St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Walking with God – A South Cheltenham Team Prayer walking initiative

Report from our second walk from St. Christopher’s on 12 May

This morning a group of us from 4 congregations in South Cheltenham gathered in St. Christopher’s Church to go on the prayer walk around the parish.  We were blessed even before we started with a beautiful sunny morning.

After a short prayer in church and leaving 4 faithful pray-ers in St. Christopher’s to pray, 12 of us made our way to the first of the five stops. We prayed for the shops and businesses on Salisbury Avenue, giving thanks for the valuable and friendly services they provide. We also prayed for and gave thanks for the work of our local councillors and PCSOs before having bacon or mushroom sandwiches at Sardar’s cafe. Sardar is a popular and respected member of our community and enjoyed hearing about our plans for the prayer walk.

Our second stop was the children’s play area where we gave thanks for the facilities provided by the Parish Council for teenagers and young families. We prayed for the URC centre which hosts many groups providing an outreach for people of all ages with their different programmes, and for the church space with varied services. As we continued along the road we were able to stop and talk to the police and local councillors and assure them of our prayers.

Around the corner we stopped and prayed for Warden Hill school, giving thanks for their welcome for the Open the Book team, who enthusiastically act out Bible stories each week, and to having Christian assemblies, and a prayer group for the school. We prayed for children taking SATs this week and for the upcoming sports week. We then made our way along to the sheltered housing complex and prayed for the residents and carers who enable a measure of independence for the residents to be part of our community.

Finally we took the footpath through the new estate to Morrisons, praying for families and chatting to dog walkers before our last stop at Weavers Field. One of the ‘Friends’ of the field, Tony Putley, kindly gave an interesting talk on its history and how Warden Hill was named. We prayed for current plans to enhance the area and gave thanks for this beautiful space enjoyed by many and from which we could see many of the South Cheltenham churches. We arrived back at church just after 11.30am for final prayers and welcome refreshments, praising God for this vibrant community and the opportunity and freedom to walk and to pray.

Future walks:
9 June from St Peter’s walks (meet at 9.15am)
14 July from St Philip and St James

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