Prayer walk sets tone for Holy Week
|A prayer walk at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, includes photos and scriptures for reflection prior to Holy Week.|
A guided prayer walk for all ages begins Holy Week at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.
Walkers leave the worries of life behind as they journey through the church for a quiet time with God. The family-friendly prayer walk is held each year on the Friday before Palm Sunday from 6-8 p.m. It started in 2004.
“It is like stations of the cross,” explained Janet Collinsworth, coordinator. Participants stop at 10 stations for prayer and reflection, ending at the kneeling rail in the sanctuary.
The first two stations are very “kid friendly,” she said. Youth group members monitor a special area for small children.
Youth also guide the walkers and pray with people at the kneeling rail. Musicians play at several locations.
A prayer wall outside the sanctuary displays scriptures and photos of events over the past year and missions supported by the church.
Communion is served in the chapel. Participants may write prayers, which they pin on a cross. As they leave, they pick up a devotional booklet produced by the church.
“It is a very powerful family night,” Collinsworth said. “It’s a wonderful way to kick off Holy Week.”
—Adapted from the North Texas United Methodist Reporter.
AT A GLANCE » St. Andrew United Methodist Church | 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093 | (972) 380-8001 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.standrewumc.org | Senior Pastor: Rev. C. Robert Hasley | Average attendance: 1,611 | North Texas Conference