For the first part of this week it will be those who care for, help and visit friends and neighbours for whom we will be praying. Shared eating, socialising, ‘being a voice of reason’, calling to see a lady who cannot now drive, shopping for a neighbour, and visiting a friend recovering from breast cancer, were among the things our fifty sample people reported. A small group will be reflecting on being ‘companions’ on Wednesday 20 May both at 10.15 a.m. at St James’ and at 7.30 p.m. at 78 Prince Street.
For the second part of this week, those taking part in our Lent activities are moving on to pray for the large number of members of our congregations who hike, ramble, run and walk, who take exercise at a Bowling Club, diving, at exercise classes, at keep-fit sessions, line dancing, sailing, swimming, physio, tap-dancing, toddler gymnastics and yoga, and for those for whom travelling ‘meeting new people’ and ‘visiting new places’ are important – and for those for whom these things are difficult or impossible. It would be interesting to make a list of all the sporting clubs or opportunities across Cross Roads and Haworth for which we might pray as well.
For the first part of this week, those taking part in our Lent activities are praying for each other as Christian disciples in family lives. This was the second biggest category of answers when we asked fifty people about where they spend their time. Strikingly, helping look after grandchildren was mentioned most often. Quite a number of others are caring for and supporting sick or elderly children, partners and parents. Distinctive words included ‘being there’, ‘home making’, enjoying, loving and visiting. There may also be more troubled relationships and loneliness which others were less willing to write down. Small groups will be meeting to reflect a bit about this at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday at 78 Prince Street repeated at 10.15 a.m. on Wednesday at St James’; for our Bible Study we will look at 1 Timothy 5.
Twenty people shared in special Ash Wednesday services and now many have begun to use our special Lent leaflet to pray for each other. For the end of this week we are simply praying for all that is done within the life of our churches, from those who run the stalls for the Friends of the Bronte Church to those who mow the grass at St Gabriel’s or cut the hedge at St James’. At 6.00 on Sunday some will gather at West Lane Baptist Church to watch the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ (about Stephen Hawking) which will be the basis of an ecumenical Lent Course there each Sunday evening.