Getting ready for Open Churches Week 2017
Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu charged churches to have a week of prayer leading up to Pentecost, the focus was to be on praying for our community and the sharing of our faith.
St Nicholas Dersingham responded by creating a prayer space consisting of 12 different interactive, creative prayer stations around the church to enable adults and children alike to pray. The reaction was wonderful and for some people there were life changing moments.
We live in an age where being busy is the norm and opportunities for being still are few and far between. However, when we make space in our lives, we can “Be Still and Know that [God is] God” (Psalm 46). This week it was reinforced to me how much people long to ‘Be Still’. This was very much the case with classes from Dersingham School visiting St Nicholas Church as the “Be Still” tent was one of the children’s favourites.
Paul in his letter the church at Philippi (Philippians 4:6-7) encouraged them and us to bring our petitions to the Lord in prayer. God hears our prayer whether we are at home, work, school, in church or out walking the dog. It is great when we find a space and time where we can be still and know that God is God.'