Thanks to the efforts of Fr. Paul Newman from St. Alban’s, Rev. Peter Bates from Oakwood and Mayfield Road Methodist Church and Rev. Romita Shrisunder from St. Philip’s and St. Mark’s this Lenten season saw another step on our ecumenical journey. We held three gatherings – one at each of our main churches.
The first held at St. Alban’s and led by Canon Mervyn Tower, a scripture theologian from Banbury. This was based on the importance of the scriptures, both in worship and in our everyday lives.
The second at St. Philip’s and led by Rev. Alan Harper, The Bishop’s Officer for Prayer and Worship at Derby Cathedral. This was a discussion on prayer and the many and varied ways in which we pray and use prayer in our daily tasks.
The final session – entitled Sacrifice – was held at Mayfield Road Methodist Church.Led by Rev Peter Bates, we considered sacrifice as a ritual or symbol of worship. The sacrificing of one thing to gain something better for ones self, and sacrifice for no personal gain , but for the good of others. Just as Jesus sacrificed His life on earth for our salvation.
Our journey together finished on Good Friday, with our annual Walk of Witness, when we join together to remember the Passion and Death of Our Lord. Starting at St. Philip’s with the first part of the story, then walking behind the Cross, via Sussex Circus, where we stop for prayer and a hymn, to St. Alban’s to continue the reading and then on to Mayfield Road Methodist Church for the final reading – The Crucifixion.
Then it is time for fellowship, in the form of tea, coffee and hot cross buns – and a time to chat to fellow Christians from our neighbouring churches.