given the script and pdf handouts for that session.
- Listening to God in Silence and Stillness, Friday 26th May, 10.00 – 12.00 at Eastry at Woodnesborough, St Mary
- Praying with The Bible – Holy Reading – Lectio Divina, Monday 12th June, 19.00 – 21.00 at Holy Trinity, Sittingbourne
- Praying with Music, Thursday 13 July, 10.00 – 12.00 at St Nicholas at Wade
- Multi-sensory Prayer – using our own creativity, Thursday 14th Sept, 19.00 – 21.00 at St Peter and St Paul, River
- Praying with The Bible – Imaginative Prayer, Wednesday 4th Oct, 19.00 – 21.00 at St Martin’s, Maidstone
- God in my day – review prayer, Thursday 19 Oct, 10.00 – 12.00 at All Saints, Canterbury
- Praying with a Labyrinth, Monday 30 Oct, 19.00 – 21.00 at St Leonard’s, Hythe
- Bringing Our Concerns to God in Prayer – Intercessory, Tuesday 21 Nov, 19.00 – 21.00 at St Nicholas, Pluckley
- Multi-sensory Prayer – using Images and Symbols, Friday 8 December, 10.00 – 12.00, Sandhurst Mission Church
- Training in leading these sessions can be arranged for your Deanery. Deaneries can choose the ways of praying they would like to explore and select the people they would like to be trained in leading those sessions. To discuss your training needs please contact Barbara Wallace.
Each of these exploratory sessions on ways of praying can be adapted to meet the needs of particular groups and situations.
For more information please contact: Barbara Wallace, Prayer Pack Co-ordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful links and downloadable resources
Colouring: colouring has become very popular in recent years. The act of colouring can aid contemplation and reflection. Revd Lesley Jones from All Saint’s in Murston has designed these beautiful drawings, each based on a biblical text, which are available to colour.