The Pathways to Prayer Pack
…A new resource to support and encourage different ways of praying…
The Pathways to Prayer Pack is a new resource to introduce, 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.
Our new practical resource explores ways in which we can pray:
- in silence and stillness
- with the Bible
- with images and symbols
- with all our senses
- with music
- by reviewing our prayer time
- by bringing our concerns to God
- by being creative
- by using a labyrinth
This resource has been used across the diocese with prayer groups, in parish programmes and during retreat times.
The Pathways to Prayer Pack contains:
- a Leader’s Guide – with a suggested time plan and notes for each of the prayer experiences.
- printable take-home leaflets for each session.
How it works…
Each of the prayer experiences has been designed:
- to introduce people to a different way of praying
- to encourage participants to practice this way of praying
- to encourage participants to reflect on how this way of praying is enabling them to come closer to God…. or not.
Through exploring these different ways of praying participants are always encouraged to pray as they can and not as they can’t. Some ways may be helpful and some may not… that’s OK…. Whatever the response, times of prayer can be refreshed with this resource.
“An excellent way to taste and try different ways of praying, in an informal and non-threatening environment. The level of information is just right: thorough but not overwhelming. Warmly recommended!” – Clergy
“I am a visual person but had never prayed this way before…” Participant – Praying with images and symbols
“Each evening had a gentle structure and the content was very accessible. People felt that this was a safe place in which they could speak quite honestly about their experiences.” – Clergy
Chris Chapman is available to introduce the Pathways to Prayer Pack to experienced prayer leaders in your communities, answer any practical questions about the material and offer additional support if required. Experience has shown that an initial 2-hour meeting to explore and pray with the resources has been most helpful. At the end of the meeting participants will be given the Pathways to Prayer Pack on a memory stick so that they can print materials as required.
For more information please contact: Chris Chapman at 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 St Micheal’s, Sittingbourne, has designed these beautiful drawings, each based on a biblical text, which are available to colour.