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Social media put Prayer Festival on the map

Social media put Prayer Festival on the map

Hundreds of children and adults visited a Prayer Festival at St Leonard's Church in Turner’s Hill and a posting on social media made all the difference.

Revd Canon David Tickner said the festival, in partnership with Turners Hill School, saw more friends arriving within minutes of the social media posting.

He said: “The Prayer Festival was part of the Year of Prayer activities which have been taking place in our churches and schools throughout the year.

“Over the three days, we had hundreds of adults and children visiting. On Saturday afternoon one of the visitors put the visit on social media and within 10 minutes many of their friends started to arrive.

“The festival was intended to appeal to everyone and we had lots of different activities including a parachute Prayer Tent which the children loved. At one time we had twenty plus children holding hands and saying the Lord's Prayer together.

“We had a basket beneath helium balloons into which the children dropped their prayers and let them rise high into the Church and there were Prayer Stones to hold and pray and drop into the water.

“There was a prayer wall and two Prayer Trees, one where the prayers were written on paper leaves and one where people cut out their hand print and wrote their prayers before hanging them on the tree. “There was a Plasma Ball as an illustration of how when we reach out to God He fills us with His power and there were storytelling and a quiet area with a globe for people to find a country and offer their prayers.

“Children created a Prayer Chain which eventually stretched the length of the Church, and we had candles and many other creative ways that we used to allow people to express prayer in their own way. “The festival came to a close with a Family Service on the last day at which the children blew bubbles for every Amen and we served ice-cream after the service!”

To view diocesan resources for the Year of Prayer click here